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Simwave Newsletter February 2022

Find out what happened at Simwave in our Newsletter February 2022. Sign up for the newsletter here for regular Simwave updates!

Message from our CEO

This month we woke up in a new reality. The sovereign country of Ukraine has been invaded by Russian Forces and this makes us realize that even in 2022 freedom and democracy is not a given right. Our thoughts and prayers are with the people in Ukraine and all our colleague seafarers. That they may be safe and have their freedom back soon again.

Meanwhile in The Netherlands most COVID measures ended, among travel restrictions form outside the European Union. At Simwave we saw a sharp increase in activities again and we are happy to see that we are running more courses than ever before. One of our most important core values is quality and we are even more happy to see that course feedback remains the highest in the industry. Every week we run through the feedback and some participants can be found here.

Our online assessments combined with our Competency Assessment Program also took off and enables companies to carry out assessments on different locations in the world as well as carry out online assessments. From here your crew can be directly directed towards online (bespoke) training which is a truly unique experience.

In the newsletter you will learn more about our activities in the offshore / renewables industry as well as in the inland shipping industry. Besides this one of our new instructors for the Engine Room Department, Mr. Mario Bazzu will introduce himself.

We hope to see you soon again in our centre of excellence and stay safe!

Marcel Kind
CEO & Founder

Dynamic Positioning – a beneficial tool for seafarers

Dynamic Positioning started in the 60’s and throughout the years has proved itself as one of the most safe tools to support seafarers during operations. The system is designed to maintain the vessel’s position and heading exclusively by means of vessel’s own propulsion, either for short or for very extensive periods. Its application can vary, where the most common are drilling, diving, offshore supply or cable laying. Besides the capability of keeping the vessel on fixed position and heading, dynamic positioning is also used following moving targets, which is the case of Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs), for instance.

But not only the offshore market can benefit of this great supporting tool. Cruise ships, for instance, can use DP during tendering or docking operations. While going alongside a terminal, the DP Joystick can be used and while the DP controller is holding the heading, the joystick is being used to drive the vessel laterally towards the terminal. The Mega Yacht industry is also looking ahead with this technology. At Simwave, we have already started customized DP training for yacht crew, who sails on special areas.

As mentioned, DP has proved to be a great tool to increase safety and the future is looking even brighter. On the Wind sector, there are advanced projects where gangways used for personnel and cargo transfer during wind farm construction are integrated to the dynamic positioning system, allowing gangway to move to the right position while the vessel is safely being positioned. The future of DP training is also promising. At Simwave, we are adopting the digital twin concept to enhance DP Operators (DPOs) skills. We build the full hydrodynamic model of real vessels and integrate them to their real DP software. This process enables us to create real life scenarios for the benefit of the DPOs, who can anticipate the best operational path for the future projects of their vessels.

Inland Shipping Academy

Our Inland Shipping Academy provides bespoke training to shipping companies as well as for example a full approved training program for masters. Our approved training program enables seafarers, inland shipping crew and new comers to the industry to be trained on the highest level with modern training tools, among a specific learning management system, part task simulators and full mission simulators. Unique is that this program is open for non-Dutch speaking crew as well and all our training material is available in different languages.

In the last two years we delivered several masters for cargo ships as well as passengers ships. Our full program, including Dutch lessons by Taalplein Zeeland, takes around two years and after those two years year you have all your certificates to comply with the EU Qualification Certificate. As all our training are above legal required standards we spent a lot of time on the simulators to become familiar with the different stretches on the river, to become familiar with specific operations and risks etc. By using the part task simulators and full mission simulators you can apply the theory directly in practice and this provides usage benefits. 

We start a new class in April and if you have crew who likes to join please sent an email to Henk Heiboer

Introduction Mario Bazzu

Good day everyone,

My name is Mario, I’m 42 years old from Italy with more then twenty years of experience in the maritime industry as marine engineer.

I started my career in 1999 as engineer cadet for a tanker ships company until 2004 where I joined the cruise industry starting as junior engineer to first engineer, meanwhile I joined a tanker company as Chief engineer before going back on cruises. (long story short!)

I moved to the Netherlands in 2018 with my partner where I started working for a company involved in the training / engineering field.

In 2019 Mia was born, my daughter.
Cooking is my favourite hobby, after playing with daughter of course.

During the pandemic it has been a challenging time for all.
After I left this company, I took my own initiative and started working on a project together with an associate, but we had to relinquish the project after my associate accepted a full time role.
So I started afresh. 

I opened my own company as freelancer and began collaborating with a company on behalf of RINA register. I performed ship surveys of IHM on different type of vessels, from tankers to cruise liners.
Unfortunately in March 2021, the ship business was stuck again due to logistic issues.

Given the circumstances, I shifted my attention and decided to head back to Italy, where I contacted some former colleagues and friends involved in the yachting industry, with a view to returning to work as Chief engineer on a superyacht. (why not!)

I was fortunate to receive several offers to join some vessels.
Because it meant leaving my family behind, we made the collective decision as a family for my partner and my daughter to return to Sardinia with her family, so that she had some support while I was working away.

As a result I was able to continue to work and support my family.
Meanwhile, I have got in touch with Marcel, our CEO where I expressed my solid interest to be part of this amazing team receiving very positive feedback.

So here we are now, back in the Netherlands, and back at home!

I’m very proud to be part of the Simwave family and very excited to give my contribution to deliver the best product to such important clients.

Stay strong and never give up!


Open enrolments

On our website we offer a range of open courses. These courses will be extended in the coming period. The open courses that we are offering at the moment are LNG introduction for shoreside personnelPolar & Ice Navigation (Polar & Ice Navigation Basic now also online!) , DP Familiarization CourseSTS operationsNavigation Assessor CourseIGF course.

Please have a look at our open courses.

In our Learning Management System we also offer a lot of different courses. If you would like to know more please contact us

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