The Government of Canada has issued a contract valued at $1,750,000 USD to Kongsberg Maritime Ship Systems (KMSS) for the delivery of PC based Ship Handling Training Systems. KMSS will be delivering 63 Navigational Part Task Trainers (NPTT) based on Commercial Off-The-Shelf simulation software from its POLARIS/PANORAMA navigation simulation product line.The Canadian Navy has consistently taken the lead amongst NATO countries in implementing broad access to simulation training for Navigation Officers.
To facilitate self-study and distance learning, the part task trainer will have a learning management system coupled with an electronic tutor. This combination will allow a student to log-on to the system and based on his level of training to select a suitable training exercise from the available library. The electronic tutor will then guide him through the exercise providing instructions and critiquing his reactions to the various situations that are encountered. At the conclusion of the exercise, the studentís reactions are automatically evaluated and results stored in a database.