CASE STUDY: VR Training for Superyacht Navigation Crew
Updated: Mar 23
Kilo was commissioned by a leading Yacht and Marine Company to provide their Navigational Teams with a program of training, aimed at advancing individual and whole team competence in ColRegs and Bridge Resource Management skills and behaviours.
We delivered this through our innovative immersive Virtual Reality Bridge Environment, VASCO, merging the immersive technology with digitally savvy Master Mariner instructors.
The focus was on improving how core knowledge is applied in real-life scenarios, via the authentic VR experience and a program of coaching, mentoring, and evaluation.
The Client was committed to ensuring that their vessels and people operate to the highest professional standards.
As operational tempos increased, and opportunities for traditional skill development within in-country fixed simulators reduced, the Client sought a modern solution that met the business need and delivered highly trained personnel and ROI in equal measure.
Using advanced technology and Kilo’s VASCO program, the opportunity to deliver simulator training at the point of need, utilising nothing more than a $400.00 headset, ensured consistent access to the training program, irrespective of geographical location.
The commercial logic of advancing workforce skills without the need for flights, expenses, and neutral salary days is reshaping traditional thinking and setting the standards for how training programs are delivered for the betterment of all.
50+ Deck seafaring personnel were provided with access to engaging digital content on the company’s learning management system, where the underpinning knowledge was accessible 24/7 and tracked theoretical understanding of the International Rules for Preventing Collisions at Sea (ColRegs).
Participating Seafarers were then scheduled to join 2 x 45 Minute VASCO sessions each month, where they were progressively developed across a range of scenarios that covered all elements of ColRegs, alongside ensuring that the Client’s Bridge Resource Management policy was adhered to throughout.
Accessing VASCO via a Meta Quest 2 headset, the Seafarers were immediately immersed onto the navigational bridge and were allocated a role and responsibility within it.
Navigator, Co-Navigator, Helm, and Look-Out quickly gelled and then responded to the immediacy of the Navigational challenges faced.
With fully interactive consoles and controls, the intuitive nature of the environment ensured the seafarers were immediately ready to focus on the training objectives.
Seafarers were joining the training from various geographical locations, with the only dependency being a Meta Quest 2 headset and a basic Wi-Fi access. Often, the headsets were tethered to mobile phones!!
What the People Said
"Especially liked that I was in the role of captain. What i aspire to in the future. Thank you for this experience."
"The virtual simulator is so amazing. Overall, it’s a great learning experience."
"Realistic collision situations. I like the ability to practice in a simulation environment without having to travel to another place."
" like how techy and handy the availability of the training equipment to enhance more the knowledge and skills of the Officers or the Bridge Team."
"This was a normal condition navigation, and it was enjoyable. Specially having to share the bridge with other crewmembers from different vessels and working synchronized."
"Gave chance to junior officer to speak more proactive."