A crane operations simulator is the new brainchild of the Port of New York and New Jersey, as it makes plans for its state-of-the-art training centre, reported JOC.com.
The new east coast centre, to be named the New York Harbour Crane Operator’s Centre, will primarily train members of the International Longshoremen’s Association; the simulator is much like the training simulators used for airline pilots.
The simulator is expected to be installed in January, 2017, John Nardi, the President of the New York Shipping Association who helped with the initiative, said: “we have 60 cranes in the port and we don’t have a simulator.
So to train people, we have to put them up in a live container crane, and it’s a very arduous process that takes a lot of time; so what we would do is train people in a simulator first, and move onto the crane.”
Companies such as TBA are developing wearable virtual reality technology in order to improve training capabilities at ports and terminals.
PTI-TBA recently launched its online training portal at PTI’s recent Terminal Automation and Training Conference, which is designed to improve staff productivity.