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Maersk Training has opened a new advanced simulator facility in Dubai to address the demanding training requirements of the offshore industry in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Oil and gas and maritime companies can use the new facility to test planned operations in a safe simulated environment.

The training will make sure that the crews are optimally prepared prior to their entering the actual operation and aims to increase safety and reduce cost.

Teams can make use of the hands-on scenario-based training to practice events and joint procedures together as an integrated unit.

"Previously companies had to send people outside the region for state-of-the-art training and a better learning experience, but we are happy that we are now able to provide this here."

Maersk Training CEO Claus Bihl said: "Despite the oil price, we think this is the right time to open our training facility in Dubai, UAE, as right now the focus of the industry is on improving crew competency to obtain better safety and operational excellence.

"Previously companies had to send people outside the region for state-of-the-art training and a better learning experience, but we are happy that we are now able to provide this here in the region, thereby reducing total cost of training and further improving the safety standards in the region."

The primary focus will be on operational simulation with current integration of human factors.

In November 2015, Maersk Training opened its new offshore simulation complex in Houston, US, for training oil and gas industry personnel.

The facility houses simulators for cyber drilling, vessel bridge, cranes and engine room, in addition to an emergency response room.


Image: The new facility will help oil and gas companies to test planned operations in a safe simulated environment. Photo: © Maersk Training.