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Although, there’s a Ship Modeling & billion — Olympic, Havila, Bourbon, Offshore or Remoy Shipping with its the courses, including those at the Nor-

Simulation Center in Trondheim some Remoy — contributed with $7.9m in Blueship X-bow PSVs seem to have ? rst wegian Centre of Excellence, another 220 km to the northwest, Faasnavaag share capital. In all, there are eight off- dibs on training. trainer, on the outside of town. After the is “the northernmost (sim-center) in the shore and coast guard (Kystvakt) com- Despite a pressing need for captains campus tour, local legend and Olympic world,” a nod to the Arctic’s increasing panies in the area who own or operate quali? ed in bridge management and Shipping managing director, Stig Re- importance offshore Norway. 128 vessels and whose crews live in the trained via simulator, the Academy moy, invites us and three shipowners to

Faasnavaag’s relative remoteness area. is open “to anyone” and “not just the his head of? ce conference room. There makes it prescient to build a concert hall, “It’s a privelage to be able to do some- owners.” Other courses include en- he tells us the Academy will become a hotel and cinema on the same spot, the thing bigger together,” said Saevik of the gine resource management, crane use “trendsetter” for equipping people to very quay at Vaalsnes Yard, where the “partner-competitors.” ($4,600) and deck operations. Subsea work on the most advanced designs.

? rst Norwegian supply vessel was con- and offshore construction courses, we verted from a ? shing vessel back in ‘72. Fast-track learn, “are on the way”, as is captaining, New School

The Academay with urban amenities One of the Academy’s offerings is navigating, chief engineer, ROV and en- “The goal is to build magni? cent peo- is a $59.2m investment by 9,000 local a ? ve-day bridge-management course gine room controls. “They’re working ple,” Remoy said, adding, again, that it taxpayers, the ? eet owners and a prop- aimed at the hardest skills gap to over- on it,” says Bourbon Offshore’s Bjørn won’t just be for offshore crews. The erty magnate. The four local shipowners come for ship owners. It’s understood Remoy about the Univesity of Ålesund focus will be on sharing experiences be- whose combined ? eets are worth $5.3 to cost $45,925.00 and one of Bourbon which oveseees the curriculum and runs tween seafarers and companies.

“The next generation is entirely com- puter educated and they learn very fast,” said Remøy, himself a fast-learning for- mer trawler captain. In his disarming way, he reminds us that four Faasnavaag vessels were at the Deepwater Horizon accident in the Gulf of Mexico “watch- ing the leak there.”

With that, he notes that no training sta- tion at the Academy is ready for work-

ROVs. The WROV simulator is “miss-

Decision time: ing,” but Oceaneering is in contact and

High school students simulate already involved in the design of a sim- offshore job hunt. ulator-driven course at the NCE not far away. Other important training on offer is for “extreme situations” for the par- allel courses, a simulation, at times, of loosing an engine or having to work with


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