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Southampton Solent Seek Contractor for New Simulator

Posted by Richard Ward

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Southampton Solent University is seeking a supplier to develop and install a new maritime simulator suite in a project worth more than £4m.

The university has issued a contract notice seeking a contractor to design and then build the simulator technology, which will be implemented during the refurbishment of an existing university facility. The simulator will help to train students in environments replicating a ship's bridge and its engine room.

In addition, the contract will cover the provision of classroom and office space, as well as support and maintenance covering a period of five years.

Interested suppliers have until early April to submit their bids, with work due to start in May. It's estimated the design and build phases will take around nine months.

Southampton Solent University's existing facilities include bridge simulators that feature a 270-degree view and replications of equipment including rudders and thrusters. The consoles come loaded with a wide range of ship configurations and geographical databases, while the simulators contain radar and chart technology.