In full recognition of the importance of training to upgrade the efficiency of Suez Canal staff at all levels, the SCA set up the "Maritime Training and Simulation Center" in 1996 to train the Suez Canal pilots on dealing with various navigational situations. The Center adopted the most advanced training methods at the time, and was one of the most highly specialized centers in the Middle East.
However, due to the non-stop progress in the field, and in order to cope with new developments, the SCA had to expand the Center area and add a number of Simulators, The new navigation Simulator is an integrated system equipped with the most advanced navigational facilities, and is one of a kind in the region. There arc two other simulators for the tugboats, and one more for safety and salvage.
Main Objectives :
- Training new pilots through a well-designed training system using the simulator facilities, followed by Suez Canal site training.
- Training SCA pilots at all levels in relation to designated tonnage, and performing the required tests for tonnage increase.
- Analyze navigation accidcnts that occur during Suez Canal transit, determine the reasons behind such accidents, and study how to avoid reoccurrence.
- Creating different and versatile weather conditions to show pilots how to deal with such conditions.
- Simulate any sea area with depth, buoys and environmental characteristics.
- Determine the possibility of accepting new ships that have not yet used the Suez Canal, through making models and studying ship behavior.
- Hold training courses for the ship masters of foreign shipping lines that use the Suez Canal in order to make them more familiar with the Canal.
Illustration of the Navigation Simulator :
1- Main Control Room:
This room contains 3 control units; one for the main navigation Simulator, one for the tugboat Simulators and an extra control unit for the safety and salvage Simulator. The instructor may use available PC applications to select any of the simulators on an individual basis in a training maneuver for a ship pilot or a tug master with the relevant control unit. He may also work collectively in a combined maneuver involving a ship and 2 tugboats. The instructor can set drills that involve certain training areas, kind of cargo, tonnage and the type of tugboats needed. 11c can also determine the weather effects he wants to expose the pilot or the tug master to.
2- Ship Bridge Simulator
This room has a horizontal vision angle of 360 degrees. It is equipped with all the navigational aids on board modem ships, such as ARPA radars, electronic ECDIS navigational charts, a rudder direction unit, monitors that show the direction and speed of the ship, wind velocity and direction indicators as well as the prevailing cutTcnt.lt also contains an integrated unit for the safety and salvage system.
3- VSP Tug Bridge Simulator room
This room for the VOITH SC1-INEIDAR propellers has a horizontal vision angle of 120 degrees, the matter that makes it possible to get tug masters more acquainted with this type of tugboats. The room has all the equipment and facilities used for escort, tow and salvage operations. The room can be used to train tug masters on ASD tugs through changing the movable control unit in the propeller, designed specially to make it possible to choose the type of propeller used. The room can also be used for ships through the use of the control unit to determine the kind of ship required.
4- ASD Tug Bridge Simulator room
This room for the ASD propellers has a horizontal vision angle of 120 degrees and is quite similar to the above mentioned one. It can also be used for training on VSP.
5- Manoeuver analysis room
In this room it is possible to reproduce any manoeuver for due analysis and discussion through presentation programs and analytical drawings, in order to highlight errors and find out the optimum sailing course, the right commands that should have been given etc., this, in turn, would add to pilots' capability and help avoid accidents. Therefore, it becomes possible to evaluate pilots and tug masters' performance through complete reports on each manoeuver