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    Norwegian Prime Minister to open Farstad Shipping simulation centre in Perth

    Training // December 8, 2011

    On December 9th the Norwegian Prime Minister, Jens Stoltenberg, is to open a new offshore simulation centre owned by Farstad Shipping in Perth, Australia.

    Farstad claims that the centre is the world's largest and most advanced offshore simulation centre for marine operations.

    "The opening of Farstad Shipping simulation centre is a milestone to Farstad Shipping. The centre is not only a major investment in our employees' skills and safety, but also a proof of the knowledge possessed by the Norwegian maritime industry," said the company's Chief Executive Officer, Karl-Johan Bakken.

    The simulation centre is a result of close interaction between multiple actors in the maritime cluster in the western part of Norway. Strong maritime traditions and a local culture of commitment to innovation, research and development has created the foundation for global efforts.

    Mr Bakken said the simulation centre in Australia is a result of the close collaboration between Aalesund University College, Farstad Shipping and the Offshore Simulator Centre (OSC) in Aalesund.

    "Farstad Shipping aims to be a leading supplier of quality services, with a focus on safety, competence and technology," said Mr Bakken.

    "The centre is crucial to achieving Farstad Shipping's goal of zero harm to people, environment and equipment," he explained. "The unique training programme will serve Farstad Shipping's commitment to develop and empower employees. Team training, interaction and communication are all important elements in simulator training."

    "Safety and employee development constitute the basis for all our operations and activities. The purpose of centre is to provide training facilities for our personnel and to test offshore operations under adverse conditions," said Mr Bakken.


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