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LOGISTICS


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THE HUMBER – THE INTERNATIONAL GATEWAY FOR OFFSHORE WIND LOGISTICS


Currently experiencing brisk growth and an economic revival, the Humber region is building on its rich maritime heritage and emerging rapidly as the UK’s Energy Estuary, an international hub for energy and renewables.


As home to the country’s largest, multi- purpose ports complex, the region is experiencing significant growth in offshore wind, thanks to its proximity to a third of the country’s designated major windfarm development zones. This prime position is attracting some of the world’s biggest energy companies to the region. Over £700million is being invested


through Siemens, Able, ABP and the development of Green Port Hull. By 2020, DONG Energy will have invested £6bn in the world’s largest offshore windfarm too – which is also in the Humber region.


CAPITALISING ON THE HUMBER’S STRONG POSITION


With some of Humber’s ports being 12 hours sailing time from three major Round 3 windfarms in the North Sea, it makes it the ideal base for transporting wind turbine blades and other parts manufactured in the region. Therefore, there is a pressing need for skilled workers to handle the logistics required in the wind energy sector is vital. In order to maximise the potential in the thriving Humber region, the Grimsby Institute and the Humber LEP have joined forces to create Modal Training. It will ensure that businesses operating in the ports, energy and logistics sectors have access to the training support they need. Modal Training intends to work with them to develop their existing teams, train new members and raise the profile of career opportunities in logistics for the wind energy sector to facilitate future recruitment in this growing industry.


Once in full operation in early 2017, Modal Training will enjoy an ideal location in Immingham, on the south bank of the Humber. Until now businesses and their employees have had to travel to access this specialised skills training. Now it’s available in the Yorkshire and Humber region. Not only will it help businesses in this area benefit, but Modal Training will serve companies from across the UK and internationally.


INVESTMENT IN WORLD-CLASS SIMULATOR TRAINING


Modal Training’s new £7million centre of excellence will be located in a 5,696 m2 bespoke designed facility, equipped with state-of-the-art simulators for training maritime crew and crane drivers. This is the perfect solution for those who will be working portside and at sea in dangerous conditions. Simulation training is safe, effective and cost efficient, and gives those who will be working in offshore wind locations the vital skills required. It enables users to gain experience of a variety of cranes and offshore vessel operations, including movement of supplies and equipment from portside to vessels, from vessels to rig, and the subsea lifting and installation of equipment. Learning these operations would take years in the workplace, but can be achieved in just a few days in simulation.


When Modal Training fully opens in January 2017, in pride of place will be a full suite of Kongsberg advanced ship, offshore vessel, engine room and radar simulators.


This will enable Modal Training to effectively replicate the working environment for a wide range of maritime roles, including bridge crews, navigators, maritime engineers and Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) operators. Each part of the simulator system will be able to be operated independently, or be interconnected to provide full vessel operation exercises for an entire crew.


SIMULATOR TRAINING SUITES


The centrepiece of the simulation suite will be a Class A full mission K-Sim Offshore vessel simulator with forward and aft bridge, configured with a DP2 dynamic positioning system and anchor handling vessel hardware. The suite will also be equipped with two Class B K-Sim Navigation ship’s bridge simulators, with one configured as a workboat/tug bridge. Modal has also invested in a K-Sim DP Class C desktop simulator system for dynamic positioning training, and a desktop K-Sim Navigation configured for ECDIS radar training for up to six students. The engine room suite will be equipped with a full mission K-Sim Engine simulator, including the high voltage functionality, and a desktop engine room simulator. A K-Sim VTS operator simulator system will complete the new equipment line-up. Modal Training has also appointed simulator specialist, Offshore Simulator Centre AS (OSC), to create a unique and sophisticated crane driver simulator training suite.


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