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Monday, May 27, 2019 

UK Chamber of Shipping President Sir Michael Bibby has opened the new Maritime Simulation Centre at Solent University in Southampton.

This is the largest ship and port simulation centre in the UK and features a variety of facilities including six full-mission navigational bridges, an engine simulator, a liquid cargo handling and a crane operation simulator.

Speaking at the opening ceremony Sir Michael said: “Today is not just the opening of a new state-of-the-art development. As exciting as that is.  It’s the beginning of the next chapter in the history of Southampton as an extraordinary maritime centre. With Southampton port being busier than ever with cruise, container and other traffic it is easy to forget that shipping does not have the same profile in the rest of the country, the governments adoption of the Maritime 2050 strategy to keep us as a great maritime nation going forward is therefore critical.”

He made an impassioned pitch in favour of building major port towns and cities into maritime clusters as a way of boosting the national economy.

“Maritime 2050 is looking to build world leading clusters of expertise in the UK in target areas from autonomous shipping to green fuels and combine government sponsorship with the talents of our shipowners, ports, service industries, academia and professional services. Because simulators like this give cadets realistic training, it allows them to practice, again and again, in situations that cannot be replicated in any other learning environment. In that sense not only is this facility attracting the deck and engine officers of the future, it is providing opportunity for existing seafarers to continue their training. And each of them will become a better, and safer seafarer as a result.”

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