FULL MISSION BRIDGE SIMULATOR
In order to provide the Maritime Academy Cadet Officers with a comprehensive education, Metropolitan College has installed a TRANSAS DNV-A 240° full mission bridge simulator, one of the most sophisticated, impressive and functional full mission bridge simulators in the global market currently.
This particular simulator meets the requirements and standards on navigation training for merchant vessels according to the STCW Convention. Using a highly advanced technology, it allows for cadet training in an unlimited number of scenarios, similar to those they may need to deal with during field trips both as Cadets (NAEST) as well as Deck Officers later in their career.
This is how cadets in the Academy become familiar with work and practice taking place in each vessel in a series of highly important work sectors related to vessel route planning, position verification, securing a safe navigation watch on bridge, responding to situations of danger, search and rescue as well as the use of ARPA radars of every modern electronic and telecommunication equipment contributing to safe navigation, etc.
Furthermore, it should be noted that the full mission bridge simulator is cross-functional with the relevant full mission engine room simulator and the ECDIS, thus ensuring an interactive and comprehensive training for Deck and Engine Cadets in perfectly realistic conditions of vessel operation.
ELECTRONIC CHART DISPLAY AND INFORMATION SYSTEM (ECDIS) ROOM
This Maritime Academy state-of-the-art ECDIS system offers the standard STCW training framework for deck cadets, which shall substantially assist them in gaining the ability of making crucial decisions for safe vessel navigation.
This particular system offers the opportunity to perform (in ten work stations) all the necessary actions and procedures related to vessel passage preparation, planning, implementation and plotting in the same way that this passage is performed with traditional navigation instruments.
FULL MISSION ENGINE ROOM SIMULATOR
Similarly to the full mission bridge simulator, TRANSAS full mission engine room simulator is a state-of-the-art training system for engine cadets of the Maritime Academy.
It reflects the devotion of the Metropolitan College marine training programme to provide cadets with a simulation environment as similar as possible to the real conditions of a vessel engine operation.
Firstly, the simulation includes the Engine Room, which enables the execution of all engine functions in 3D visualization using touch screen panels. With four work stations, cadets are allowed to train in a photorealistic engine room, equivalent to two engine types (Dual Fuel Diesel-Electric LNG Carrier και MAN B&W 6S60MC-C Diesel Engine-Tanker LCC) and familiarize themselves with engine equipment and systems in an interactive manner.
In addition, the engine Control Room, situated nearby, features certain basic characteristics, such as switch panels and touch screen monitors for operation and monitoring of the main and auxiliary engine propulsion systems.
HIGH VOLTAGE INSTALLATION
This TRANSAS high voltage installation of the Maritime Academy constitutes a highly specialized and innovative educational solution for engine cadets. It consists of a real 6.6kVA switchboard vacuum circuit breaker and HV cabling, which may be used to simulate the HV parts of a diesel generator panel.
LIQUID CARGO OPERATIONS SIMULATOR
The College also houses the liquid cargo operations simulator, a really important educational tool, which enables the execution of crucial functions for safe liquid cargo sea transport.
This particular tool offers real-time simulation in relation to planning and monitoring of loading, care during voyage and the discharge of hazardous liquid cargo as well as complying with sea pollution prevention requirements and maintaining the seaworthiness of the vessel with respect to stability stress.
The engineering workshop includes all the necessary equipment for the long-hour cadet Engineer training in highly essential actions pertaining to their vessel duties, as required by the academic programme.
Metropolitan College has also installed a highly functional WAUKESHA machine, an electric machine, (Delaval) splitters, educational purpose fishing boat and vehicle engines, machinist lathes, workbenches, arc welding and alternative heat stations, a durometer, a refrigerating machine, vertical milling machines, an air compressor, drills etc.
The aim of this workshop is to enhance the cadets’ ability to maintain, assemble and disassemble machinery and equipment, to handle materials, as well as to promote their electronic/electric practice.
EFFICIENT DECKHAND LAB
The Seamanship Centre enables cadets to learn and understand the names and functions of several vessel parts, vessel general function organization, function and maintenance of means of access, common cargo practices, and safety and seamanship procedures as well crew duties according to COSWP code.
This particular lab is actually the traditional setting of navigation training. The lab includes all the traditional instruments (sextant, compass, two-parallel rules, paper charts / maps), through which deck cadets gain traditional shipping knowledge, essentially required for their academic progress and further training in navigation electronic aids and equipment.
The Hospitality Centre room has been created to meet the requirements of high-level education and knowledge through experiential learning and it combines theory and practical application of knowledge, thus enabling programme graduates to effectively respond to job market needs and requirements as well as achieve appropriate professional development.
The Hospitality Centre room has been designed under the best functional standards and consists of Boat Passenger Cabin simulation, Dining Room and Bar simulation as well as other logistic equipment, necessary for an optimum educational outcome.