A new 'Resolution' for Warsash

Warsash Maritime Academy

May 16 2013

On Thursday 16 May, industry leaders, dignitaries and University staff were present at the launch and naming ceremony of 'Resolution' at our Ship Handling Centre in Timsbury, near Romsey.

The occasion was presided over by Solent University’s Chancellor, Admiral, The Right Honourable Lord West of Spithead. Pip Smith, Head of the Vice-Chancellor’s Office, used an appropriately sized bottle of champagne to officially launch ‘Resolution’ - the first 1:25 scale model of a container ship to join our existing fleet at Timsbury.

“This valuable addition to the fleet demonstrates the sustained level of investment from Southampton Solent University in its facilities at the Academy,” says Andrew Hair, Director of Warash Maritime Academy (WMA).

“Our extensive fleet, expert teaching staff and unique training facilities, reaffirms the reputation of the Academy’s Ship Handling Centre as one of the best in the world. As well as benefitting the shipping industry economically and environmentally, this type training has the potential to save lives.”

Modelled on a real 13,300 TEU container ship that is 365 metres in long, the scaled vessel replicates the most widely used container ship size trading globally by major shipping companies such as CMA CGM Group, Maersk and MSC.

The 1:25 scaled model is 14.62 metres long, weighs 12.5 tonnes, has operational power anchors, electric hydraulic steering, bow thrust and main propulsion systems. Transferable water ballasts enables it to operate in light or loaded conditions.

One of only three major centres in the world, the Ship Handling Centre provides a world-class training platform for pilots, masters and ships officers, using various manned models, accurately scaled to that of a real ship.

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