Houston Gets Ready for New Simulator

Nov 4, 2015

After major refurbishment of the Seamen’s Church Institute’s (SCI) simulator training facility in Paducah, KY, the Institute turns its attention to its sister facility in Houston, TX. Over the coming months, construction teams will transform the interior of SCI’s Gulf-coast Center for Maritime Education (CME) campus to prepare for the installation of new technology.

Since 2001, CME–Houston has trained over 10,000 mariners with a unique mix of classroom teaching, peer learning and interactive simulations. Each year, hundreds of US mariners bolster their leadership, navigation and safety skills in order to reduce risk to life, property and the marine environment.

Major remodeling of SCI’s Center in Houston began September 8, embarking on a series of updates that will transform training for professional mariners for years to come. These renovations precede the replacement of the existing simulators. Maritime simulator manufacturer Kongsberg plans to install new equipment in December, with full operation scheduled for the end of the first quarter of 2016.

With the upgraded technology, mariners engage in simulations with high-def visuals; and—for the first time at SCI—participants gain experience running nighttime simulations. The system features new boat models and tow configurations—including a model with Z-Drive capability—in addition to the extensive list of vessel models already in place.

The simulation infrastructure and facility refurbishment budget totals $2.95 million, including new simulator equipment, civil works, and upgrade of the adjacent Transas simulator for individual instruction and assessment. All this helps mariners advance their professional skills and enhances safety on America’s waterways.