The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) is to procure full mission bridge simulators for the Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron, Akwa Ibom State.
The academy’s Rector, Commodore Duja Effedua (retd.), who revealed this during the 2018 cadets passing-out-parade and graduation, said that before mid-2019, the equipment would be ready for use in the institution.
According to Effedua, NIMASA has also promised to provide engine room simulators and Generic Mesh Data Structure, among others.
He noted that the academy had also embraced a multinational classroom but that a simulator encompassed all the equipment used for seafarers’ training.
Effedua stated that the academy’s simulator centre was about 90 per cent completed, noting that in the coming year, the academy would focus more on training.
“NIMASA has agreed to help the academy procure full mission bridge simulators which we do not have here. NIMASA has promised that before the middle of 2019, we will have it; the same thing goes for the engine room simulators, the GMDS edges.
“There is a new trend in the maritime sector – the multinational classroom which is a kind of simulator that encompasses all the equipment that is used to train seafarers.
“Our simulator centre is about 90 per cent completed. All these will be on the ground in 2019. In the New Year, our focus in the academy will be on training – 80 per cent training. We are going to ensure that we inform all stakeholders of what we are doing and in the coming year, we are going to seek closer collaboration with maritime stakeholders.
“For those we have already opened talks with under the inter-ministerial committee, we are going to pursue these talks and conclude them as fast as possible.”