World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search


Regional Training For Simulator Instructors

Regional Training For Simulator Instructors

Instructors from nine Pacific Island States and Territories (PICTs) are in Suva this week (26 - 30 August 2013) participating in a week-long simulator training course for instructors.

The training is organized by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) with funding from the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Technical Co-operation Fund and Singapore through the Singapore-IMO Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on a Third Country Training Programme (TCTP).

SPC’s Deputy Director Transport, Brian Riches said the training is a ‘rare’ opportunity for PICTs to upgrade skills and knowledge, locally as training of this sort usually happens outside the Pacific. He said the main objective of the training is to improve competence of instructors involved in simulator training.

‘The programme is mainly set around the Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) 2010 amendments and aimed to enhance the capacity of trained and qualified instructors to deliver structured competence-based education and training programmes for seafarers in accordance to the STCW Convention,’ he said.

‘Ship handling is an art, involving moving vessels worth millions of dollars. We need to acknowledge the importance of simulation and understand its role in meeting STCW guidelines. ,’ Mr Riches said.

Training facilitator Captain Loo Kee Huat from the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore said the training – held in the Pacific island region for the first time – is proving to be beneficial for PICTs.

‘Simulator training shortens the learning curve (expedites the learning process) of a sea farer. The training is done in a risk-free environment so you learn from your mistakes but, in a real life situation, mistakes cost you dearly, most importantly lives at sea,’ he said.

‘We train the simulator instructors and then the respective countries train their own. This training is mainly done to bring the standards up to IMO requirements. The participants are very keen to learn and are readily accepting new technology and this augurs well with the region,’ he said.

According to Mr Riches, the main issue facing the Pacific is access to new information. ‘The issue for us here in the Pacific is remoteness and keeping up-to-date with modern techniques and methodology can sometimes be a challenge.

‘The next step is for instructors to take this knowledge back to their countries, and disseminate this new information to its people.’

A highlight of the workshop was the visit to Fiji National University’s (FNU) maritime campus in Nasese where participants were introduced to the state-of–the-art simulation equipment­ (full mission bridge and engine room simulator) which costs over FJ$ 2 million.


© Scoop Media

World Headlines


University of Auckland: Low-Lying Pacific Island Has More Land Above Sea Level Than In 1943

An inhabited island in the low-lying Pacific nation of the Marshall Islands, which are thought to be at risk of being inundated by rising sea levels, has actually increased in size since 1943, scientists say. And the increase in area above sea level is likely ... More>>

APEC : Leaders Issue Kuala Lumpur Declaration

The leaders of the 21 APEC member economies issued the Kuala Lumpur Declaration following the first-ever virtual 27th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting chaired by Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin. Convening for the first time since the ... More>>

OHCHR: UN Committee Issues Recommendations To Combat Racial Profiling

The Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination today published its guidance to combat racial profiling, emphasizing, among other issues, the serious risk of algorithmic bias when artificial intelligence (AI) is used in law enforcement. The ... More>>

G20: Global Co-Operation And Strong Policy Action Needed For A Sustainable Recovery

The COVID-19 crisis has exposed major weaknesses in our economies that can only be fixed through greater global co-operation and strong, targeted policy action, according to a new OECD report presented to the Leaders of the G20 countries at their ... More>>