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The potential of VR as a maritime education and training tool


This is a whitepaper written about a pilot which was a collaboration between Safetytech Accelerator, The Nautical Institute, Anglo-Eastern, Teekay Gas and MOL-LNG, to explore Virtual Reality (VR) as a maritime education and training tool. With the aim of improving ship handling capabilities at sea.

The Challenge

The Nautical Institute set a challenge to Safetytech Accelerator to explore if and how some of latest training technologies could provide affordable, accessible and effective supplementary training methods.

Maritime education and training has typically been conducted at dedicated simulation facilities and onboard actual vessels. In recent years, opportunities to use these facilities has reduced due to tighter voyage schedules and availability of senior support staff. More recently the global pandemic limited physical training due to travel restrictions and social distancing.

Safetytech Accelerator conducted a search for technology companies focused on novel training solutions with deep maritime knowledge and after an extensive search identified UK-based Kilo as an ideal candidate for a pilot.

The proposed approach by Kilo was to investigate whether VR technology, delivered via a non-tethered headset, can provide mariners with an immersive environment sufficient to develop the skills needed for conducting ship handling manoeuvres.

Download this whitepaper, prepared by Kilo, in collaboration with The Nautical Institute and Safetytech Accelerator to read more about:

  • Setting the course for the Proof of Concept
  • Build challenges and solutions
  • The VR experience
  • Results and feedback

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