Wärtsilä Advances Crew Training at Wavelink with Simulator Technology

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Technology group Wärtsilä has supplied its new dual-fuel engine simulator technology to Wavelink Maritime Institute (WMI), the maritime training arm of the Singapore Maritime Officer’s Union (SMOU). The navigational and technological simulators represent a central feature of the simulation suite at WMI, which was recently inaugurated by H.E. Ms. Grace FU Hai Yien, Minister for Sustainability and the Environment and Minister-in-charge of Trade Relations of the Republic of Singapore.

Sustainable fuels will play an integral role in the maritime industry’s goal of achieving net-zero shipping emissions by 2050. However, a crucial aspect of this transition is upskilling crews to handle these new and alternative fuels. Wärtsilä’s state-of-the-art simulator technology is specifically designed to train seafarers in the latest efficiency concepts and prepare them to operate with the next generation of marine fuels. The dual-fuel simulators include a virtual reality element that replicates realistic scenarios involving different fuels and engine types. Additionally, they incorporate cloud-based simulation integrated with Wavelink’s own learning management system to offer blended learning experiences.

“Seafarers today must continue to reskill and upskill, particularly in the areas of decarbonisation and new alternative fuels. Wärtsilä’s advanced simulator technology allows us to provide the highest quality maritime training, ensuring that our students are fully in step with the transition currently underway in the shipping industry,” says Mr Teo Keong Kok, Managing Director, Wavelink Maritime Institute.

The simulation suite also includes a full-mission bridge with 270-degree visualization and a part-task bridge with 120-degree visualization for ultimate hands-on ship handling training in compliance with international standards. The technical simulators comprise full-mission and multi-functional network classroom setups for engine-room and liquid cargo handling training.

“We are pleased to continue our strong relationship with WMI,” comments Kiran Kumar, Product Sales Manager at Wärtsilä Marine. “Climate regulation is pushing for constant improvement in fuel efficiency to drive down emissions meaning alternative and transition fuels will play a significant role in achieving these goals. The new simulation suite with Wärtsilä technology provides realistic training opportunities that will allow their graduates to safely operate technologically advanced vessels, whilst preparing them for shipping’s decarbonized future.”

Wärtsilä began its partnership with WMI in 2014 with the launch of a maritime simulation center, including a class of 16 workstations. An integrated engine room and liquid cargo handling simulator class of 20 workstations was also delivered for the training of engineering watchkeeping personnel.

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About Wärtsilä Marine

Wärtsilä Marine is a global pioneer in power, propulsion, and lifecycle solutions for the marine market. The company develops industry-leading technologies that advance maritime’s transition to new fuels. Wärtsilä supports building an end-to-end digital ecosystem where all vessels and ports are connected.

Ultimately, Wärtsilä Marine is driving the shipping industry forward on its journey towards a decarbonized and sustainable future through its broad portfolio of engines, propulsion systems, hybrid technology, exhaust treatment, shaft line solutions, and digital technologies. The offering, underpinned by performance-based agreements, upgrades, lifecycle solutions, decarbonization services, and an unrivaled global network of maritime expertise, delivers the efficiency, reliability, safety, and environmental performance needed to support a safe and sustainable future for customers, communities, and the planet.

About Wärtsilä

Wärtsilä is a global leader in innovative technologies and lifecycle solutions for the marine and energy markets. The company emphasizes innovation in sustainable technology and services to help customers continuously improve environmental and economic performance. With a dedicated team of 17,800 professionals in more than 280 locations across 79 countries, Wärtsilä is shaping the decarbonization transformation of industries worldwide. In 2023, Wärtsilä’s net sales totaled EUR 6.0 billion. Wärtsilä is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki.

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