Simwave officially opened its 5,000-square-metre maritime training centre in Barendrecht yesterday. Naturally, the opening was simulated. On all the screens of 59 simulators, four vessels sailed at the same time through an opening ribbon in an imaginary port with the Eiffel Tower, the Pyramids of Giza and the Burj Khalifa on the quays.
It was clear to see how hundreds of guests, including the mayor of Berendrecht Jan van Belzen, enjoyed the simulated opening spectacle and the subsequent look behind the scenes at the simulators. The centre has already been in use for some time now. The ‘site acceptance test’ was successfully completed on 29 January in collaboration with the supplier of the simulators, the Norwegian company Kongsberg Digital. Since then, the entire ‘maritime centre of excellence’ has been operational and there are plenty of training courses being organised for and with customers such as Genting Hong Kong, Crystal River Cruises and Viking Cruises.
To celebrate the opening, Simwave immediately announced an offer. ‘Clients who book an Open Course before 16 May will receive a 15% discount on the registration fee,’ announced Marcel Kind, the managing director and co-founder of Simwave.
Simwave offers the shipping industry an exception concept: ‘Simulator as a service’. A simulator or several different interfaced simulators can be booked straightforwardly to train or assess crews, with or without support from the shipping company’s own instructors. Thanks to a team of professionals in the field of maritime modelling and a team for visual databases, clients can practise with their own vessels in any desired sailing environment. The Simwave centres are available 24/7 and they include extensive accommodation facilities.