March 9, 2007
Intership Navigation orders MAN Diesel simulator
The Intership Navigation Training Center (ISNTC) of the Philippines has signed an agreement with MAN Diesel for the installation of an ME-B simulator at its facilities in the Malate district outside Manila.
The order for the simulator comes less than six months after an Intership Navigation order for six MAN B&W 6S40ME-B engines. These will be built by STX in Korea with the first to be delivered towards the end of 2007. MAN Diesel is developing the ME-B simulator while work on the first ME-B engine progresses.
When the simulator is installed, the ISNTC will offer courses to both internal and external students. These courses will be held by two of the center's instructors who will receive a thorough grounding from MAN Diesel PrimeServ.
The ISNTC is no stranger to ME-engine training. This February saw the first course held at the ISNTC utilizing one of MAN Diesel PrimeServ's mobile ME-simulators.
Captain E.H. Adami of Intership Navigation noted that the ME-B simulator will also allow the center to conduct training for every ME-engine type.
"I believe it is the first time in engineering history that a simulator's development occurs in parallel with the building of the first actual engine," commented Captain Adami. "This is further proof of the deep, long-lasting cooperation between our two companies. It is a very innovative step by MAN Diesel, and one we very much appreciate."
Each year, more than 25,000 training units are taken by students at the ISNTC. These range from short, special courses to ISNTC's own, three-year, cadet-training courses. Approximately 100 students pass the cadet courses annually, half of whom are engineers. Some 15 percent of the 25,000 training units are taken by external students as the ISNTC caters for students from all over the Philippines.