How a world leading shipping company
revolutionizes seafarer training
with virtual reality

Eastern Pacific Shipping is a leading shipping company based in Singapore for 30 years. With 5,000 employees working towards establishing a green technology-driven growth to be the safe and efficient transportation provider of choice within the shipping industry.

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What they needed

  • Obviate the need for seafarers to take long, carbon-intensive flights
  • Reduce the thousands of dollars and hours spent on travel to and from training facilities every year
  • Eliminate the risk of transmitting Covid-19 between seafarers during training

The solution we created

A comprehensive step-by-step virtual reality training simulator of the deck of an EPS ship.
Certified by Lloyds Register as an Approved Training Course, no seafarers need to spend time nor money to travel by carbon-intensive flights to on-site training facilities and risk Covid-19.

 

Key results

  • +75% decrease in training cost per person
  • 0.5 tons of CO2e saved per person
  • 282.750 USD in yearly cost savings per training
  • 75 tons CO2e reduction yearly

How it works

A seafarer straps on a VR headset from home, office, hotel, or anywhere else, and immediately they find themselves on the deck of a virtual EPS ship. Here they find the LNG pump and all the manifold equipment required for completing the whole LNG bunkering procedure.

They see avatars of instructors and fellow classmates training alongside them, working together and talking about what they are experiencing and learning. They can collaborate with each other to complete the operation and develop their teamwork skills, better preparing them for the real-life LNG bunkering operation.

They learn what NOT to do in real-life too. Incorrect execution of procedures results in the pump equipment exploding and dramatically ending the virtual training scenario, demonstrating the consequences of mistakes.

When they have completed the simulation, they are prompted with their own data, informing them about their performance. Instructors can use that data, to evaluate trainee’s performance and give feedback. Trainees can then run the simulator again and increase performance.


 

We believe that we benefit from significant savings in time, money, and carbon emissions, improved knowledge retention and that our trainees are simply having more fun meanwhile learning in a safe environment, where it is OK to make mistakes and learn from them.

Claus Nehmzow, Chief Innovation Officer at Eastern Pacific Shipping