Offshore Training Centre opened at the Maritime University of Technology in Szczecin

The Maritime University of Technology in Szczecin has opened an Offshore Training Centre. It’s a state-of-the-art facility that consists of more than a dozen pieces of equipment and installations, including a wave generator in the pool, a fog generator, and a life raft. A wind turbine was also put to use for the students.

– This seems to be the first installation of its kind in the training market in Poland, and we are proud of it. The training opportunities for students and trainees have increased greatly,” said MUSTC Academic Training Centre Director Kamil Kielek.

The Offshore Training Centre (CSO) consists of more than a dozen facilities and installations. Among them are a 4-meter-deep training pool, a pool wave and fog generator, a shipwreck lifting simulator that simulates the so-called rotor downwash, which is a change in the direction of air deflected by the rotor blades of a helicopter, a crane for sinking a helicopter cabin, and a system that imitates storm conditions.

– Weather at sea has very many facets, and we would like to not only tell about it, but, above all, show it,” Kielek said.

As he added, the centre has a wave generator in the form of a giant sphere, which, based on the principle of a changing centre of gravity, jumps in the water – up and down – thus producing a wave.

Photo: Maritime University of Technology in Szczecin

– In addition, we have high-powered fans, we have strobe lights that simulate flashes, and we have a powerful audio system that is used to imitate the sounds of a storm, but also of a helicopter approaching survivors. It also allows us to imitate emergency signals,” Kielek explained.

On Wednesday, a wind turbine was also officially opened at the Marine University of Technology’s Faculty of Mechanical Engineering.

– It has all the elements that are in an actual wind turbine, of course we will still +auction+ it,” said Vice-Rector for Science of the Maritime University of Technology in Szczecin Artur Bejger, PhD.

– It is powered by an electric motor, while we are more concerned not so much that it will produce electricity, but that students will have the opportunity to learn all the mechanisms and principles that will happen there, he added.

The simulator is 20 meters high and will be used by students of the Maritime University of Technology to become authorized to work on offshore wind farms, among other things. The first classes are expected to take place after the vacations.


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