State of the art ‘fully immersive’ training simulator welcomed across the quayside at Port of Tilbury.

The Port of Tilbury’s award-winning Logistics Training Academy in partnership with the Tilbury on the Thames Trust (TTT) has welcomed the arrival of a new state of the art ‘fully immersive’ training simulator as part of the ‘Attention to Logistics’ training programme.

The ‘Attention to Logistics’ training programme and bursary scheme, launched last year by the Trust, has been created to specifically focus on the veteran community, helping ex-service men and women and their families back into work through the logistics sector. The programme will be delivered by Tilbury on the Thames Trust in partnership with the Port of Tilbury Logistics Academy.

The Vortex ship to shore and straddle carrier simulator, purchased by the Trust from global leader in simulation-based solutions, CM Labs Simulations of Montreal, was delivered in a container to London Container Terminal in Tilbury. The container was opened by Thurrock MP, Jackie-Doyle Price and Stuart Wallace, Chief Operating Officer at Forth Ports and Chair of Tilbury on the Thames Trust.

Utilising 13 screens and 270 degree views, the Vortex simulator provides full simulation of all the major crane and straddle operational components such as motion, cable and lifting systems, and lift apparatus. It will provide new operators with an enhanced learning environment featuring industrial controls and realistic working terminal scenarios. The Simulator will also provide valuable experience and important operational information that prepares them for, and complements, learning on a real terminal – for both crane and straddle operations. In addition to this, the Vortex simulator can be used to train operators how to react properly to operational hazards that cannot be safely trained for on a real operational terminal; this may include overloads, bad weather, and equipment failures.

The Trust has also purchased a second simulator by Tenstar which is already in use as part of the Academy’s state of the art technology suite. This Tenstar training simulator has a full four screen surround and touch panel screen setup which enhances the feeling of working in an actual machine. With the Veterans programme in mind, the TTT specified the simulator to be equipped with Front Loading Shovel, Counter Balanced Forklift and HGV Truck with Trailer simulation software. In addition, the simulator is also virtual reality ready with the necessary programmes and cabling being fitted for the future addition of Oculus Rift VR equipment.

Commenting on the arrival of the simulator Stuart Wallace, Chief Operating Officer at Forth Ports and Chair of Tilbury on the Thames Trust said: “This is an exciting day as we welcome this state of the art training simulator to the port funded by the Tilbury on the Thames Trust. We are pleased to provide the premises for this technology suite where the Attention to Logistics programme will be delivered to create new opportunities for veterans whose military service experience make them well suited for careers in Logistics.”

Jackie-Doyle Price MP for Thurrock said: “I am very excited that we are pulling together the best possible facilities for the Attention to Logistics programme.  We are committed to giving ex service personnel the best facilities in which to learn so that we can help them into new employment. These are fantastic resources.”

The Logistics Training Academy is located within the port estate and also offers skills development and training to the port workforce and the community alongside developing a centre of excellence in training for the Logistics Sector.

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About The Port of Tilbury – the major gateway to London and the South East

The Port of Tilbury is London’s major port, providing fast, modern distribution services for the benefit of the South East of England and beyond. The Port of Tilbury is a dynamic and diverse port, handling the full range of cargoes with specialist expertise in the handling of paper and forest products, containers, Ro Ro, grain and bulk commodities and construction and building materials.

Tilbury’s strategic location makes it a natural point for distribution, with 18 million people living within 75 miles. Serving the UK’s market, the port offers customers excellent transport links to and from the UK’s capital and across the South East where over 50% of the population live and work.

The port is a diverse multi-modal hub, covering around 1,100 acres and is well positioned to access the M25 orbital motorway and the rest of the UK’s national motorway network. In addition, there are direct rail connections within the port, with access to the whole of the UK rail network, and dedicated barge facilities.

Tilbury 2 – 152 acres of land, including a further deep water jetty, close to the east of the port has been acquired. This land acquisition brings the total port acreage to 1,100 acres and Forth Ports intends to use this land to extend their current operations with the creation of a new port, to grow to meet the needs of their customers and market demands. It is anticipated that a development consent order will be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate in late 2017. It is envisaged that the site will be a construction materials and short-sea shipping hub, handling imported and exported materials and goods.

London Container Terminal (LCT) provides a unique combination of European Short Sea and Deep Sea services at the same facility.  As the UK’s third largest container terminal, Tilbury handles over half a million containers per year. There is an extensive range of ro-ro services through Tilbury. Facilities exist for car carriers, ferries, combi ships and heavy lifts. There are dedicated ro-ro berths in the dock and deepsea berths along the riverside as well as freight ferry services to Europe.    @forthports