Antwerp Maritime Academy unveils new simulation hub 'unique in Western Europe'

The Antwerp Maritime Academy opened several new simulators for its students on Wednesday. The MISSIMLab is "unique in Western Europe", according to the institution.

The simulation hub consists of full mission simulators, eight bridge simulators, including two 360-degree bridges, a complete engine room simulator and an area where container handling is simulated.

In addition, the lab uses electronic nautical charts and other technologies for communication between ship and shore. Everything is equipped with realistic hardware from the Norwegian company Kongsberg and received support from the European Regional Development Fund.

“Simulators form the backbone of modern maritime education and training,” director Rowan Van Schaeren said. “By bringing together navigation and the engine room, we can practise realistic situations on board.”

The lab can also respond to maritime trends such as alternative fuels and new communication protocols with artificial intelligence. Everything is done in close collaboration with industry and academic partners.



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