Mass Maritime adds cloud-based simulation to defenses against coronavirus

Written by Nick Blenkey
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Massachusetts Maritime Academy cadets will receive remote training via Wärtsilä Cloud Simulation Solution. [Image copyright: Massachusetts Maritime Academy]

Wärtsilä Voyage is supply two of its advanced cloud-based simulation solutions to Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA) under a one-year agreement signed last month that marks the first application of Wärtsilä’s cloud simulation technology in the U.S.

The technology will allow cadets at the academy to continue receiving safe and effective navigational training, despite restrictions imposed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

By adding cloud simulation, MMA can maintain total class volume but offer the same instruction either in the physical classroom or online, by shifting to a blended method of delivery as needed. The online simulator utilizes the same content as deployed in the on-campus classroom, allowing for quick implementation, while providing the flexibility needed to help in overcoming scheduling challenges. The cloud infrastructure also provides a ready-to-go solution as part of contingency planning in case of heightened restrictions being necessitated in the future.

The online simulator utilizes the same content as deployed in the on-campus classroom. [Image copyright: Massachusetts Maritime Academy]

“Wärtsilä’s cloud simulation solution solves our immediate needs to offer expanded online content due to Covid-19,” said John Belle, Associate Professor at the Academy. “It also gives us a long-term platform for simulation in blended learning that will allow MMA to continue leading the industry with innovative technologies for our students.”

“Remote learning is a growing trend that is especially valuable in times like these, and it is important that the training of future maritime officers can continue with or without classroom attendance” said Neil Bennett, Director of Global Simulation Sales, Wärtsilä Voyage. “The approved courses can carry on just as before, the only difference being the delivery method. This is a prime example of Wärtsilä’s success in developing smart technologies that enhance the efficiency and safety of maritime operations.”

The Wärtsilä scope of supply under this agreement includes the company’s Navi-Trainer Professional Marine Navigation Cloud Simulation software, two classrooms and TADS navigational charts.

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