Major UK Port Invests in Simulators


Associated British Ports (ABP), the UK’s largest port operator, has said that its maritime and logistics training facility in Immingham has taken delivery of marine, crane and truck simulators.

Modal, with which ABP has a partnership, earlier this year opened the facility, which is owned by the professional training school Grimsby Institute.

New training simulators were set up at the Modal Training Complex near the Port of Immingham, the UK's largest port by tonnage, handling around 55 million tonnes.

Construction for the ports, energy and logistics training complex cost US $9 million and was initially announced in 2015.

Modal’s marine, crane and HGV simulators allow employers to  train workers, develop teams and test processes quickly and cheaply, ABP said.

Trainees can develop skills and acquire experience that would otherwise take a lifetime to achieve, for example in stevedoring.

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They can also receive training in Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) and forklift driving.

Simon Bird, Director, Humber, ABP Ports said: “This arrangement perfectly captures our relentless focus on innovation and on safety.

“Our people are getting the very highest standard of training which in turn means our customers are getting the highest levels of service and the Humber is an even safer and more efficient environment for everyone.”

Ella Brown, Business Development Manager for Modal Training said: “ABP have been instrumental in helping us shape what we can offer here at Modal.

“Having the input from ABP’s various teams about their own training needs has enabled us to put our simulators to the test and stretch the boundaries of the training and skills opportunities we could offer.

“The current training packages provided for their employees have a great synergy with our own company ethos and will no doubt provide many local people with fantastic career prospects. We are thrilled to being working with everyone at ABP.” 

ABP recently selected Phil Nolan as Non-Executive Chairman, replacing Robert Walvis, who retired as Chairman on February 28, 2017

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