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Thursday, October 8, 2020 

The NYK Shipmanagement (NYKSM) training centre has partnered with PSAM Academy, the training arm of PSA Marine, to provide online ship-manoeuvring training that makes use of NYKSM’s advanced simulator.

NYKSM uses its ship-manoeuvring simulator to train about 100 people annually in safe vessel operation. Given the travel restrictions faced due to the pandemic, the implementation of education and training to maintain safe vessel operations has become a concern.

The new course is entitled 'Virtual Ship Handling', and during this training, video of the ship-manoeuvring simulator room at the training centre and connected devices are shared through online conference software.

Students can then provide ship-manoeuvring orders, such as steering commands, via the online conference software. In addition to being able to monitor the simulator images in real time, students can simultaneously check the nautical instruments required for manoeuvring, such as radar and electronic charts. In addition, PSAM Academy instructors, having experience as pilots, can share their knowledge and skills of ship handling. By introducing this online training, crew members of various nationalities will be able to receive continuous education and training for safe operation without having to deal with Covid-19 travel restrictions.

In addition to online ship-manoeuvring training, NYK hopes to introduce more e-learning, online learning, and training, to continue provision of crew education and training for safe operation during the pandemic.

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