Last Tuesday marked a significant day for AEN Oinousses, as 36 first-year students were warmly welcomed in a ceremony attended by esteemed dignitaries and local officials. The event was not only a celebration of new beginnings but also the inauguration of three state-of-the-art ARI simulators that were recently installed at the academy by Oceanking.
Chios MPs Notis Mitarakis and Stavros Michaelidis shared encouraging messages, while AEN’s Director, Dimitris Kloumasis, warmly greeted the new students. Notable figures, including the General Secretary of Shipping and Ports, emphasized the vital role of the maritime profession. Best wishes were extended by Chios Mayor Stamatis Karmantzis and Deputy Regional Governor of Tourism, Nikos Nuktas. The ceremony culminated in the acknowledgment of outstanding students through awards.
Costas Hassiotis, Oceanking’s CEO, spoke about the installation of the simulators, emphasizing its significance and the advancements it brings to maritime education. Oceanking played a vital role as the subcontractor, taking on the responsibility of this turnkey project and overseeing the installation of these advanced simulators from the beginning to the end of the project. The simulator software, showcasing cutting-edge technology, was developed and installed by Applied Research International (ARI) Simulation, a company specializing in advanced education and VR solutions.
The three new simulators feature:
- ECDIS/Radar ARPA Navigation Simulator with 8 trainee stations.
- GMDSS (Global Maritime Distress and Safety System) Communication Simulator with 8 trainee stations.
- Liquid Cargo Handling Simulator with 6 trainee stations.
Certified to international standards for Maritime Simulation Systems and STCW, these simulators boast high specifications, incorporating the latest technological advancements. Their standout feature is the exceptional ability to simulate functions and provide realism.
This realistic representation allows students to bridge theory with practice, experiencing real conditions as if they were on board a ship. Through advanced “virtual” exercises crafted by the experienced instructors of the academy, students undergo real-time evaluations.
With the introduction of these state-of-the-art laboratories, AEN Oinousses now stands among the most modern Maritime Academies in Europe, offering an unparalleled learning experience. This accomplishment underscores our commitment to supporting maritime education, aligning seamlessly with Oceanking’s vision of leading advancements in maritime training and technology. We take pride in our contribution to this project, confident that these cutting-edge facilities will play a pivotal role in shaping the future of maritime education.