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Successful assessment of a VR fire extinguishing training application in the MDigi-I Ayia Marina Testbed

The Ayia Napa Marina testbed, part of the Maritime Digitalization Research Infrastructure (MDigi-I), was successfully used to assess the VR-based fire extinguishing training application developed by the Turku University of Applied Sciences (Turku UAS). The MDigi-I consortium partners, Cyprus Marine and Maritime Institute, Columbia Shipmanagement Ltd, and Ayia Napa Marina, participated in the assessment on June 25th, 2024.

The experiment demonstrated the effectiveness of using VR for real-life fire extinguishing training. This solution was developed in the Business Finland-funded Virtual Training Certification project (VTC).

According to Dr. Mika Luimula (Research Group Leader at Turku UAS) this test was highly valuable for the project. “Our industrial partners are interested in conducting effectiveness studies for certified virtual training solutions, not only in Finland, but also abroad to better understand how solutions will work in different contexts. We want to express our gratitude to our friends in Cyprus for supporting our research activities this way”. From the Cyprus side, the assessment was supported by the MDigi-I project, which aims to enhance maritime safety through improved training methods and technologies.

This event would not have been possible without the participation of volunteers from Paralimini Youth and Paralimni Scouts. A big thanks to the two volunteer organizations!


Maritime Digitalization Research Infrastructure project (STRATEGIC INFRASTRUCTURES/1222/0113) is co-funded by the Republic of Cyprus and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), in the frame of the Operational Programme “ΘΑλΕΙΑ” 2021-2027

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