The Technical University of Varna, Bulgaria has officially opened its new simulation training center. The opening of the simulation facility helps TU Varna position itself as a leading maritime university on the Black Sea. The center incorporates multiple VSTEP NAUTIS and RescueSim simulators and will be used for both maritime and incident management education and training.

The new simulation centre has been designed by VSTEP and includes two NAUTIS Bridge simulators, including a 360-degree Full Mission Bridge Simulator according to DNV Class A specifications, according to TU, as well as five Engine Room Simulators and a full classroom with desktop Navigation Simulators. A VSTEP Rescue Simulator has also been installed.

The NAUTIS simulators feature the IMO Type Approved Kelvin Hughes MantaDigital ECDIS and radar/ARPA systems, with the radar video delivered by the recently released NAUTIS Radar Interface Module. The NAUTIS bridge can also be turned into an azimuth tug simulator in less than an hour. The ship controls can easily be changed, allowing the TU Varna to training on a wide variety of ships and propulsion types. The Rescue simulators allow incident response training of “any imaginable incident,” increasing preparedness and optimizing response strategy during actual events. The facility will be used for training of students and professionals in the region.