Have you ever imagined that one day, seafarers’ and maritime students training would not consume their precious time of immersing into a training ship to get well rounded of its segments? Or trainings and assessments will be ‘techie’ as if you are playing your favorite Playstation, in the comfort of the centers you are enrolled with and just using joysticks and hand gestures? Well that’s the beauty of augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR). And yes, it is already available at One Ocean Training and Assessment Center, the country’s primary VR/AR Powered Training & Assessment Center.

One Ocean was formed and conceptualized by three visionaries who spearheaded the promotion of standards and innovations in the country’s maritime industry, headed by its President and CEO Captain Karl Dexter Quimsing, alongside with his equally talented partner Capt. Frederrick Dalumay with technical cooperation from Chief Engr. Ephrem Dela Cerna of Seaversity for virtual reality and e learning platforms.

Its primarily aim is to deliver the fleet of tomorrow with the system of futuristic approach such as augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) platforms for the fleet of tomorrow, of course without compromising education and training’s quality, yielding to administrative and international standards.
During the launch last May 23, 2018 in its headquarter at the 2nd Floor of EMI Building, Leveriza corner Quirino Avenue in Manila, Once Ocean President and CEO Quimsing signaled the opening of the company and set the “ship in motion.”

“The company and its people is now ready to roll the boat into the waters. It has been our goal to give our clients the best customer service that we can give. Here, we fulfill seafarers dream by giving training and assessment by the field of visual realization, the first of its kind. As they say, it is not the skill but the strength that governs the ship, the life’s reality. Ups and downs happen, waves will try to knock us down but together, you and I as partners, we can let our dreams set sail.” Quimsing averred.

“Seaversity is one of lead technical specialist for Management Level and we are also engaged in the formulation of National Practical Assessment in the country. Hopefully, One Ocean will be the site for the pilot testing of national assessor’s system.” Dela Cerna said.
He also added that the M/V Batanes, owned by Abojeb-Jebsens Maritime, Inc. (JMI), through the efforts of Capt. Joran Nostvik developed the VR vessel specific familiarization model which the model is the virtual replica of of what is now docked in Pier 5, is right now a model ship and they mull to incorporate more model ships for their simulators in the future through Abojeb-Jebsens.
AR/VR defined

Virtual reality (VR) immerses users in a fully artificial digital environment. This technology engrosses users in a completely virtual environment that is generated by a computer. The most advanced VR experiences even provide freedom of movement, in which users can move in a digital environment and hear sounds. Moreover, special hand controllers can be used to enhance VR experiences.

While augmented reality (AR) overlays virtual objects on the real-world environment. With this, users see and interact with the real world while digital content is added to it. If this sounds unclear, think of Pokemon Go – millions of people all over the world was once been rushing with their smartphones in search for small virtual creatures. That’s the most vivid example of augmented reality.

“We believe in Visual Immersion Learning and the practicalities of interaction to ensure the required competencies of personnel onboard. The center is fully capable of automated assessment system for objective based evidences upon the specifications of the international convention and the requirements of shipping companies.” Quimsing further expounded.
One Ocean uses Seaversity, Kongsberg technologies

Prior to the conception of One Ocean is their partnership with Seaversity, a VR/AR Platform Developer that embraces the paradigm shift of learning in maritime education and trainings in line with the emergence and the advent of new technology.

In a previous interview of Tinig ng Marino with one of its proponents, Chief Engr. Dela Cerna, he said they formulated the technology to benefit of maritime schools but later on offered to training and assessment centers.

“We saw the need of this technology because sad to say, most of our maritime universities and training centers does not have its own training ships. And sadly, our maritime students and trainees just rely on the scenario being discussed and told by their instructors. They do not even have the idea of what an engine looks like. With the use of virtual reality , students and trainees will be given the first-hand impression of the high field of view of the scaled size main engine and its components, among other parts. which will bring them to the reality of marine engineering and its basic construction,” Dela Cerna Jr. explained.
Guided by the core principles of competency-based trainings and assessments that prepares the seafarers to be able to perform what they are trained to do in their actual workplace, Seaversity has been ambitious to achieve the creation of a realistic and technologically enhanced learning environment; ensuring active mentor-trainee involvement in practical training; continuously develop solutions to cope with the advancement of technology in the maritime field; employ advanced IT solutions in designing that fits the clients’ needs; and providing the state-of-the-art solutions on spatial visualization of complex structures in lieu of actual physical components such as ship machineries and actual ships.

Dela Cerna also revealed that Seaversity have already been in initial partnership with the Maritime of Asia and the Pacific (MAAP) to use the same approach in teaching maritime students.

Besides the use of AR/VR technologies, One Ocean is powered by the latest Polaris Kongsberg Bridge Simulators, the newest technology from Kongsberg with high resolution 9 Visualization system and 10 mini bridge stations.
These system formations guarantee planned methods of building high levels of competence. The maritime simulation technology gives impressive 3D graphics to illustrate true-to-life vessel models and exercise areas, ensuring quality simulation training in realistic environments, which is flexible to real life handling situation.
Kongsberg Digital is a provider of next generation software and digital solutions to customers within maritime, oil & gas and renewables & utilities.
Furthermore, One Ocean is also equipped with 65-inch Visual Walkthrough Onscreen Platform made in high level 3D Animation System by Kongsberg which gives a full high fidelity operational overview of the operations of a typical engine room.
The system allows students and trainees to navigate through the engine room with detailed sub-system such as the boiler, compressors, pumps, pipes and coolers used onboard. The student can operate the equipment from within a virtual cored environment.

In choosing One Ocean, seafarers will be equipped with excellence in maritime and oceans education, professional and training assessment with the utilization of world class simulators; state of the art virtual and augmented laboratory; and modern classrooms furnished with the up-to-the-minute instructional delivery machineries.

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