By Mark Edward Nero
Foss Maritime said Sept. 21 that it has entered into a four-year agreement with the Seattle Maritime Academy to support their new training facility, which includes a state-of-the-art engine room simulator, a full mission bridge simulator and a computer simulation training laboratory.
Foss’ mariners will have access to the new simulators, along with the customized professional development training offered by Seattle Maritime Academy, to support upgrading or renew licensing and learn new skills.
“When it comes to avoiding accidents, there are three things that really help: practice, practice, and practice,” Foss senior vice president Scott Merritt said. “Having as much time as possible on a simulator is an excellent way for mariners to build their skills and confidence in vessel handling, navigation, and equipment handling.”
The new facility will also prepare students new to the industry for maritime careers, with professional/technical programs in Maritime Engineering Technology and Marine Deck Technology.
“This partnership is a continuation of a strong relationship that also includes successfully placing SMA students with Foss for internships, where they receive at-sea and real world experience, while acquiring the required sea time to upgrading their credentials,” Seattle Maritime Academy Director/Associate Dean Sarah Scherer said.
Foss, like other companies in the maritime industry, is experiencing increasing demand for skilled mariners as many of our employees near retirement, Foss’ Vice President of Human Resources, Darlene Crowder, said.
“We are excited to have a high quality program here in Seattle to train the next generation of mariners,” Crowder said.
The Seattle Maritime Building 1, encompassing 24,000 square feet in two floors, is to be christened during an opening ceremony on Oct. 6.