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FEATURE: TRAINING & EDUCATION can escalate in a domino effect.” low draft companies and customizes

Lisa Overing is an award-winning

Zero incidents, zero injuries and FMT’s training for Subchapter M. marine journalist and copywriter.

Lisa served on the board of directors eliminating critical barge and equip- “Everything we do now has an as- of Boating Writers Int’l from 2007- ment failures doesn’t just happen sessment,” said Schwab. “It’s not 2012. She is published in nine lan- guages for some the world’s leading yachting titles. by osmosis. It’s a result of continual about dulling the sword, but about

Additionally, she is creative director for Megayacht safety training that breeds operational sharpening the sword and building

Media, an advertising agency for marine busi- nesses. Email: awareness and con? dence to antici- new levels of con? dence to strengthen pate a dif? cult situation on an inland the student’s abilities.” waterway before it actually occurs.

Training and experience teaches cap- tains to be in position in the right place at the right time with a big, heavy tow, allowing students to train in critical ar- eas on the simulator. For instance, pas- sage is tricky when the water is running hard near Morgan City, LA.

The simulator actually gives the sense of a vessel moving on the water and how it feels, rocking in open water, and even running aground if there’s in- suf? cient water beneath the vessel.

Importantly, and for the widely di- verse world of inland transportation,

Delgado’s simulators adapt for both conventional and Z-drive propulsion.

Situations can be tailored for unique circumstances, from running a light boat in the IntraCoastal Canal to push- ing 30 loaded barges southbound in the

Mississippi River with a 6000HP tow- boat. Inland and offshore wheelhouse simulation is also offered at Delgado.

“We now video the simulation to pull and review as we make our full report,” said training instructor Capt.

Shelden Detrafford, adding “Ships are easy, but a tow boat is different dealing with current. It’s as large as a ship, but not the same propulsion and handling of a ship, especially in bad weather.”

The simulator provides students with the opportunity to learn how to ? ank bridges, letting the current bring a large tow around the bend.

Over time, Delgado has expanded the former Marad facility to address

STCW, a full radar suite and advanced inland waterway training. Delgado trains personnel from various shal- 55 MN

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