ALEXANDRA, Egypt –In 2012, the AAST-GE DP Center was established through a joint effort between GE and the Arab Academy for Science, Technology & Maritime Transport (AASTMT) in northern Egypt for the training of mariners. Operated by AASTMT, the facility joins a group of only 12 centers in the world that are qualified by the Nautical Institute to offer Sea Time Reduction courses. This means that trainees are credited with 30 days of sea time when they complete five days of intensive training in the Class A dynamic positioning (DP) simulator.
Since its inauguration, the center has trained up to 800 students to become certified in operating DP systems, AASTMT said.
In order to run this Class A simulator the center is utilizing hardware and software from GE Marine, including its C-series dynamic positioning and a simulator system.
Applied Research International is the preferred simulator supplier for GE’s DP training projects, GE Marine said.
The center will also be equipped with a new Class A offshore crane simulator, the first of its kind for local operators to obtain offshore crane training in the Arab world.
“With over 900 of our DP systems deployed worldwide, the training center in Egypt will add to our capability in training future mariners for more efficient and safe maritime operations and also help meet the needs of the offshore and petroleum services in the Middle East and beyond,” said Tim Schweikert, VP, GE Marine.