New simulator set to enhance studies

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BANFF and Buchan College has taken possession of a spectacular new fishing simulator which is set to enhance its nautical studies courses.

The Transas simulator, which is based at the college’s Lido facility at Peterhead, is an extremely hi-tech innovation and Banff and Buchan College is the only college in the UK to offer this facility.

Peter Buchan, a lecturer in nautical science at the college, told the Buchanie: “The new simulator deals with all aspects of ship handling and covers a multitude of skills which the students have to have which are now part of the MCA legislation for skippers and mates tickets.

“A wide range of locations are covered and at the moment we have a very realistic simulation of Peterhead Bay and harbours - every detail has been taken into account.

“The simulator covers everything that mates and skippers require in order to get their tickets and we are hoping that it will be up and running and ready for the students to use in January next year.”

The new equipment has not yet been commissioned, but there will be a chance for interested members of the public to try it out for themselves later this week when the simulator will be previewed at a special open day on Thursday.

Nautical science CL, John Buchan, explained: “We are having an open day on Thursday from 10am to 4pm as part of Scottish Week and folk can come in and see the simulator in action and try it for themselves,” he said.

“It’s a fantastic addition to the nautical science department and I’m sure the students will find it highly beneficial in the course of their studies,” he added.