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MAAP further strengthens simulation-based training of its cadets

September 16, 2022

The delivery contract with Kongsberg Digital advances the academy’s new and extensive Innovation Lab equipment

The AMOSUP-managed Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific (MAAP) is further augmenting its simulation-based training equipment with the delivery of a range of maritime simulators. The academy has been a first adopter of new simulation-based training tools for years, with Kongsberg Digital’s simulator systems central to the future-oriented lab.

Its recent signing of a contract with Kongsberg Digital further geared the academy’s new and extensive Innovation Lab with an already wide-ranging K-sim products, strengthening MAAP’s position as an institution of excellence for maritime education and innovation in the region.

The agreement, which consists of a Long-Term System Support Program (LTSSP), includes the delivery of Kongsberg Digital’s cutting-edge maritime simulators which places emphasis on Digital Twin, Shore Control, Remote Control Center and MASS (maritime autonomous surface ship) technologies. The investment will enable MAAP to enhance training and assessment, and to conduct advanced research in, for example, e-Navigation, and validate operational concepts, including smart and autonomous ships.

As part of the Digital Twin initiative, Kongsberg Digital’s Vessel Insight will be installed on the academy’s training vessel enabling MAAP’s students to take a leading role with first-hand experience on vessel-to-cloud data infrastructure. This can capture and give them the ability to analyse vessel data over time.

Also covered by the system extension is the delivery of a brand-new celestial navigation simulator system, which allows instructors to provide trainee officers with hands-on experience in a safe, controlled, and realistic environment meeting the standards laid out in the STCW requirements.

In addition, Kongsberg Digital will deliver new consoles for MAAP´s existing K-Sim Navigation bridge simulators, as well as a mid-life upgrade of its motion platform, including four class-B K-Sim Engine room simulators. This will extend and complete MAAP´s wide range of existing K-Sim simulators covering various training purposes, like ship handling/navigation, engine room management, cargo handling and advanced firefighting simulator system.

Consolidating its position as a leading adopter of the new digital technology, MAAP started using Kongsberg Digital’s K-Sim Connect platform in 2019 for cloud-based simulation training to complement classroom education. Since then, the cloud-based K-Sim Engine training applications have allowed the academy’s students to practice and prepare for their exams anytime, anywhere and at their own pace.
Kongsberg Digital will soon launch its latest extension to the company’s cloud- based simulation portfolio, the K-Sim Navigation, and the contract with MAAP includes the delivery of this brand-new training application. MAAP will thus be one of the first training centers world-wide to start using it for blended learning.

MAAP President Admiral Eduardo Ma Santos, says: “MAAP is a leading institution of excellence for maritime education and training in the Asia-Pacific region, but the worlds of maritime training and simulation never stand still. Our longstanding relationship with Kongsberg Digital has consistently equipped us to retain our position as a pioneer in the use of new simulation-based training tools.”

“With this contract, MAAP is demonstrating regional leadership and a willingness to invest in the future,” says Andreas Jagtøyen, EVP Kongsberg Digital. “As a clear pioneer in the use of new simulation-based training tools and cloud-based solutions, MAAP is investing and demonstrating serious intent when it comes to the future education and training of seafarers. Our relationship with MAAP goes back decades, and we are immensely proud to be trusted by this respected institution. We are looking forward to delivering our K-Sim and Vessel Insight products and contributing to a very exciting innovation initiative.”SF