Simwave Newsletter May 2021

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Message from our CEO Marcel Kind

After rain comes sunshine!
Literally and figuratively in The Netherlands. Towards the end of May the sun starts to shine after a month full of rain and societies are starting up again after over a year of lock downs and travel restrictions.

At Simwave we are happy to see that we start to receive more and more international participants and that companies who have been idle realize that they need a robust training program to resume operations. In the month of May we welcomed back in Rotterdam clients from the cruise, superyacht and tanker industry. We are so excited to train face to face on real full mission simulators with real equipment to build and assess competences again! 

Besides the fact that we can train again on our simulators we are also happy to provide clients the hybrid training solution on our learning management system which includes not only nautical or technical training but also safety trainings. Companies can also upload their internal training and register the on board trainings, e.g. for familiarization reasons. In the newsletter you learn more about the Vikand Maritime School of Medicine and Public Health and the first course: Infection Control Officer Training Course. More medical & mental health courses will follow in the coming weeks. 

In this newsletter you also learn more about our Learning Management System of which a new release will be available as of early June. Our development team for this has been strengthened in the last month to develop more functionalities and solutions based on client requests. Also, our Vietnam team incorporates VR-solutions in the LMS to use on board or at home for different purposes. With our LMS we create training solutions for officers and ratings and work on competencies for your entire company. 
Keep track of our social media channels to learn more about the official launch of our digital platform.

If you like to learn more about our training and assessment solutions feel free to contact us and we are more than happy to drink a cup of coffee and talk about bespoke solutions for your company. 

With kind regards,

Marcel Kind
CEO & Founder

Infection Prevention Officer Training course

According to the UNCTAD (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development), in early 2019 the total world fleet stood at 95,402 ships accounting for 1.97 billion dead-weight tons (dwt) of capacity. 

Every single day, ships are crossing oceans and calling different ports in different countries across the globe. They contain isolated communities with close accommodations, shared sanitary facilities, and common food and water supplies. Such conditions can be favourable to the spread of infectious diseases. 

The inevitable publicity that comes along with a disease outbreak on board, can have a serious financial impact on the ship owners and those relying on use of the ship for transport or leisure not to mention the impact that it can have on public health at a larger scale.

The COVID-19 Pandemic and the major consequences it did cause to societies and economies have accelerated the idea of implementing the Role of ‘Infection Control Officer’ (ICO) on board ships. Although it is not yet a mandatory role on board, the last events could serve as a lesson for safer ships, hence a safer world.

We are now pleased to announce the roll out of the ‘Infection Control Officer Training Course’.
The unique ICO course is the result of a partnership between Simwave, a recognized global leader in maritime training and Vikand a global leader in maritime and remote medical operations and healthcare solutions.

The ICO training course is designed for all personnel that will be deployed on board ships to cover the role of Infection Control and Public health Officer.

The aim is to provide basic knowledge and understanding of infectious disease prevention and control measures that need to be applied on board to ensure safety of the crew and guests as well as contribute to safeguarding public health globally.

On successful completion of this course, participants will be able to join the vessels as Infection Control Officer or Public health Officer and in this capacity, monitor and supervise the correct application and compliance with policies, procedures and best practices to prevent and control on board outbreaks.

Comprising ten interactive and immersive modules based on identified competencies, the 30 hours training course will be delivered entirely online on the Simwave’s Learning Management System. 

Self-assessments are done at the end of each module and related topics to ensure that participants have grasped and clearly understood the notions provided. To obtain a certificate the participant will have to go through a final assessment.

Read the full article on our website.

Learning Management System

Out of our maritime training centre experience we have developed online maritime training courses and a competence management system for the maritime industry. Simwave’s online platform provides maritime (compliance) theory, real life learning scenarios and assessment through online modules, video, virtual classrooms, quizzes, and gamification. Our online library will help your crew stay compliant with maritime regulations (IMO, ISC, STCW) and improve their job knowledge, skills, and behaviour on various topics important for seafarers. The platform is able to provide data analytics on the level of competence of your crew and where they can improve on personal and company objectives. 

With our online platform combined with our best-in-class on-site simulators and trainers we provide a transformational hybrid learning and training solution. With making our maritime knowledge centre online available we have a unique and cost-efficient proposition for seafarers compared to traditional ways of learning and training. Available trainings will be applicable for both officers and ratings as well as other crew on board of ships, e.g., hospitality crew.

The LMS will be made available for mobile applications, tablets, and desktops. The design is spectacular, and a participant navigates comfortably through a course. Our course design team designed a complete library of online training, for deck, engine, safety/health, and bespoke training for clients. This is the next level of computer-based training. Some key take-aways of the LMS:

  • Scientifically proven training methods;
  • Virtual Reality;
  • Communication tools;
  • Lots of refreshment training possibilities;
  • Onboarding training;
  • Assessment tools;
  • Load up your own training / presentations;
  • Data analytics for enterprises.

With our LMS we create hybrid training solutions in line with our best practice guideline for competency management.

If you like to learn more or if you want to sign up for a trial, please sent a message to

Offshore | DP training

In view of the need to improve safety during offshore operations, dynamic positioning became one of the essential tools to build a safe environment for certain activities. The system’s ability to counteract external interferences affecting the position and heading of the vessel, reduces fatigue on operators and enables critical activities to proceed, such as deep-water drilling.      

Besides an advanced equipment, dynamic positioning requires also proficient personnel to operate this complex system. Therefore, competence management is of crucial relevance with regards to safe operations involving DP. In line with this perception, in 2016 IMCA (International Maritime Contractors Association) issued a review on its publication M 117 – The training and Experience of Key DP Personnel – reinforcing the need to concentrate efforts on the qualification of all people working onboard DP vessels, extending the need of training not only to DP desks operators but also to engineers, electricians and even to professionals based ashore. 

In a recent past, companies used to send navigators to simulation centres so they could learn about DP and how to operate it. Specially those who would like to trace the path to become certified DP operators. During that time, what we used to see was people who could properly manoeuvre the vessels using manual levers and steering systems but needed more experience on manoeuvres using DP. However, the reality today is different. 

Now most of the operators can make proper use of DP to control the vessel, but lack good shiphandling skills when it comes to conduct the vessel by means of manual levers. Hence companies had to adept to this new condition and now they send experienced DP operators to simulation centres to be trained on manoeuvring the vessel manually, specially during emergency situations. At Simwave we have Offshore Shiphandling training available to enhance DP operators’ skills on the proper use of manual levers, both for conventional and azimuth propulsion systems. When it comes to improvement of DP knowledge and DP operation skills, Simwave offers the DP Emergency training, which highlights the most common pitfalls during operations that require advanced ability from the operator to handle emergencies involving DP in a safe manner. 

In additional, it is noteworthy that many accidents occur due to poor communication and lack of information between Bridge and Engine departments. In order to mitigate the risks of miscommunication between departments, which could lead to unsafety, Simwave provides DP Emergency combined, for Bridge and Engine professionals. This is a high standard course where offshore bridge and engine simulators are connected, to act as one ship. In this course, DP operators and engineers train together on the same vessel, each team taking care of its own responsibilities, as onboard. During simulations, the teams face emergency situations where only good communication and proper leadership will complete the operation with no major harm. 

Simwave also provides DP Familiarization courses, both generic and customized. In any of the cases mentioned, the course follows the standards of IMCA Guideline M117. This type of training is meant for professionals who work with DP vessels, not as operators, but those who are part of operational teams such as Fleet Managers, Staff Engineers, Construction and Technical Superintendents as well as Diving Supervisors and Drilling staff. This course is very beneficial as operations involving DP can be optimized after participants widen their knowledge about the system.

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