Zeaborn Ship Management (ZSM) has selected Wärtsilä Voyage’s Cloud Simulation Solution to provide online training for masters and navigational officers.
The cloud-based simulators will be used for COLREGS (Convention on the international regulations for preventing collisions at sea) courses with plans to expand the solution to enhance the competence of their crew in other navigational areas, and also engine and cargo handling.
Zeaborn is the first shipping company in Germany to use the new cloud simulation solution by Wärtsilä Voyage to train their seafarers.
Seafarers are required to enhance their competence through various training courses and seminars.
However the COVID-19 pandemic has brought travel restrictions and stringent lockdown measures. Classroom training has become difficult or impossible to conduct.
The situation, however, became manageable with Wärtsilä Voyage’s Cloud Simulation, which allowed instruction to be continued online while providing flexibility and efficiency, according to the company.
Zeaborn and Wärtsilä have created various exercises and tested them with seafarers based in different countries, from the Philippines to Europe, in the new cloud simulation solution.
ZSM is currently conducting two scheduled, instructor-led COLREGS courses, for 12 officers per week. Deck officers are routinely scheduled to go through the company trainings weekly.
Assessments of current skills have identified scope for enhancing knowledge and expertise in these areas.
Johan Ekvall, Head of Product, Simulation and Training at Wärtsilä Voyage, said, “By making remote training via cloud services both feasible and coherent, Wärtsilä is providing a valuable tool that can support our customers in their strategic pursuit of greater efficiencies.”
Shane Rozario, Global Head of Training at Zeaborn Group, added, “Wärtsilä Voyage’s Cloud Simulation allows us to customise our COLREGS training, specific to company needs. We can identify, then address those specific gaps in a skillset, rather than applying a generic ‘one size fits all’ overview training.
“We aim to keep these trainings short and focused on a particular area.”