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BPLI Holdings and its subsidiary Bluedrop Training & Simulation announced the signing of a Technology Leadership Project Agreement as part of the Canadian Ocean Supercluster’s Accelerated Ocean Solutions Project to deliver its innovative Hoist Mission Training System (HMTS) for full crew Search and Rescue (SAR) helicopter mission simulation over marine environment.
This project will deliver a new device and capability to train SAR operators under realistic mission scenarios including turbulent flow zones, sea state, complex ship and offshore installation geometries and rescue rafts while simulating the full array of east coast Canada and arctic harsh environmental conditions.
With a total project value of $2,058,616, the Ocean Supercluster will provide $1,029,308 in funding for the project with the balance in funding coming from industry. The Marine SAR Helicopter Mission Simulation Project is led by Bluedrop Training and Simulation partnered with Cougar Helicopters and the Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland to offer the new hoist simulator training for all SAR operators requiring specialized training in marine, offshore oil and gas, arctic and general harsh ocean operating environments.
With nearly 70 percent of search and rescue occurring in marine environments, this project will directly increase the safety of personnel working in ocean sectors and improve the quality of decision making and operational intelligence of real-time marine operations. This will represent the first training device to provide realistic simulation of performing a hoist over oceans, various support vessels and offshore platforms, using state of the art virtual simulation that leverages data analytics and Artificial Intelligence to provide best in class, real-time feedback and adaptive learning for ocean rescue activity with global applications.
Canada’s Ocean Supercluster is an industry-led transformative cluster focused on tackling the shared challenges across ocean sectors through a collaborative program designed to accelerate the development and commercialization of globally relevant solutions, while also building a highly capable, inclusive workforce. To encourage innovation and trigger new industry investment during these challenging times, the Ocean Supercluster supplemented its core programs with an additional project stream called Accelerated Ocean Solutions Program (AOSP). This enables the development of smaller projects on a shorter timeline that deliver tangible outcomes, while continuing to build resiliency in our ocean sectors.