The worldâ€™s most visually realistic maritime simulator training experience will soon be available to students in South Florida. This system â€“ which provides a true-to-life preview of a career at sea â€“ is a result of Maritime Professional Trainingâ€™s (MPT) announced plans to upgrade the visual projection systems of the Main Bridge located at their S.M.A.R.T.® (Simulation For Maritime Assessment, Research and Training) Campus in Fort Lauderdale.
This enhancement of the industryâ€™s most advanced privately owned maritime simulator is the latest capital improvement in MPTâ€™s Project 2010 and Beyond, an ongoing campaign to upgrade virtually all of the facilities at their three Fort Lauderdale campuses. A DNV-approved Maritime Training Center and an ISO 9001:2008 company, MPT operates the most complete full-service private maritime training school in the country.
MPT has chosen NavSim Services as the Prime Vendor for the upgrade and Projection Design as the hardware supplier. Transas USA will continue as the software provider. The installation will feature newly upgraded F32 Projectors that supply up to 8000 lumens each projected onto a 120â€™(36.5m) curved screen to provide a visually immersive environment that greatly improves on direct-view displays. The upgraded installation will also feature Projection Designâ€™s patented Multi Image Processors supplying image adjustments at the pixel level, which provides a level of realism unmatched in other display solutions.
MPTâ€™s S.M.A.R.T.® campus provides a full range of Simulation for Maritime Assessment Research and Training and features three full mission INS/IBS-equipped navigational bridges along with ARPA, ECDIS, and Electronic Navigation Labs. The campus is utilized primarily by shipsâ€™ officers and crew, pilot groups, and vessel operators to provide realistic training and assessment for the U.S.C.G., MCA, BMA, MI, and STCW regulations. The facility also hosts many unique training programs providing specialized training and assessment tailored to meet individual and corporate standards.
This latest upgrade is another example of MPTâ€™s ongoing commitment to providing the very best learning environment for their clients and closely follows the commencement of the new Dynamic Positioning Lab, due to be unveiled in late winter. MPT has committed to continue the upgrade of their facilities to meet and exceed the challenging new requirements of the various Flag State regulations and new STCW Code, as well as to support the efforts of their clients looking to streamline costs and develop a more efficient yet realistic training process. For more information and updates on the project, please visit www.MPTusa.com.