City of Burgas Opens Maritime Simulator Training Center

Posted on Friday 11th December 2015 Authored by Ms. Lori Ponoroff | Railroad Highway Maritime

In line with the expansion of the port of Burgas, the City of Burgas and its association of environmental organizations has opened a new simulator centre for maritime training in the region. The maritime simulator centre was developed as part of an EU project to provide enhanced training of fishermen and post graduation of mariners in Bulgaria.

As the second-largest city and important port on the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast, Burgas serves as an important industrial and economical hub. VSTEP was selected as maritime simulator supplier and has delivered and installed a DNV certified Class A NAUTIS full mission bridge simulator with 240° projection view at the facility, as well as an instructor station and debriefing area for after action review.

Prior to the opening, the DNV certified simulator also passed approval by the Bulgarian Maritime Administration. The VSTEP full mission bridge simulator will provide training for ship handling, ECDIS and bridge team training in compliance with the latest IMO requirements and model courses.

To guarantee the quality of the professional training courses at the new Burgas training centre, a cooperation was started with VSTEP and the Naval Academy in Varna, who will provide professional maritime instructors to assist and evaluate students training on the simulator and will also train the City of Burgas employed instructors to operate the simulator autonomously.

VSTEP shows its products this week at the I/ITSEC Exhibition in Orlando at the CAE booth

VSTEP shows its products this week at the I/ITSEC Exhibition in Orlando at the CAE booth

VSTEP is an ISO 9001:2008 certified developer of simulators and virtual training software. VSTEP creates simulators that allow people to build their skills in a practical and cost effective way. VSTEP has several core product lines, focusing on virtual incident command training for first responders (RescueSim), maritime training solutions for the civilian & military maritime industry (NAUTIS), training simulators to prepare camera operators to identify suspect human behavior before a crime or terrorist attack takes place (EyeObserve) and Crowd Control Trainers providing police commanders and training managers with an effective training tool for crowd-related incidents and demonstrations (Crowd Control Trainer).

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