Featured image: Smit Lamnalco Mackay Tug Master, Dean Beynon, joined NQBP pilots at the Smartship Australia simulation facility. Image courtesy of North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation.

The North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation (NQBP) and Smartship Australia are helping marine pilots stay in prime condition through world-class stimulation training. 

The partnership was formed between NQBP and Smartship Australia, which is operated by Maritime Safety Queensland (MSQ) within the Department of Transport and Main Roads, and provides world-class marine simulation services. 

The NQBP pilotage teamare responsible for the safe navigation and manoeuvring of ships at the ports of Hay Point and Mackay, and joined with terminal operators and tug masters at the Queensland Government’s Smartship Australia facility in Brisbane, to all test their limits using the virtually recreated port of Mckay and Hay Point. 

NQBP Acting CEO, Belinda Kenny, said the collaboration of the port industry saw stakeholders undertake state-of-the-art shipping stimulations over a two day period. 

“Working with Maritime Safety Queensland including the Regional Harbour Master, terminal operators, and towage operators, we explored our operational limitations in a safe environment without any disruptions to trade,” Ms Kenny said.

“This simulation training leads to real-world improvements to our port operations.

“The simulations brought to life the berthing of virtual vessels up to 300 metres in length in all types of weather conditions and loading capacities.

“Navigating ships in and out of our ports is a complex and specialised job. Our pilots handle more than 2,800 shipping movements a year. So, it’s vital to be able to hone their skills alongside port stakeholders,” Ms Kenny said.

“NQBP continues to lead the way in pilot competence and safe pilotage integrating innovative approaches to their professional development including simulation training.”

Smartship Australia Director and Principal Instructure Captain, Peter Listrup, said that modern marine simulation systems played a key role in improving safety and efficiency outcomes for port operations. 

“Simulation provides a zero-risk training environment for marine pilots to develop and enhance their piloting skills,” Mr Listrup said.

“Smartship Australia welcomes working with forward-thinking organisations like NQBP.”

Featured image: Smit Lamnalco Mackay Tug Master, Dean Beynon, joined NQBP pilots at the Smartship Australia simulation facility. Image courtesy of North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation.

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