MPC funds towboat simulator to train boat captains

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On Sept. 28, MPC made a $30,000 donation to Mountwest Community and Technical College’s Maritime Academy in Huntington, West Virginia. The money will be used to upgrade and maintain the college’s towboat simulator, a key component in training MPC captains and pilots on how to safely navigate a river.

The simulator mirrors real-life river navigation, creating a 360-degree experience using six screens for captains and pilots to learn all the levers and buttons used in a tugboat bridge. The simulator enhances the decision-making process for trainees and improves the quality of safety when on the barge.

MPC’s donation will allow for the simulator to have the most up-to-date software and additional hardware that the college could not otherwise afford, said Steven Brown, dean of Mountwest’s Career and Technical division.

 “A facility like this offers us the opportunity to build a program, in collaboration with the college, that lets our wheelmen train for difficult situations and gives us an opportunity to assess and improve their skills and reactions,” said Todd Sandifer, MPC marine transportation manager. “It’s a great program that allows us to work with the college and benefit the maritime industry.”