RUGBY, UK – GE Energy Management’s Power Conversion business and the Arab Academy of Science, Technology & Marine Transport (AASTMT) have opened a dynamic positioning (DP) vessel-control simulator in Abu Qir, northern Egypt.
The facility is designed to address the demand for trained DP specialists in the Egyptian and Arabian offshore energy industry.
The simulator is the centerpiece of AASTMT’s fully accredited DP training school. It features GE’s DP technology, a ship position-control system that allows a vessel to use its propulsion system, thrusters and rudders to either maintain a stationary position and heading without dropping anchor or make small, exact movements on a precise course.
Both are critical when performing geospatially sensitive work including drilling, pipelay, and other offshore activities.
AASTMT chose GE to operate the simulator on behalf of the academy for five years. DP training will be offered mainly to Egyptian nationals but will also be available to personnel throughout Africa.
“We are pleased to be able to collaborate with a vital partner like GE that has extensive dynamic positioning experience and brand recognition, which gives additional credibility to our new venture as we expand our training portfolio into the offshore sector,” said AASTMT’s President Dr. Ismail Abdel Ghafar.