Transas to provide a full mission search and rescue simulator for the RNLI

Transas Marine UK has been awarded a major contract to supply a Full Mission SAR (Search And Rescue) Simulator to the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution). The RNLI sees its future simulator complex as the worldwide "Centre of Excellence for Lifeboat Training and Rescue Operations" capable of providing such enhanced training programs as Accelerated Learning, Refresher Courses, Crisis Management and Search and Rescue Operations.

The Transas simulator, which will be installed in the RNLI’s new training headquarters in Poole, UK, will incorporate new lifeboat models such as the Severn Class, FSB and some others designed by Transas with extreme precision to realistically simulate the customer’s actual vessels. In addition, Transas will produce new detailed visual areas around the UK coast to meet the RNLI’s specific training requirements.

The simulator complex will comprise a main lifeboat bridge with a 240-degree visualisation screen and a full lifeboat mock-up. The simulator will also comprise a secondary bridge that will be used as the USP (Upper Steering Position), and two PC labs with up to eight interactive modular bridges.

Using this training facility, the RNLI will carry out multi-vessel search and rescue scenarios, incorporating helicopters and other visual enhancements such as debris, man in the water and realistic sea spray and rough weather conditions effects. The instructor station comes complete with the unique "birds eye view" feature from Transas providing a complete viewpoint of any scenario. A briefing/debriefing room will also be included in the complex and will be equipped with full multimedia display facilities. Transas and the RNLI have agreed that the simulator configuration might be further upgraded in the future, to implement the addition of new equipment and units as they come into operation within the fleet of lifeboats.

Transas has benefited from a long-established excellent working relationship with the RNLI, over the last two years. Within the framework of their first mutual project, Transas supplied and supported mobile GMDSS training packages that have been fitted to three mobile training vehicles. These systems are being used all over the British Isles and in Ireland for training lifeboat crews that have to use this equipment on a daily basis. This solution has allowed the RNLI not only to reduce the duration of training courses, but also to increase the overall pass rates for exam candidates.