At the Devonport Naval Base, New Zealand Defence have created a bespoke Seamanship Training Aids facility – Landside and Waterside, which replicates operational equipment in a facility that allows training to be carried out in a safe and controlled manner.
The Royal New Zealand Navy took an innovative approach to ensuring realism abounds at its new seamanship training facility so that high quality training can be undertaken ashore in a safe and controlled manner yet provide a Realistic Working Environment (RWE). Liaising closely with the NZDF and the Navy User Group, TBIG developed a detailed design brief to ensure the facility delivered the Navy’s vision “regarding seamanship excellence.” TBIG provided project management services for the delivery of the Main Contractor design and build of the NZ Defence STA Facility.
The Seamanship Training Aids Facility Landside was completed in late 2015. The end result is a replica Inshore Patrol Vessel Forecastle, Midships, and Quarterdeck, Mainmast and Replenishment Rig Training Aids. The facility is housed in one shed on the waterfront at Devonport Naval Base. Trainees undertake a range of training modules such as refuelling, anchoring and rescue procedures on the vessel rather than at sea, thus increasing safety, improving training and freeing ships for sea duties.
TBIG completed Phase Two of the project in July 2018, being the Waterside facility which is a purpose-built barge designed for on water training. The Waterside training aid will include a VEST Davit, HIAB crane, Gantry and Accommodation Ladder, that will allow RNZN personnel to train in the launching and recovery of RHIBS and small craft. The Waterside facility provides further training modules for recruits to learn and practice “at sea” routines in a Realistic Working Environment.