The unfortunate circumstances with COVID-19 has accelerated the development of long-distance teaching via cutting-edge digital courses. The same set-up is used for port layout and other maritime operations.

We have been a leading player in maritime education for decades, and with the crisis a special development has accelerated. It is about teaching at long distance - also across national borders, and here we see a marked development. This is reported by Peter Sørensen, Vice President of the maritime unit in Lyngby.

"I would like to emphasize that in the future more people will be able to participate in the same scenario. Here, more navigators from different parts of the world will be able to put on Virtual Reality glasses and work on the same task.”

Online training today

We have considered online education for quite some time but with the COVID-19 travel restrictions the time was right – also regarding the CO2 footprint. The same set-up can be used when dealing with port layout and other maritime operations that can benefit from simulations.

"This is the way forward," says Peter Sørensen, “We have created a solution where you physically can be placed anywhere in the world and participate via tools such as Teams and maneuver a ship." A typical scenario would be a pilot giving orders to those who are on the ship, and the rest of the process function as usual including debriefing.

"The new remote simulations have emphasis on the learning transfer in combination with the excellent pedagogically skills from our instructors. It is important that the generation of new skills takes place in close collaboration with our customers," explains Peter Sørensen.

The next step

While the above ‘absolutely simple’ distance learning already works today, the next step is to incorporate more advanced virtual reality. Using virtual reality opens for great possibilities as the depth of field has improved significantly.

"Before, the resolution was simply too limited. We have to be able to see the buoys as in reality on high-resolution flat screens - and we are getting there. That means that you soon will be able to see them approximately 2-3 nautical miles away, while in reality you can see 3-4 nautical miles in good conditions. The next step is to run distributed simulation, which may also be combined with VR. This is really the future,” says Peter Sørensen and explains that FORCE Technology expects to distribute a the simulator system via a license, ie a subscription.

Maritime training on a distance