When it comes to training bridge officers, simulator training is
the standard, with over 86 percent of companies using simulators for this
purpose, according to the Maritime
Training Insights Database (MarTID) 2018 Training Practices Report.
The MarTID report found that a smaller proportion, around 60
percent total, use simulators for training engineering officers.
Investment into simulation training will only increase in years to
come. Of the companies that currently make use of simulation training, the
majority, over 60 percent, plan to increase the use of simulation for training
officers in the next five years. None anticipate a decrease in use of
simulation for officer training.
Reasons for the future popularity of simulation are plenty as an
effective training tool. To mention just a few of them.
The simulation technology which takes the trainee almost to the
spot of action is available for many ships operations at a very cost-effective
price. Training schedule can be planned according to one’s needs. The training
need, that is, a particular situation can be repeated till the required
learning outcome results. It provides familiarity with the modern equipments
now in use onboard the ships so that when the trainee goes onboard the real ship,
it does not frighten him out of wits. Another very significant aspect of
simulator training points to the recording of the performance and the facility
for repetitions of that recorded performance for analysis and corrections if