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Wärtsilä simulator technology delivers high quality training and research at newly inaugurated Sharjah Maritime Academy UAE

Posted on March 13, 2024

Technology group Wärtsilä has supplied its latest simulator technology to the prestigious Sharjah Maritime Academy. Located in Khorfakkan, United Arab Emirates, the academy, is one of the region’s leading providers of quality maritime studies, training and research. The advanced simulation facility, which was recently inaugurated, represents a sustainable development that serves to strengthen the position of the Sharjah Maritime Academy as a global maritime centre for training, innovation, research and development.

“Our aim is to create both a scientific and practical environment for students and to provide the capabilities that qualify them to reach the highest standards of quality in the field of maritime transport,” says Dr. Hashim Abdullah bin Sharhan Al Zaabi, Chancellor of the Academy. “For this we need the latest simulator technology to enable us to conduct training to the highest international standard and offer a platform for collaboration with other leading maritime organisations, which is why we have partnered with Wärtsilä to deliver this for us.”

The comprehensive suite of navigation, engineering, communications and Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) simulators includes full mission, part task and classroom trainers for all levels of training and research, as well as modelling and content creation tools to enable the highly skilled maritime faculty team to offer a complete range of services to national and international clients. The scope includes two full mission navigational bridge simulators with 360-degree visualisation, state-of-the art offshore specific bridge systems, and the first installation of Wärtsilä’s new simulation bridge equipment configuration which represents the very latest and highest digital navigation operational standards.

The advanced simulation facility also features the world’s first commercial maritime mixed reality chromakey vessel handling application in the form of two integrated offshore vessel and tug simulators with motion platform for absolute immersion in the synthetic learning environment.

“We are truly honoured to have been selected by the Sharjah Maritime Academy to support their vision of establishing a maritime centre of excellence, and to deliver world class teaching, professional development, and lifelong learning to their students, graduates and maritime’s future leaders. As our industry’s digital and decarbonisation transformation gathers pace, facilities such as this can lead the development of new training standards and methodologies using the latest simulation technologies from Wärtsilä,” comments Neil Bennett, General Manager, Global Simulation Sales – Wärtsilä Marine.

The simulation facility was inaugurated by H.E. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al-Qasimi, Chairman of Sharjah Maritime Academy, Ruler of the Emirate of Sharjah, and Member of the Federal Supreme Council of the United Arab Emirates in February 2024.

Image(s) caption: Wärtsilä has supplied its latest simulator technology (pictured – © Wärtsilä Corporation) to the prestigious Sharjah Maritime Academy (pictured – © Sharjah Maritime Academy) in the UAE, which is one of the region’s leading providers of quality maritime education

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Wärtsilä Marine in brief
Wärtsilä Marine is a global pioneer in power, propulsion and lifecycle solutions for the marine market. We develop industry-leading technologies, advancing maritime’s transition to new fuels. We support building an end-to-end digital ecosystem where all vessels and ports are connected. Ultimately, Wärtsilä Marine is driving the shipping industry forward on its journey towards a decarbonised and sustainable future through our broad portfolio of engines, propulsion systems, hybrid technology, exhaust treatment, shaft line solutions and digital technologies, as well as integrated powertrain systems. Our offering, which is underpinned by our performance-based agreements, upgrades, lifecycle solutions, decarbonisation services, as well as an unrivalled global network of maritime expertise, delivers the efficiency, reliability, safety, and environmental performance needed to support a safe and sustainable future for our customers, our communities and our planet.

Wärtsilä in brief
Wärtsilä is a global leader in innovative technologies and lifecycle solutions for the marine and energy markets. We emphasise innovation in sustainable technology and services to help our customers continuously improve environmental and economic performance. Our dedicated and passionate team of 17,800 professionals in more than 280 locations in 79 countries shape the decarbonisation transformation of our industries across the globe. In 2023, Wärtsilä’s net sales totalled EUR 6.0 billion. Wärtsilä is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki.


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