The French shipping company Bourbon has inaugurated its Bourbon Training Center Asia and its AHTS simulator in Singapore in the premises of Bourbon Offshore Asia.
The opening of this second Bourbon Training Center in Asia follows the opening of the Manila’s (Philippines) center in October 2007 dedicated to Dynamic Positioning (DP).
This Training Center includes an AHTS (Anchor Handling Tug Supply vessel) simulator that represents an outstanding technological advance and an opportunity for Bourbon and the marine industry as a whole to raise its operational, safety and quality standards. The following command stations are reproduced down to the last detail: controls of the officer in charge of maneuvering the vessel (rear bridge station); controls of the officer operating the anchor lifting winch; two simulation stations for deck crews; simulation of the offshore oil rig with maneuvering of the anchor line winch and the crane for transfers from the facility to the vessel. This AHTS simulator is the second of the company after the one opened in Marseilles (France) in November 2007. These simulators have been developed by Offshore Simulator Center (OSC) in Norway, and are an integral component of the Bourbon internal training policy. It will train crews in anchor handling operations under real conditions, thus ensuring acquisition of the skills required for new employees, those already working on vessels, as well as employees promoted to AHTS vessels. This program is then confirmed by a training period at sea. The objective is to ensure that all employees master and put into practice BOURBON operating standards and safety rules. his simulator is a new version with updated parameters notably featuring the Bourbon Liberty 200 (AHTS series to be delivered in 2009) characteristics.
The Bourbon Training Center Asia aims to train all AHTS crew members of Bourbon who are based in Asia. It is indeed designed to provide seamen with the theoretical knowledge and practical training in anchor handling operations. The center includes a fully equipped bridge, the deck portion of the vessel and the classrooms needed for theoretical courses and debriefing.
In line with the objectives defined in its Horizon 2012 strategic plan, training is a priority for Bourbon to handle the substantial growth in its fleet of new generation innovative and high performance vessels. In order to recruit 5,000 employees by 2012, Bourbon is implementing a series of tools and resources to integrate its newcomers, increase their awareness of the Bourbon culture, and guarantee that they have adopted the company’s high standards for operations, quality and safety worldwide. This training center will also allow to reinforce the continuing education programs for existing crews.