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Friday, December 3, 2021 

Wärtsilä Voyage is to equip the Technical University of Mombasa (TUM) with Cloud Simulation services, making TUM the first African university to adopt cloud-based maritime training services.

The services will be implemented from January 2022 onwards. TUM's Maritime Training Academy is a maritime education university in East Africa and the new training technology will help Kenyan and other African seafarers to be trained remotely on STCW Training (Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers) as well as on other value-added training courses using digital learning platforms. The SaaS cloud simulation services will be available at TUM and will come with all the benefits inherent to cloud-based training. The sessions will always have up-to-date databases, content (exercises and scenarios) will be tailored, and training will be accessible on-demand from anywhere and with a wide range of devices.

TUM Vice-Chancellor Prof Laila Abubakar said: “The global pandemic highlighted the importance of having strong remote training facilities and TUM is proud to be the first African University to deliver on that front. Wärtsilä Voyage was the perfect partner to realise our strategy of future-ready simulator training. We share the same vision of having smart, high-quality and effective seafarer learning and assessment techniques. Wärtsilä Voyage’s expertise and systems, which we thoroughly tested for a month, now enable us to deliver safe and effective remote simulator’s training for our officers and customers.”

“TUM is a long-recognised leader in identifying and adopting creative innovations that are regarded as industry best practices for crew training and assessment. We are happy to have found the right solution for their remote simulators training needs and to have become the first company to introduce Cloud Simulation services in the African region with our market-leading solution. We are committed to continuing our collaboration with TUM for a long term,” said Mather Al-Ali, Head of Sales, Middle East, Africa & India (MEAI), Wärtsilä Voyage.

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