New Largest Ice Navigation Training Center in the World


© Rosmorrechflot (The Federal Agency for Sea and Inland Water Transport) Press Service

On September 20, a new ice navigation training center was opened in Admiral Makarov State University of Maritime and Inland Shipping.

This new training center at Admiral Makarov University will help ship navigation professionals improve their skills in navigating high-capacity ships and vessels with special maneuvering properties both at sea and on inland waters. What makes this training center special is that it focuses on modeling the ice navigation experience and will train navigation officers to work in Arctic waters, Rector of Makarov University Sergei Baryshnikov stated during the opening ceremony.

The ice training center itself consists of five navigation bridges in a single network. It quickly adjusts to different types of vessels, their maneuvering qualities and inertial characteristics.

Moreover, the training center provides a variety of propeller-rudder units and control boards, as well as simulates the interaction of the ship's hull with ice of different types.

The university paid special attention to modeling the movement of ARC4 and ARC7 ice-class vessels equipped with azipod systems and modern rudder propellers. This was done for training ship personnel and further development of recommendations on maneuvering in and around Russian Arctic ports, which are under construction.

The new ice navigation training center is expected to meet the requirements of shipping and crewing companies for the education of top professionals to work in Arctic conditions.

This new ice navigation training center will supplement a similar center at the Krylov State Research Center. Makarov University has been using this facility with its six bridges since 2015. Now, the two centers will be able to train up to 33 navigators at once, Sergei Aizinov, Director of Makarov University’s Continuing Vocational Training Department, said.

Source: The Arctic materials