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MARITIME: SAMTRA Gets Tug Simulator Upgrade

 



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VOITH Turbo South Africa recently handed over the Voith Schneider ship handling simulator upgrade to Fred Jacobs, chairman of the board of SAMTRA (SA Maritime Training Academy), the Simon’s Town based Section 21 marine training establishment.

The Voith Schneider control desk, and simulation software has been installed by Force Technologies in conjunction with existing ship and tug simulators at SAMTRA.

The Voith Schneider Propeller and steering system equips vessels with excellent maneuverability, and its unusual characteristics, which include virtually instantaneous changes of direction as well as the highest degree of safety and redundancy are well known in harbours around Africa.

The facility can offer simulated training models in the Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and Durban harbor environments. Virtual-reality images of ports and various vessels are projected onto screens that mimic real-life views from the bridge of the vessel. The simulation even includes low-key engine noises to indicate power settings.

There are now around 100 Voith Schneider Propellers in operation in sub-Saharan Africa.

This fact, and the predictions that exports from the high growth regions of Africa are expected to triple by 2030, means that increasingly efficient, and reliable ship handling methods will be necessary to manage corresponding volume and ship size growth.

This makes the need to provide accredited training on these systems increasingly important.

Apart from applications in the renowned Voith Water Tractor (VWT) harbour and escort tugs, Voith Schneider Propellers are also found in naval vessels such as mine hunters, in ferries, and increasingly in offshore applications such as PSV and OSV’s.

Operators of Voith Schneider Propeller equipped vessels will be offered training covering:

Tug handling and familiarisation

Advanced VWT Tug handling

Escort Towing.


 
 
 
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