Marine experts gather in South Shields

The delegates discussed a number of topical issues including simulation and manoeuvring The delegates discussed a number of topical issues including simulation and manoeuvring

International marine experts recently gathered at the UK’s South Shields Marine School to look at the latest industry and technological innovations as part of the four-day MARSIM 2015 Conference.

The Conference on Ship Manoeuvrability and Maritime Simulation, hosted by Newcastle University, saw around 100 delegates take part in lectures and speak on topical issues including the development of the ship-handling support systems based on human characteristics, culturally aware simulation, and wave effects on manoeuvring ships in shallow water. They also toured state-of-the-art facilities at the School, which include the latest full-mission bridge and engine room simulators.

Among the speakers were Alan McPherson, Deputy Harbour Master at Port of Tyne, and Solvi Opthun and Gier Lille of Kongsberg Maritime Simulation. Mr McPherson spoke about how the college’s simulators are used by the port’s pilots for training, and Mr Opthun and Mr Lille presented an overview of their company’s latest technological developments.

“The conference provided a platform for experts from around the world to discuss latest research and current practice and to spread collaboration,” said Gary Hindmarch, principal, South Shields Marine School, which is part of South Tyneside College.

“The marine school uses the latest Kongsberg simulators and we were able to give delegates very clear insight into their huge instructional and learning benefits. Combined with the very valuable input of our guest speakers, delegates enjoyed a very successful and informative day of learning and understanding,” he added.

Senior staff at South Shields Marine School’s School of Maritime Simulation and Senior Marine also discussed their latest research and development and projects work involving vessel hydrodynamic and land area modelling, including 3D graphics.

South Shields Marine School, founded in 1861, runs a full curriculum of courses which include cadet programmes, professional industry training, and offshore and safety training to international shipping and maritime industries.

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