July 20, 2017—Linthicum Heights, Maryland - Glen Paine, Executive Director of MITAGS-PMI, announced the expansion of the schools’ tractor-tug simulation facilities. The upgrade project has taken more than three years of research, design and planning. The Baltimore campus now has the capability of integrating up to four, assist tugs, and two, full-mission bridges in one exercise.
“The ASD tug integrated with the full-mission simulators allow pilots, ship masters and tug operators to train in the same scenario. This greatly enhances the realism and training related to tug placement / control, communications, and operational techniques. The use of two tug bridges, integrated with the full-mission bridge, has become a regular feature of operational research projects.” This expansion will allow us to add to standard training programs” Paine explained.
The Transas NT Pro 5000 has improved hydrodynamic modeling and interaction capabilities for training in tasks including offshore operations, ship assist, high-speed escort work, anchor equipment operation, platform moves, and tug master and pilot training. The latest Transas NT bridge software is in use at the Baltimore and Seattle campuses.
The two additional tug bridges also benefit the Navigation Skills Assessment Program (NSAP), tanker escorts, tug and barge operations, ARPA and ECDIS training program. Note that the bridges can be modified to simulate conventional and other tug types.
MITAGS-PMI is a nonprofit vocational training center for individuals seeking to enter the maritime profession and for professional mariners seeking to advance their careers. With campuses in Baltimore and Seattle, it is the leader in maritime training, pilot programs, ship simulation and operational research, providing customized solutions for both individual companies and members of the International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots. To learn more, visit www.mitags-pmi.org.
MITAGS and PMI are the primary training centers of the I.O.M.M.&P.
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