Museum wows visitors for official opening


The favorite exhibit so far seems to be a simulator allowing visitors to try their hand at guiding a towboat down the river using three computer-animated windows, two throttles and a lever.

“I crashed,” Costello had to admit.

Williams claimed success at navigating the towboat past another barge and under a bridge near downtown St. Louis, but he admitted there were no witnesses.

“I was 1-for-2 going through,” Jacoby said. “If you haven’t tried it, you don’t realize how hard it is. And it’s the identical software used by the actual barges.”

Link: The National Great Rivers Museum

Push begins for education bond


$1 million for the Maine Maritime Academy to help buy a new bridge simulator used to train students and also upgrade technology that allows instructors to use high-speed Internet lines and digital video equipment to teach classes in every high school in the state and most colleges, said Len Tyler, president of Maine Maritime Academy.

Link: Maine Maritime Academy

CSC lands $27 million Navy training order


Computer Sciences Corp. will develop ship-handling simulators and provide enhanced instructional support under a task order from the Navy Program Executive Officer for Integrated Warfare Systems.

The task order is for one year with four one-year options, and will be worth $27 million if the options are exercised.

Under the award, CSC will provide shore- and sea-based trainers to help Navy officers improve their mariner skills under the Navigation, Seamanship and Shiphandling program.

Link: CSC/AMC Products – Virtual Ship

Maritime institute receives simulators


THE Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI) officially received three training simulators, Monday, which will allow it to offer additional courses to its students.

“The simulators will allow the institute to carry courses not offered before, such as bridge team management, piloting training, global maritime distress and safety system training, as well as automatic radar plotting and electronic chart display training,” said Wayne Ellis, technical project manager at the CMI’s Palisadoes Park headquarters.

The simulators were assembled last month but officially commissioned on Monday. The Institute’s over 300 students, along with Maritime companies, will use them in their training. Three hours of training on the simulators will be equivalent to one hour at sea and will help students fulfill the number of training hours needed to be licensed.

On Monday, the CMI received:

*a professional navigational bridge simulator — which replicates the Kingston Harbour and other courses, allowing real-time docking and navigation training without potentially damaging a real vessel;

*an engine room simulator — replicating emergency scenarios; and

*a liquid cargo handling simulator — allowing training for transiting oils and other liquids.

Link: Caribbean Maritime Institute