$81,000 of upgrades were recently completed on the school’s full-mission bridge simulator.

The simulator provides invaluable training to the university’s Maritime Academy cadets, as it can prepare them for a number of maritime situations and conditions.

“When their simulator experience is as realistic as possible, it benefits them, it benefits the companies they go to work for, it benefits the A&M brand and the quality of mariners we’re putting out, and it benefits consumers and society. Our graduates will be helping to maintain and expand the global supply chain. Globalization is only increasing, which is another great part of this training – we can train them using real scenarios in accurately-reproduced ports,” explained Zimmer.

The cadets are trained on in the simulator on a variety of ports, including Houston/Galveston, the English Channel, Singapore and the Straits of Malacca, the Straits of Hormuz, Alaska, San Francisco, Seattle/Tacoma, ports on the East Coast.