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    Modal Training unveils simulation courses

    Training // July 27, 2016

    Modal Training, which claims to be the UK's first fully-integrated multimodal logistics training centre, has revealed its course offering for the sea sector, which will support its £2 million investment in a simulation suite from Kongsberg Maritime.

    A full range of marine simulator courses will be delivered for deck, engineering and electro-technical officers working, or aspiring to work, in the deep sea, offshore and port sectors. Highly experienced instructors will be employed to deliver industry-accredited courses. These will cover: Bridge Resource and Team Management; Dynamic Positioning (DP); ECDIS; Navigation and Radar (NARS); Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS); Human Element, Leadership & Management (HELM); High Voltage (HV); Engine Room; and Vessel Traffic Service (VTS).

    Modal Training's £7 million facility in Immingham will house a Full Mission Bridge DNV Class A Kongsberg K-Sim simulator, incorporating a detailed 360 degree model of the Humber, as well as forward and aft bridge stations for DP and Anchor Handling operations. This can be connected to work simultaneously with the Engine Room simulator to provide full crew training.

    Modal has also invested in a K-Sim Class C desktop simulator system, with six PCs for dynamic positioning training, and a desktop K-Sim ECDIS radar simulator for up to six students. The engine room suite is equipped with a full mission K-Sim engine simulator with new high voltage breaker functionality, and a desktop engine room. A K-Sim VTS operator simulator completes the new equipment line-up.

    Patrick Henry, Managing Director of Modal Training, said: "Whilst Modal Training's investment is directed at the offshore renewable sector, the course provision will be attractive to all mariners refreshing their qualifications, developing new skills or completing gaps in their current proficiencies. The hallmark of this course offering will be practically focussed, cognitive-based training that emphasises experiential learning for students.

    "Our training will be the ideal solution for organisations conducting their own internal training programmes or wishing to explore mission rehearsal scenarios. With this facility and teaching capability, we believe that Modal Training's offering will be world class."

    Alongside mandatory training, Modal Training will also provide introductory courses for managers and corporate organisations that need a fuller understanding of the operational issues associated with vessel and boat operations including DP, ECDIS, HV and VTS. The stand-alone Type C simulators provide desktop scenarios that enable individual students to explore operational functions at their own pace, dependent upon previous marine experience.

    Jointly funded by the Grimsby Institute and the Humber LEP, as part of the Humber Growth Deal, Modal Training will be located in purpose-designed 5,696m2 facilities on Kings Road in Immingham, and is set to open in November 2016.

    Its centre of excellence for the ports, energy and logistics sectors will be equipped with state-of-the-art simulators for training maritime crew, truck and crane drivers, delivering realistic training, replicating the working environment, in a wide range of settings. Facilities will include extensive warehousing, engineering and rail safety teaching facilities, and the UK's only Freight Forwarding Academy.

    Further information about Modal Training and the courses available can be found at

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