Simwave Newsletter April 2020

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Message from our CEO Marcel Kind

In The Netherlands we are now in our second month dealing with COVID-19 and the approach of the authorities over here seems to be successful. The hospitals see a decrease in number of patients, the number of new infections decrease and people are very disciplined in the way they act. In the Netherlands we call it the ‘1,5 meter economy’ and slowly activities restart.

With that being said we all start to be a bit more optimistic again. I have to give compliments to our team in The Netherlands as well as in Vietnam. After trainings have been cancelled they focused on new trainings, visual database development, port studies and health & quality control. Our virtual trainings started and we delivered the first training with topics like Fatigue, Colregs and technical trainings for engineers.

Our training centre covers over 5.000 m2 and our classrooms, corridors and restaurant can deal with the ‘1,5 meter’ economy and provide a safe training facility to all our participants. Before we start up training we will discuss personally our health approach and what our staff will do on top of the services you are already used to. Our corridors are 4 meter with, our classrooms are adjusted to have sufficient space and simulator equipment is being cleaned after every exercise.

For the ones who miss our facility we created a short corporate movie to show you around.

Meanwhile we continue to deliver remote training. Many of our long term clients started to use our Learning Management System with company specific training. This will continue and in the near future we will further extent this program. We are confident that the marine industry will be back stronger than before and we are here to support! 

With warm regards,

Marcel Kind
CEO & Founder
M. +31654326502


Shipping companies have a need to assess crew members before employment and to carry out assessments to validate knowledge, skills and attitude during employment.

The aim of an assessment is to identify the suitability of an individual for a certain position according to a predetermined competency framework. We develop competency models per client to meet operational demands. The need for a bespoke system lies in the fact that existing assessment systems are often difficult to apply in the assessment process – observing, recording, interpreting and evaluating. It is very hard for an assessor to observe, record, interpret and evaluate candidates in a short time and staying objective and accurate in the process. The observation is mostly clear, but the recording can be to complex, so that other observations are not complete or perhaps biased. This will influence the total outcome of an assessment, both negatively as positively. 

With the above in mind the competency model was developed. The assessor will grade every skill with an easy to use Assessment Tool (AT) developed by Simwave. The outcome of the assessment will show a final score ranging from:

  1. Below standard; the candidate demonstrated insufficient skills, competences, knowledge and/or behaviour.
  2. Acceptable; the candidate demonstrated acceptable skills, competences, knowledge and behaviour, with some areas for improvement to meet the standard level.
  3. Standard; the candidate meets the required standards.
  4. Above Standard; the candidate demonstrated skills, competences, knowledge and/or behaviour, above the standard.

Every skill has been given a weight emphasizing the importance of the skill. A low grade on a skill with substantial weight will of course influence the total outcome of the assessment. 

With the Assessment Tool we provide companies a solution to work in accordance with their competency framework and make it visible for stakeholders, among vetting departments and insurance companies. 

Fatigue training

From Aat Hoorn, training manager Simwave

This week I received CHIRP Maritime’s Annual Digest 2019. In it there is an update of the so-called Deadly Dozen, the twelve areas where human behaviour impacts upon safety. Fatigue is ranked at number twelve.

Although the Deadly Dozen has its origin in the airline industry, the maritime industry can learn a lot from it as well. I would not be surprised if the number of near misses in the maritime industry due to fatigue in 2020 will be higher. The COVID-19 virus is affecting also the people on board of ships, directly or indirectly. In this worldwide situation of worries and fear, for instance about the relatives at home, in combination with increased workload, the threat of fatigue lies in wait.

Since this week SIMWAVE is offering on-line training about fatigue. A training website has been made available and using a Learning Management System people can log in on this course. Various topics are explained, from important background facts, the impact of fatigue up to how to cope with fatigue. Each topic is followed by a few self test questions.

Becoming aware of the threat of fatigue is already an important step forward towards a safer human performance.

Therefore, I strongly believe that spending only less than an hour to study fatigue wherever and whenever it suits, is time spent well. Don’t allow fatigue to rise in rank on the Deadly Doze list.

When you like to have more information about Fatigue training please let us know.

Remote Port Studies and applied research

The corona virus is obviously effecting shipping industry, port operation, and logistics sector. However, all will be recovered and develop ever stronger. We need to make it better and prepare for the business expansion from now. This can happen with Port Studies and applied research.

If you need to look for a place to build a new terminal or a new terminal to dock your ship, a feasibility Port Study or mooring analysis can help to ensure the safety handling and docking of your ships. The study will include fast time simulation, real-time simulation and risk assessment. The study can cover all kind of meteorology conditions with specific support of tugboats.

The turning section, bend, bank effect, squat of the narrow and shallow channel are simulated and assessed in the simulation. Human element can be assessed in a full-mission-bridge with the attendance of senior captain, navigator, pilot, tug master. At the docking, the forces produced by ship’s thrusters, tugboats and the holding forces produced by the mooring lines, fenders are monitored, recorded, and analysed to obtain an optimal condition for a ship docking in curtain meteorology conditions.

With a group of experts and specialists in mathematical modelling, 3D visual developing ship manoeuvring, simulation operating, Simwave can provide a full study including:
• feasibility study for new fairway, TSS;
• feasibility Study for a new ship terminal;
• mooring Analysis;
• manoeuvring simulation on safe transit of ship;
• incident investigations; and
• risk assessment.

When you like to have more information about port studies, risk assessments and incident investigations please let us know.

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