Japanese companies Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) and MOL Marine & Engineering Co. (MOLMEC) have announced plans to launch a training program using the Dynamic Positioning (DP) System simulator. The program will target crewmembers of self-elevating platform (SEP) vessels and service operation vessels (SOVs) that support offshore wind power generation projects. The aim is to complete the program and open the course at the MOL DP Training Center by the end of 2023. The training program will be open to applicants from Japan and overseas, not just MOL Group seafarers. The companies hope that by offering more training opportunities, they can contribute to the safe operation of work vessels, which are crucial for floating offshore wind power projects.
The training program has been selected as a subsidized project in the Offshore Wind Power Human Resource Development Project administered by the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy, part of Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. The DP simulator operated by MOL and MOLMEC already offers training programs for cable-laying vessels and anchor handling tug supply vessels. They have now added three new programs for ship operation and DP system operation training, as well as SEP ship and SOV training, to provide a comprehensive practical training curriculum.
The offshore wind power projects that the training program aims to support are expected to begin operation in the late 2020s, contributing to the creation of a decarbonized society. By offering training in the DP system, MOL and MOLMEC hope to ensure the safe and efficient operation of work vessels in this growing sector.