MAN Takes Delivery of Underwater Helicopter Simulators
“Why weren’t these achieved before now at the Academy”-Minister
Talking less and working harder to birth a new Maritime Academy of Nigeria, MAN, the Rector, Commodore Duja Effedua Emmanuel has taken delivery of the Helicopter Underwater Escape Training Equipment, HUETE, Simulator to further boost and improve training at the Academy.
Speaking with our correspondent on the arrival, the Rector said:
“This is the 5th set of Simulators to arrive the Academy in the last six months. It is unfortunate that some so called journalists will not report this kind of development. They go about looking for negative stories to report and celebrate, casting the Academy in bad light”.
“I don’t know what they want to achieve from such enterprise but for us at the Academy its work in progress and we will not be deterred”
The arrival of the Helicopter Underwater Escape Training Equipment, HUETE, Simulator another addition to the multifunctional, Full Bridge and Engine Room Simulators already deployed at the Academy.
Recall that The Rector, had declared that Nigerian workers in the Maritime and Oil and Gas sectors have no business going abroad for any kind of training anymore.
Speaking with newsmen after the commissioning of previous Simulators by the Minister of Transportation assisted by the Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Transportation, FMOT, Dr. Magdalene Ajani and other top officials of the ministry, Effedua assured that the Academy has the equipment and the instructors to deliver any kind of training needed by Maritime/Oil and Gas workers.
According to Effedua “We have the The multifunctional, Full Bridge and Engine Room Simulators. The Multi-Functional Classroom Simulator is a combination of eight additional Simulators which have their softwares installed for specific purposes”.
“For instance, if the instructor wants to teach on Rules of the Road or Global Maritime Distress and Safety System, GMDSS , etc all he needs to do is change the settings and he is good to go”.
“Everything you saw at the full Bridge Simulator room can be achieved from the multifunctional classroom. This is the latest technology in the world and it is not easily accessed in the market”.
“The old generic simulator can only performed very limited functions”.
“When we say multifunctional that is exactly what it is. The possibilities are endless”.
Before now, maritime/Oil and Gas workers travel abroad for training…
“Trust me when i say that we have the equipment, we have the instructors, but if anyone decides to go abroad it is a matter of choice”.
“Outside of this country this kind of training goes for $2, 000 or more but here we will give the same training, same certification using same simulators for far less”.
“The Federal government wants to build capacity for Nigerians. It is not about profit-making, so we are going to crash the cost of training to enable as many Nigerians as possible, take advantage of these modern simulators to develop the maritime and oil and Gas industries for the good of the country”.
“I tell you very authoritatively that going abroad for any kind of training with the launch of these simulators is a waste of time and resources, quote me anywhere”.
“Why pay for flight, accommodation and pay training fees when you can get same training, using the same kind of equipment (if not better) right here at the Maritime Academy of Nigeria”?
With demonstrations and simulations of fire, rain, snow, wind etc by Capt. Ramdoss Rajarathinam, one of the instructors at MAN, using the Full Mission Bridge Simulator, the thrilled Minister asked his ministry officials and maritime stakeholders who witnessed the commissioning of the Simulators “Why weren’t these achieved before now at the Academy”?