Singapore officers union invests $3.2m in simulation centre

Singapore's Minister PM's Office Lim Swee Say tries out the simulator

As part of its efforts to promote seafaring as a career the Singapore Maritime Officers Union (SMOU) has invested SGD4m ($3.2m) in a simulation centre.

The Wavelink Maritime Simulation Centre was officially opened on Friday and comprises a 240 degree full mission bridge simulator, engine room simulator, ECDIS and liquid cargo handling simulator.

Earlier this year SMOU along with the Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA), NTUC’s e2i (Employment and Employability Institute) committed SGD22m over five years for Singaporeans and residents wanting to pursue a career in seafaring through the three year Tripartite Nautical Training Award (TNTA).

SMOU said the simulation centre would be one of the key components in the enhancing the training of the cadets and officers.

“I encourage shipping companies to make full use of the simulators to train as well as upgrade their officers so that they can have better pay and a better life for themselves and their family,” Mary Liew, general secretary of SMOU said at the opening.

Opening coincided with the 7th intake of the TNTA programme with 30 cadets. Their six-month pre-sea classroom training will now include 100 hours of simulator training.

“The past cohorts of cadets can only look at static photos of the various ship instruments but now we can have about 100 hours of hands-on experience with various scenarios. I believe this training will give me the competitive edge and put me a head above the rest in my maritime career,” said TNTA cadet, Mckenrick Lim Jun Sheng.


The official opening of the Wavelink Maritime Simulation Centre



Posted 10 May 2014

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