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New simulators in place to help train maritime program students at Lamar State College Orange

Students will be able learn how to navigate in all types of vessels by using high-end simulators beginning in fall 2019.

ORANGE, Texas — New Transas vessel simulators have been added to help train students in Lamar State College Orange's maritime program.

Students will be able to learn how to navigate all types of vessels in waterways with the help of the simulators starting in fall 2019. 

Capt. Chris Horner, the director of the maritime program, said the simulators are able to change the environment around a vessel.

Your vessel to the future! Whether you're ready to start your career in the maritime industry or you've sailed the seas and need recertification, the LSCO Maritime program provides U.S. Coast Guard and STCW approved training to meet the high demand for workers in the industry.

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Horner said the simulators help deck officers learn 'how to utilize equipment they have available to them for information while they are piloting.'

He said the previous simulation system LSCO had was damaged during Harvey, and this new system is a replacement.

"I can control every aspect of the weather, every aspects of the seas, and every aspect how the ships operate in the currents," said Capt. Horner. 

Horner said with 90 percent of the world's commerce traveling by water, there's money to be made as a mariner. 

"There is a big gain in the shipping industry and we need people to work," said Horner. 

He said an entry level deckhand is able to make up to almost $40,000. To register for the course, or for more information, visit Lamar State College Orange's website.  

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