LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

NYSA also has crane simulators

We were happy to read the article by R.G. Edmonson entitled "Virtual Reality" in the March 5, 2007, edition of the JoC. Training is vital to safety and productivity. However, we wanted to make you aware that you didn't need to travel to Maryland to see state-of-the-art training simulators. We have them right here in the Port of New York and New Jersey.

In late 2006, the New York Shipping Association took delivery on two training simulators. Manufactured by GlobalSim, a Salt Lake City, Utah, company, these simulators are mobile and feature terminal facility specific environmental orientations. In other words, if you work at Maher and you are training on a straddle carrier, the environment you work in on the simulator is Maher's terminal. That holds true for every facility in the Port of New York and New Jersey.

The two simulators, one for training on the straddle carrier and the other for either rubber-tire gantry crane or dockside crane training, will enhance and supplement the training of longshore workers prior to field use of actual equipment. A variety of training scenarios can be programmed into the simulators to replicate actual challenges presented by terminal activity, including terminal traffic, time of day and weather conditions. Trainee performance can be scored and tracked, and criteria areas in need of improvement can be identified.

We welcome and invite the JoC to visit our state-of-the-art training center and the simulators. It is our hope that you would be interested in featuring our complete training program in a future article.

Beverly H. Fedorko

Director, external affairs

New York Shipping Association Inc.