MarineSafety Providing Simulator Training For Apprentice Pilots

—Literature Available In the first program of its kind in the U.S., the California State Board of Pilot Commissioners has contracted with MarineSafety International to provide visual shiphandling simulator training for all apprentice pilots.

The first apprentice pilot course for the State Board of Pilot Commissioners was held recently in the MarineSafety Shiphandling Simulator Training Complex in Newport, R.I. Five apprentice San Francisco pilots attended the eight-day course which was specially designed to complement the pilot's apprentice program with the bar pilots. Ship maneuvers were conducted in a computer model of San Francisco Bay and the Oakland area and in a generic area especially designed to provide challenging maneuvering and docking problems.

The purpose of the simulator training is to accelerate the learning gained from "hands-on" experience.

Using the simulators, the Marine Safety instructors can control conditions such as weather and traffic and create emergency conditions which might occur only once in a pilot's lifetime.

The eight-day training program includes training modules (a module consists of instruction, simulator exercises and critique) such as entering a harbor, port approaches, piloting in restricted visibility, use of automated radar plotters, handling in narrow channels, working with tugs, docking and emergencies.

MarineSafety, a wholly owned subsidiary of FlightSafety International, provides shiphandling training for the U.S. Navy and commercial shipping companies, using simulators at Kings Point, N.Y. and Newport, R.I.

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Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 29,  Sep 1988

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