Port Newark Auto Terminal’s New Mobile RoRo Training Simulator
Ports America’s Port Newark Auto Terminal (PNAT) has purchased a mobile ro-ro operations labor training simulator, which prepares drivers for a variety of ro-ro vessel scenarios involved in the loading and discharging of rolling stock and auto cargoes.
This addition to Ports America’s overall operational training programs elevates the company from its competitors, according to Ports America Director – Northeast Operations Jonathon Doyle. The STISIM Drive(R) system is interactive and not only simulates the range of ro-ro vessels’ challenging scenarios, but also measures and corrects driver performance. Among the many benefits that customers gain from Ports America’s investment in this system is damage and risk prevention along with a more highly skilled, reliable labor force. All drivers must complete simulator training as part of the Ports America driving test requirement in order to gain the car driver category qualification.
Doyle expanded upon the value for its customers. “We are providing our drivers with this comprehensive, state-of-the-art training program tool to achieve superior quality cargo handling,” he said.
Jorge Taboada, Ports America general manager for PNAT and Bayonne Auto Terminal (BAT), led the years of research and development. “Drivers are immersed in this educational program through a personalized experience before working actual vessels,” Taboada said. “They are provided this unique opportunity to practice potentially risky scenarios in a safe environment while standards and procedures are promoted during the exercise.”
Ports America, headquartered in New Jersey, is the largest independent marine terminal operator and stevedore company in the United States. The company currently operates in more than 42 ports and 80 locations.