Mercmarine Training launches high-tech engine room simulator

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By Zahara Haris
Pledging a long felt necessity of a Marine Engineering Training simulator in Sri Lanka, Mercmarine Training, a renowned maritime training institute launched a “ State-of-the-art Engine Room Simulator” recently at their training centre in Colombo. 

It is recognised as Sri Lanka’s most latest and advanced engine room simulator and it is the latest version of ‘Transas’, model 5000 TECHSIM, full mission. 
The main aim of the programme is to replicate the operations of an engine room, so the students are able to do the job training without damaging the environment or the equipment. 

Through this, students will be offered an opportunity to follow a course based on their interest in the shipping industry and they  can chose from engineering rating or engineering cadet based on the required qualifications.

Capt.Keith Jayasuriya, General Manager of Mercmarine Training  speaking about structure of the course said, “At Mercmarine, we elect and train students based on the number of ships  available. We strive to ensure that each student obtains a ship to train within 6 months the latest. And the first preference is given based on merit”.

Giving a world class experience to the students, the trainee software features of the simulator includes, ship’s diesel propulsion plant, ship’s electric power plant, auxiliary systems and machinery, local control from the engine room, machinery sound imitation, alarm systems with sound and visual  alarm unit and 3D visualisation. 

The training software objectives include engine room equipment familiarisation, system layout and flow diagrams, machinery control, control system, automation, alarm and safety system, emission control and and fuel economy management, energy management, emergency operations, watch-keeping and troubleshooting and vessel resource management. 

Speaking at the event, Capt. Mahinda  Bandara, Senior Lecture of Mercamarine Training said the main aim of this is to reduce accidents and minimise human errors in the marine industry. 

L P Jayampathy, Secretary to the Ministry of Ports and Shipping who was the Chief guest of the event, encouraged youth to take maximum benefit from this opportunity in order to  enter the international arena with confidence.

Thomas Kriwat, CEO of Mercmarine Group of companies noted that launching of the simulator marks a milestone in their 30-year old institute which was established in 1986. Also he said, “With the prevailing economic situation, in the  shipping industry there is a strong need for change and improvement in terms of efficiency and also in terms of  quality of the staff. So we will give our training to beat this challenge.”  

Speaking further to Mirror Business, he said that their next step is to train engineers and also to upgrade the knowledge of existing seafaring staff. 

“We are not only training sea farers, but are also providing employment. We have about 3000 sea farers working for us,” he noted.
 
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