Presentation of a Full Mission Simulator Complex of Ship Automated Electrical Power System.

The presentation of Full Mission simulator complex of Ship Automated Electrical Power System was held at Odessa National Maritime Academy at Ship Electrical Engineering and Radio Electronics Department on September 18, 2014. It has been held in the framework of the XXIst International Scientific and Technical Conference «The problems of automatic electric drive. Theory and practice» in accordance with the requirements of International Convention STCW 78 with the 2010 Manila Amendments in terms of adequate reproduction of its operating modes corresponding to the actual configuration and layout of the ship's automated electrical power with real consumers and typical load. The simulator fully meets the goals and tasks of practical training, as well as competence assurance of officers of engine crew (ship engineers and electro-technical officers) concerning the technical operation of the real ship equipment and automation facilities.

Safety of navigation together with other factors is largely determined by the reliability of operational marine systems "man – machine" and therefore it accounts for modern engineer training methods of engine crew specialists.

The 1978 International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, (STCW-78 as amended with the 2010 Manila Amendments) has made the significant changes and additions to the standards of competence for electro-technical officers (section A - III / 6) and engineers (sections A - III / 1, A - III / 2) that required processing of educational standards, the development of new programs, both theoretical and practical training. In accordance with the new Convention, duration of practical training is increased up to 12 months, at least 6 months of which, should be on board. Consequently, the relevance of the practical training is intensified, that must be carried out in approved laboratory and training complexes of maritime teducational institutions and meet the requirements of the Convention (section A - I / 12).

The relevance of practical simulator training is determined by the fact that a large number of practical problems and operational situations with difficult ship complexes and systems operation cannot be implemented in sufficient volumes on board for a future specialist due to objective reasons related to vessel operating modes and ensuring its survivability and safety.

Future ship engineer receives sufficient knowledge and skills, enabling him to implement effectively the required operation functions, technical maintenance diagnotic operations and parameterization tasks, which are very important to a modern marine specialist, having studied actual operating and complex equipment. Undoubtedly, it will increase security maintenance and equipment, as well as it will enable to solve specific engineering challenges.

M.Y. Mukha, associate professor, Ship Electrical Engineering and Electrical Technology Department.