SHIPS belong in the water, but it is on dry land where pilots will be learning to manoeuvre them at HR Wallingford’s new specialist ship simulation centre, which was officially opened at Atwell Arcade recently.
The state-of-the-art ship and tug simulators will help train marine pilots and tug masters and having experienced the simulations first-hand, Port Hedland harbour master John Finch said they were an effective part of training.
“One of the main advantages of the training provided at HR Wallingford’s facilities is that we are able to include the full manoeuvring team from pilots to tug masters and vessel traffic service operators,” he said.
“We are also pleased that the training covers important non-technical skills such as co-operation, communication, decision-making and conflict and error management, which are equally critical for ensuring safe navigation within a whole port resource management environment.”
The new centre was opened by Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt, who said it was “really good” to see a restored heritage building house modern technology.
“I am delighted that Fremantle is able to continue to host such a high level of expertise in marine operations and support the maritime industry across Western Australia and further afield,” he said.