State University New York Maritime College’s Bouchard Tug and Barge Simulation Centre has added two new Class B tug assist simulators to replicate docking articulated tug barges.
The two new simulators, procured from Bouchard Transportation, feature five screens each and enable a visibility of 270 degrees.
They will be integrated with a larger Class A bridge simulator with full 360-degree visibility.
It will enable the students and the professional mariners at SUNY Maritime to experience a hand-on practice steering of traditional tug barge units, articulated tug barges, towboats, as well as conventional and tractor harbor assist tugboats.
The two Class B simulators will be utilised to train cadets and mariners to drive tractor and conventional harbor tug which during a range of operations including dockings, undockings, escort and emergency maneuvers with articulated tug barges using all three simulators at the same time.
Marne transportation professor Captain Eric Johansson said: "With the new class B simulators combined with the Class A bridge simulators; cadets are going to be receiving a higher level of training.
"Recognised by the US Coast Guard for its unique skill sets, tugboat training at the Bouchard Simulation Centre will meet demand and exceed the expectations of cadets and seasoned mariners."
The smaller simulators will be instrumental in training the SUNY students to practice steering tugboats which is used to dock barges.
The three simulators can operate in an integrated way and the students can communicate between the stations which simulates separate vessels.
It trains the potential candidates to operate in scenarios where a barge requires to be towed by more than one tug to maneuver them safely to port.
Image: Front view of SUNY Maritime College. Photo: courtesy of Jim.henderson.