Wärtsilä delivers the very first cloud simulation service in Africa to the Technical University of Mombasa

Wärtsilä Voyage equips the Technical University of Mombasa (TUM) with cloud simulation services. This makes TUM the first African university to introduce cloud-based maritime training services. The contract was signed in November 2021 and the services will be implemented from January 2022.

TUM’s Maritime Training Academy is a leading maritime training university in East Africa and this modern training technology will greatly help Kenyan and other African seafarers to train remotely in STCW (Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers) training as well as others Value-adding training courses that use the latest digital learning platforms. The SaaS cloud simulation services will be available at TUM and offer all the advantages of a cloud-based training. The sessions will always have up-to-date databases, content (exercises and scenarios) will be tailored, and training will be accessible on-demand from anywhere and with a variety of devices.

Cloud simulators complement local simulators and ensure world-class distance training even for off-campus seafarers who are in distant parts of Africa or anywhere in the world.

“The global pandemic has shown the importance of strong distance learning institutions, and TUM is proud to be the first African university to deliver results on this front. Wärtsilä Voyage was the perfect partner to implement our strategy of future-proof simulator training. We share the same vision of smart, high quality, and effective learning and assessment techniques for seafarers. Wärtsilä Voyage’s know-how and systems, which we thoroughly tested for a month, now enable us to offer our officers and customers safe and effective remote simulator training, ”said Prof. Laila Abubakar, The Vice Chancellor, Technical University of Mombasa.

“TUM has long been recognized as a leader in identifying and introducing creative innovations that are industry-best practices for training and evaluating crews. We are pleased to have found the right solution for the training needs of their remote simulators and to have been the first company to introduce cloud simulation services in the African region with our market-leading solution. We aim to continue our long-term cooperation with TUM, ”says Mather Al-Ali, Head of Sales, Middle East, Africa & India (MEAI) at Wärtsilä Voyage.

A new milestone in African seafaring education

The SaaS cloud simulation services will be available at TUM and offer all the advantages of a cloud-based training. The sessions will always have up-to-date databases, content (exercises and scenarios) will be tailored, and training will be accessible on-demand from anywhere and with a variety of devices.

Cloud simulators complement local simulators and ensure world-class distance training even for off-campus seafarers who are in distant parts of Africa or anywhere in the world.

As the technology of the future becomes more sophisticated and the adoption of green continues to accelerate, regular training with digital learning tools is inevitably becoming the norm. The new DNV Class D certification standard for cloud training introduced in July this year underscores the added value of simulation and remote learning – a positive step in the ongoing transition to blended learning in the maritime education industry.

“Wärtsilä Voyage’s NTPRO simulator was the first interactive, instructor-led cloud training solution to receive the new DNV Class D certification, which officially confirms that the Wärtsilä online simulation recognized the established and globally recognized ones Meets or exceeds requirements for seaman certification, ”adds Al. added -Ali.

“We will continue to innovate and exceed in this area in order to significantly increase the possibilities for shipping institutes and their learners and to enable maximum flexibility and efficiency in maritime training. We firmly believe that blended learning is the future of maritime education. “
Source: Wärtsilä

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