Passenger ships to benefit from new UK simulator centre

Paul Gunton

Paul Gunton · 23 April 2019


Technology group Wärtsilä is to supply and configure the software solutions for a new, state-of-the-art, purpose-built simulation centre being constructed near Portsmouth, UK.

The centre, which is due to open in June this year, is an expansion of the Maritime Skills Academy’s (MSA) training portfolio serving the Solent region, and is designed to meet the specific simulation training requirements of cruise, ferry and superyacht clients. MSA Solent is part of the Viking Maritime Group, headquartered in Dover. The software is developed by Transas, a Wärtsilä company, which will also provide technical and maintenance support to the project.


The new facility is claimed to be the world’s only commercial training centre to have a fully integrated Wärtsilä Nacos Platinum system within the full mission bridge simulator and associated course provision. Wärtsilä will also deliver the software solutions for a full mission engine room simulator with a customised cruise ship model and various other training aids.

“Collaboration with partners and customers is central to realising Wärtsilä’s Smart Marine vision, and this is a classic example of how it can work to serve the needs of the industry. Thanks to our joint collaboration efforts, this centre will deliver exceptional training possibilities through the use of our solutions. This also supports the very modern and popular “as-a-service” concept” said Alex Ponomarev, Sales Expert for Wärtsilä Voyage Simulation and Training.

“We thank Wärtsilä for its support in helping us to deliver a very high standard and culturally attuned training provision. This is an essential part of our key objective, which is to promote the safest and most efficient standards in the maritime industry,” said Matthew Jaenicke, Group Managing Director, Viking Maritime Group.

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