Immingham-based Modal Training, the first organisation in the UK to offer integrated, multimodal logistics training, has invested in a full suite of advanced ship, offshore vessel, engine room and radar simulators from Kongsberg Maritime, the global leader in marine training technology.
Modal Training will use the equipment, which includes a detailed 360o model of the Humber, to support the delivery of advanced training courses for maritime professionals and businesses at its new £7million centre of excellence which is currently being developed.
The simulators will enable Modal to offer training that effectively replicates the working environment for a wide range of maritime roles, including bridge crews, navigators, maritime engineers and Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) operators. Each part of the simulator system can be operated independently, or be interconnected to provide full vessel operation exercises for an entire crew.
Patrick Henry, CEO of Modal Training, said:
“Modal is here to provide training of the absolute highest quality to maritime businesses across the Humber region and beyond, which is why we’ve invested in a full suite of advanced marine simulators from Kongsberg Maritime.
“We’ve listened to leading companies from across the maritime, offshore and renewables industries, and we are in the process of developing an extensive suite of equipment designed to meet their real-world training requirements exactly. Kongsberg Maritime is the global leader in marine technology and its simulators are widely regarded as the finest available in the world today.
“The Humber is home to the UK’s largest multi-purpose ports complex and Modal will provide the high quality, tailored training that businesses need to take advantage of growing opportunities in the region and across the wider sector. Local businesses that would have previously had to travel for this kind of specialised simulator training will now be able to benefit from industry leading facilities here in Immingham.”
The centrepiece of the simulation suite will be a Class A full mission K-Sim Offshore vessel simulator with forward and aft bridge, configured with a DP2 dynamic positioning system and anchor handling vessel hardware. The suite will also be equipped with two Class B K-Sim Navigation ship’s bridge simulators, with one configured as a workboat/tug bridge.
Modal has also invested in a K-Sim DP Class C desktop simulator system for dynamic positioning training, and a desktop K-Sim Navigation configured for ECDIS radar training for up to six students. The engine room suite is equipped with a full mission K-Sim Engine simulator, including the high voltage functionality, and a desktop engine room simulator. A K-Sim VTS operator simulator system completes the new equipment line-up.
Sølvi Opthun, Area Sales Manager, Kongsberg Maritime, said:
“Our ‘Full Picture’ approach, which covers a wide range of maritime training disciplines, was successful in a competitive tender for this major maritime simulator contract. By demonstrating the capability and versatility of our technology and the possibility of integration for future training needs, we were able to meet Modal Training’s demanding requirements of its new simulation partner. We are looking forward to working closely with them towards a smooth 2016 delivery and on-going partnership.”
Modal Training is a new £7million centre of excellence for the ports, energy and logistics sector, providing integrated, multimodal logistics training for sea, road, rail and air. Jointly funded by the Grimsby Institute and the Humber LEP, as part of the Humber Growth Deal, Modal Training will be located in a purpose-designed 5, 696m2 facilities on Kings Road in Immingham, and is set to open in September 2016.
Further information about Modal Training and the courses available can be found at http://modaltraining.co.uk