MPT simulator upgrade brings added realism to maritime training

The world’s most visually realistic maritime simulator training experience will soon be available to students in South Florida, says Maritime Professional Training.

This system – which the Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based full-service private maritime training school says provides a true-to-life preview of a career at sea – is a result of MPT’s announced plans to upgrade the visual projection systems of the main bridge located at their Simulation For Maritime Assessment, Research and Training Campus in Fort Lauderdale.

This enhancement of what MPT says is the industry’s most advanced privately owned maritime simulator is the latest capital improvement in MPT’s Project 2010 and Beyond, an ongoing campaign to upgrade virtually all of the facilities at its three Fort Lauderdale campuses.

A DNV-approved Maritime Training Center and an ISO 9001:2008 company, MPT says it has chosen NavSim Services as the prime vendor for the upgrade and Projection Design as the hardware supplier. Transas USA will continue as the software provider.

The installation will feature newly upgraded F32 Projectors that supply up to 8,000 lumens each projected onto a 120-foot curved screen designed to provide a visually immersive environment that greatly improves on direct-view displays. The upgraded installation will also feature Projection Design’s patented Multi Image Processors supplying image adjustments at the pixel level, to enhance realism in the display.

MPT’s S.M.A.R.T.® campus provides a full range of Simulation for Maritime Assessment Research and Training, the school says, and features three full mission INS/IBS-equipped navigational bridges along with ARPA, ECDIS, and Electronic Navigation Labs. The campus is utilized primarily by ships’ officers and crew, pilot groups, and vessel operators to provide realistic training and assessment for the U.S. Coast Guard, MCA, BMA, MI, and STCW regulations.

The facility also hosts many unique training programs providing specialized training and assessment tailored to meet individual and corporate standards, MPT says.

This latest upgrade, MPT says, closely follows the commencement of the new Dynamic Positioning Lab, due to be unveiled in late winter. MPT says it has committed to continue the upgrade of their facilities to meet and exceed the challenging new requirements of the various Flag State regulations and new STCW Code, as well as to support the efforts of their clients looking to streamline costs and develop a more efficient yet realistic training process.