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GE Marine upgrade sims at Egyptian DP centre

GE Marine reports that it has upgraded the DP training facility at the Arab Academy for Science, Technology & Maritime Transport (AASTMT) in northern Egypt with its latest Class A training simulator.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The AAST-GE DP Centre was established in 2012 through a joint effort between GE and the Academy.

Operated by AASTMT, the facility is one of only 12 centres in the world that are approved by the Nautical Institute (NI) to offer Sea Time Reduction courses. This means that trainees are credited with 30 days of Sea Time when they complete five days of intensive training in the Class A Dynamic Positioning (DP) simulator. 

GE Marine is to continue operating the simulator as a joint project with the Academy for the next five years under the latest deal.

“Since its inauguration the centre has trained up to 800 students to become certified in operating DP systems,” said Dr Ismail Abd Ghafar, president of the AASTMT.

“GE has been a central partner from the initial stages of this training centre and they continue to play a role in ensuring the smooth upgrade of our systems. The technology they are providing for the training of mariners will allow us to offer a service that few other centres in the world can.”

The simulator uses both hardware and software from GE Marine, with Applied Research International (ARI) acting as the preferred simulator supplier for GE’s DP training projects.

“Driving innovation through the invention of new technologies and key partnerships are key priorities for GE Marine. We highly value our long-term relationship with ARI, who has helped us to drive innovation to new heights in the marine training space,” said Tim Schweikert, VP, GE Marine.

“With over 900 of our DP systems deployed worldwide, the training centre in Egypt will add to our capability in training future mariners for more efficient and safe maritime operations and also help meet the needs of the offshore and petroleum services in the Middle East and beyond.”{/mprestriction}

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