Archives: July 2016


July 29, 2016 5:12 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Modal Training, which claims to be the UK’s first fully-integrated multimodal logistics training centre, has revealed its course offering, which will support its £2 million (US$2.6 million) investment in a simulation suite from Kongsberg Maritime. The company will be offering training programmes for the offshore oil and gas, offshore renewables and related markets.

A full range of marine simulator courses will be delivered for deck, engineering and electro-technical officers working, or aspiring to work, in the deepsea, offshore and port sectors. Experienced instructors will be employed to deliver industry-accredited courses. These will cover: bridge resource and team management; dynamic positioning; ecdis; navigation and radar; GMDSS; human element, leadership and management; high voltage; engineroom; and vessel traffic services.

Modal Training’s £7 million facility in Immingham will house a full mission bridge DNV class-A Kongsberg K-Sim simulator, incorporating a detailed 360 degree model of the Humber, and forward and aft bridge stations for DP and anchor handling operations. This can be connected to work simultaneously with the engineroom simulator to provide full crew training.

Modal has also invested in a K-Sim class-C desktop simulator system, with six PCs for dynamic positioning training, and a desktop K-Sim ecdis radar simulator for up to six students. The engineroom suite is equipped with a full mission K-Sim engine simulator with new high voltage breaker functionality, and a desktop engine room. A K-Sim VTS operator simulator completes the new equipment line-up.

Modal Training managing director Patrick Henry said: “Whilst Modal Training’s investment is directed at the offshore renewable sector, the course provision will be attractive to all mariners refreshing their qualifications, developing new skills or completing gaps in their current proficiencies. The hallmark of this course offering will be practically focused, cognitive-based training that emphasises experiential learning for students. Our training will be the ideal solution for organisations conducting their own internal training programmes or wishing to explore mission rehearsal scenarios. With this facility and teaching capability, we believe that Modal Training’s offering will be world class.”

Alongside mandatory training, Modal Training will also provide introductory courses for managers and corporate organisations that need a fuller understanding of the operational issues associated with vessel and vessel operations. The standalone Type C simulators provide desktop scenarios that enable individual students to explore operational functions at their own pace, dependent upon previous marine experience.

Jointly funded by the Grimsby Institute and the Humber LEP, as part of the Humber Growth Deal, Modal Training will be located in purpose-designed 5,696m2 facilities on Kings Road in Immingham, and is set to open in November 2016. Its centre of excellence for the ports, energy and logistics sectors will be equipped with simulators for training maritime crew, truck and crane drivers, delivering realistic training, replicating the working environment, in a wide range of settings. Facilities will include extensive warehousing, engineering and rail safety teaching facilities, and the UK’s only Freight Forwarding Academy.


July 19, 2016 8:34 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Kongsberg Maritime Ltd, the UK subsidiary of global marine technology company Kongsberg Maritime, welcomed customers to its Aberdeen training centre on Thursday 30th June for a seminar on the future of Dynamic Positioning Operator (DPO) Training and Certification. Delegates from operators including Helix, V-Ships and Technip attended the seminar to find out more about the new KONGSBERG Training and Certification Scheme for DP Operators, which is certified by DNV GL and recognised by the industry. Read the rest of this entry »


July 19, 2016 6:35 am Published by Leave your thoughts

The Asian Dynamic Positioning Conference ( will be held as an intensive one day event, on the day preceding the Asian Offshore Support Journal Conference ( It will gather together charterers, owners of rigs and vessels, regulatory bodies, manufacturers, designers, training providers and DPO’s.

This year’s theme is “Maintaining quality and competencies in a cost constrained world”. Discussions will focus on the latest developments, technologies and regulatory updates in the dynamic positioning market. DP users will share how DP can be used in a challenging market to make operations safer, efficient and more cost-effective. IDPOAs very own Captain Mark Pointon will be speaking. Read the rest of this entry »


July 18, 2016 5:07 am Published by Leave your thoughts

We have just seen another major landmark in the certification of DPOs, as the Offshore Service Vessel Dynamic Positioning Authority (OSVDPA) in the US has announced that the Marine Training Institute (TMTI) in Gray, Louisiana is the first training provider to be accredited to conduct OSVDPA dynamic positioning operator (DPO) training courses and assessments. Read the rest of this entry »