The IMO and MCA have just given their approval to roll out the new MNTB Bridge Watchkeeping Simulator Skills Training Programme

The IMO and MCA have just given their approval to roll out the new MNTB Bridge Watchkeeping Simulator Skills Training Programme.  The overall aim of the programme is to provide cadets with the necessary underpinning knowledge to familiarise them with the bridge equipment and watchkeeping duties on board a vessel, giving them the necessary skills and confidence to manage their first seagoing experience.  MNTB Director, Kathryn Neilson commented.

“ the MNTB has been looking at ways to improve the quality of sea time for all our UK cadets and by utilising state of the art simulator technology, we are able to demonstrate and replicate experiences, and scenarios that are not possible on board a ship.  This programme will enable the cadet to become familiar with bridge technology and build confidence in preparation for their first watchkeeping duties on board.  A huge thank you to the MNTB working group, particularly Fleetwood Nautical Campus for the huge contribution they have made to this project and the MCA and the IMO for the support they have given to ensure this initiative was realised”.

This 2-part 10-day Simulator Training programme will be delivered by MCA approved Maritime Colleges/Universities as part of the UK cadet training programme and will be used in lieu of 1 month sea time and will be credited towards OOW seagoing service requirements.  A similar simulator training programme for Engineering students is currently under development.