The first batch of multi functional Classroom Simulators have arrived the Maritime Academy of Nigeria yesterday from India.
Rector of the academy, Commodore Duja Effedua disclosed that simulators ,aimed at enhancing training capabilities of Nigeria’s premier maritime training Institution, is expected to offer modern practical hands on experience for cadets and students of the school.
Viewed as a breakthrough feat for the over four decades old Institution, the modern maritime training devices and gadgets will , according to industry sources, increase the value of Nigerian issued certificates of competency and compliment the many infrastructural improvements noticed in the academy in the last three years.
The simulator which is expected to accommodate up to 30 cadets and their instructors will able to take 20 different maritime related training programmes and will bridge the training gap for which many Nigerians were traveling to Ghana, Egypt and other African countries.
Effedua told our reporter that the academy, in addition to procuring the training devices from it’s meager resources, has also invested in train the trainer manpower development for their operation and maintenance.
He said a total of 20 academic staff members have been earmarked for the training on operation and maintenance of the simulators.
He disclosed that 16 staff members of the academy had undergone and completed training in India on installation and maintenance of the simulators while a second batch of 14 academic staff members will go for the training soon.
The simulators are expected to address sensitive training areas like liquid cargo handling, full mission ship handling and other areas of focus required in modern vessel operation in line with Standards of Training Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW10) as approved by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO)