Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), working in partnership with Abu Dhabi Ports, is to establish a Marine Simulator Centre in Musaffah, to provide maritime training for the UAE’s growing marine workforce. Under this long-term partnership, the new centre will be used to not only train for ADNOC employees but also serve the wider marine community when it begins operations in late 2018.
Designed to train up to 28 students at a time, the new Centre will offer an extensive suite of simulation facilities related to navigational, engineering and cargo operations in a state-of-the-art complex. As well as providing a variety of maritime training programs, the centre will also help investigate maritime accidents, explore different maritime scenarios, and carry out research. When it becomes operational next year, the facility will have four Full Mission Navigation Bridge Simulators, including two with 360-degree fields of vision, a Liquid Cargo Handling Simulator and an Engine Room Simulator.
Rashed Saud Al Shamsi, Director of Business and Commercial Support at ADNOC, said: “By working with Abu Dhabi Ports to establish the Marine Simulation Centre, we are investing in the up-skilling of our people and providing them with the tools to succeed. This collaboration is an example of how ADNOC is creating value-add partnerships that will ensure we deliver on our ambition to create a world-class workforce.”
The number of Emiratis in the UAE marine workforce is expected to increase significantly over the next decade, driven by the push to recruit and train national talent across the industry. Previously, Abu Dhabi’s marine workforce has largely been trained at marine education centres, institutes and academies elsewhere in the GCC and in other regions.
ADNOC requires simulation studies to be carried out for key projects and the start of operations at the Marine Simulation Centre will also enable workforce training to be conducted in Abu Dhabi rather than overseas. The training centre will further help increase the level of efficiency and safety of port operations, while assisting in future accident investigations and the resulting preventative measures.