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Thursday, July 16, 2020 

Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM), has launched a new Liquid Cargo training facility at its Maritime Training Centre (MTC) in Cyprus, which, combined with a structured career progression model, will ensure BSMís LNG crews are trained and competent to support its growing global LNG shipping operations.

The new immersive environment is part of a wider boost to LNG training across the whole company, reflecting increasing industry demand and more LNG vessels entering the market. The new Liquid Cargo Simulator (LCS) has been designed and developed by BSM’s inhouse technical team and uses GTT Training software. It offers realistic training on a vessel types including LNG fuelled ships and LNG carriers with various containment systems and propulsion options (including steam turbine, DFDE, DF two-stroke diesel) in various configurations.

Additionally, BSM has also rolled out the GTT Training software to its MTCs in Mumbai, Manila and Poland, enabling crews in these locations to train in a classroom environment with the simulator displayed on screens. The Cyprus MTC is the first to have a dedicated simulator room which offers a realistic and immersive experience.

The LCS will be open to seafarers from other companies and organisations, to train seafarers to meet the requirements of the STCW (Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers) Code and SIGTTO (Society of International Gas Tanker and Terminal Operators) as well as offering a range of in-house courses developed to a higher level of expertise for the BSM managed fleet and its seafarers. 

GM HR Marine, Andrew Hall, said: “Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement has over 45 years of experience in the management of gas carriers, and currently manages more than 100 gas carriers, all staffed by our highly trained specialised gas fleet teams. We are committed to our seafarer training at all levels, the new Liquid Cargo Simulator will ensure that the technical and operational expertise, the understanding of key processes and knowledge of management best practice, of our seafarers working onboard gas carriers and LNG fuelled ships is both industry leading and comprehensive. By only satisfying the minimum industry requirements we do not necessarily produce the best LNG crews, so we have added tailored development programmes to our range to ensure that we provide the best possible opportunities and to ensure we have highly competent seafarers onboard our LNG vessels. "

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