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MSI/CAORF Trains How
To Avoid Ship Accidents
Before They Happen
Marine Safety International (MSI) operates three facilities whose purpose is to study the causes of accidents, train ship personnel in a full fidelity simulator, examine potentials for human error and stress-related mistakes and look at the layouts of specific harbor and channel designs and make recom- mendations for accident avoid- ance . .. before they happen.
The flagship facility of MSI is the
Computer Aided Operations Re- search Facility (CAORF), located on the grounds of the U.S. Merchant
Marine Academy at Kings Point,
N.Y. Originally built by the Federal
Government as the National Mari- time Research Center, CAORF houses one of the most sophisticated ship simulators in the world.
The simulator bridge contains ac- tual tanker equipment, including radar, communications and steering mechanisms. Encompassing the bridge is a massive 240-foot horizon- tal 24-foot vertical panorama of the actual port conditions. The simula- tion can be varied by type of vessel, cargo load, time of day, atmospheric and tide conditions, other ships passing and tug effects.
In all, three dozen vessels can be simulated in almost 30 geographical locations at MSI/CAORF alone. All this is accomplished through several rooms of computers and high-tech video hardware (the software alone at the CAORF facility is worth over $20 million). The CAORF facility is so unique that both the Coast
Guard and the National Transpor- tation Safety Board have contracted to study the Valdez accident 5,000 miles away from the point of its occurrence —at MSI/CAORF.
Simulation technology combined with ongoing training reduces the risk to our environmentally sensi- tive waterways by increasing the margin of safety. Maritime person- nel can demonstrate their skills and psychological makeup on this mas- sive scale safely—on land. This lets them react to emergencies before they occur in real life.
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Meyer Werft To Build
Second Cruise Ship
For Chandris Cruises
The Papenberg shipyard of West
German shipbuilder Meyer Werft has received a contract believed to be worth $200 million to construct a second cruise ship for Chandris
The 45,000-grt cruise ship, which will be the sister ship to the Horizon presently under construction at
Meyer Werft, will be operated by
Chandris Celebrity Cruises, the lux- ury cruise division of Chandris. To be christened the Zenith, the luxury liner will be delivered in 1992 for operation out of Miami.
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Wartsila Diesel Repowers
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Wartsila Diesel Vasa type engines have been recently installed in three fishing vessels for Seattle-based owners. In each case, older less effi- cient engines were replaced by
Wartsila Vasa diesel for use as the main propulsion machinery.
The first vessel, the F/V Ameri- can Eagle owned by American Eagle
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Wartsila Vasa engines were chos- en because of their excellent fuel efficiency and low spare parts con- sumption.
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