The simulator will provide decision support, analysis, and training based on live data received from ships and ports. The Wärtsilä scope includes navigational bridges, engine room, liquid cargo handling, Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS), and crane operation simulators.

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The digital technology used aligns with Wärtsilä’s Smart Marine initiatives, said Joonas Makkonen, Vice President, Voyage Solutions, Wärtsilä Marine Solutions.

In fact, during the summer, the Finnish technology group announced that it is building the Smart Technology Hub, a new centre of research, product development and production, in Vaskiluoto, Vaasa.

The centre will invite other operators in the sectors and researchers to collaborate. The vision is to create a partners' campus where research and product development take place together with customers and suppliers, start-ups in the sector and universities.

Commenting on the simulator, Syamantak Bhattacharya, Dean of Solent University’s Warsash School of Maritime, Science and Engineering, noted that this centre will play a key role in the school's maritime education, training and research programme.