Updated: 05/10/2014 01:04

$4 million simulation centre to train maritime officers

$4 million simulation centre to train maritime officers

A four million dollar simulation cente launched today is expected to provide more effective hands-on training for maritime officers. 

The Wavelink Maritime Simulation Centre will allow maritime officers hands-on training in areas such as ship manoeuvring and resource management, as well as prepare 
themselves for extreme conditions and emergencies, without being put through real risks and danger. 

The centre, which is housed at the Devan Nair Institute for Employment and Employability Institute in Jurong, is owned by the Singapore Maritime Officers' Union. 

It's part of the union's plan to promote seafaring as a career to Singaporeans, by enhancing the training of maritime cadets and officers. 

The maritime industry is a core pillar for Singapore's economic development. 

It contributes seven per cent of Singapore's GDP and provides 170,000 jobs. 

But out of some 20,000 officers in more than 4,200 Singapore-flagged ships, only 1,605 are Singaporeans.

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