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MOL introduces simulator training for VLOC crews

MOL introduces simulator training for VLOC crews

Tokyo: Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) and its affiliated consultancy M.O. Marine Consulting have jointly developed a simulator-based training program for seafarers who will operate very large ore carriers (VLOCs).

The model for the training programme is a 300,000dwt class (the world's largest) VLOC operated by MOL. In the future, the programme will be incorporated into the operation simulator at MOL seafarer training centers around the world to further strengthen the safe operation of VLOCs and Capesize bulkers.

The companies developed the new training program to address safety concerns involving such large new vessels. When calling at ports for bunkering, loading, and discharging, VLOCs face difficulties due to narrow channels, strong tidal currents, congested vessel traffic, ships at anchorage, and so on.

MOL has implemented a wide variety of efforts to facilitate safe operation such as by allocating experienced Japanese captains at loading and discharging ports as Maritime Advisers and providing onboard support during the maiden voyages of VLOCs. The company says it will continue its commitment to even safer operation by refining the operating skills of captains and seafarers through the development and implementation of the simulator-based training programme. [07/09/09]