VSTEP joins Green Award Foundation

Rotterdam, September 30th 2014 – Green Award is proud to announce that VSTEP Simulation, one of the leading developers of DNV certified maritime simulators in the world has joined Green Award as an incentive provider.

From the 1st of October 2014 onwards, all Green Award certified offices are granted a full year of free premium support when purchasing a VSTEP maritime simulator (product category NAUTIS). The offer applies to all maritime simulator types, ranging from desktop simulators and ECDIS systems all the way up to DNV Class A Full Mission Bridge Simulators. Premium support is valued at an average of around €15,000 depending on simulator type and will be offered free to all Green Award certificate holders that purchase a simulator from VSTEP.

Green Award certifies ships and shipping companies that are extra clean and extra safe. Ships and companies with a Green Award certificate reap various financial and non-financial benefits. By rewarding high safety and environmental standards in shipping, Green Award makes above standard ship operation economically more attractive.

VSTEP’s NAUTIS simulators are a new generation of simulators for the maritime industry. The simulators fulfill training requirements in full compliance with the latest international maritime standards and regulations and include a full range of simulators, from desktop trainer to full mission bridge, and also including simulators for Tug operations and Offshore.

Jan Fransen, Executive Director at Green Award Foundation: “Green Award is happy to welcome yet another type of Incentive Provider to our network. With our special emphasis on the human element, it is a logical step for a company that provides advanced simulators to the maritime industry to join the network.”

Labeled as a new star in town in a market dominated by several longtime competitors, the VSTEP NAUTIS simulators have quickly risen through the ranks, obtaining the highest DNV Certification due to their quality and user friendliness. With focus on a personal approach, with dedicated account managers guiding customers from the planning phase all the way through to the actual implementation and installation, VSTEP prides itself on customer satisfaction and effective, direct communication and high quality support at all times. VSTEP NAUTIS simulators are next gen simulators, offering better performance with substantially less hardware than other simulator solutions currently on the market. Less hardware guarantees less hassle and keeps any downtime to an absolute minimum.

VSTEP is proud to be part of the Green Award Incentive Providers’ network and looks forward to a continuing partnership with the foundation.

For more information about the Green Award Foundation, visit www.greenaward.org

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About Green Award Foundation
Green Award certifies sea-going oil and chemical tankers, bulk carriers, LNG carriers, container carriers and inland navigation barges. Its assessment criteria cover environmental, quality and safety issues, and performance of management and the crew. With this comprehensive approach and a diverse team of the industry’s experts supporting the scheme, Green Award secures the quality of its audits and real value of its certificate. With over 50 ports and other maritime related organisations providing discounts to the certified companies and ships, the scheme motivates ship owners and managers to invest in the improvements on board and ashore and serves as a reliable Corporate Social Responsibility and risk reduction tool for shipping companies and ports. www.greenaward.org

About VSTEP
VSTEP is a leading International developer of simulators and virtual training. VSTEP creates 3D virtual training applications and simulators that allow people to build their skills in a practical, safe and cost effective way. VSTEP has several core product lines, focusing on maritime training solutions for the civilian & military maritime industry (NAUTIS), virtual incident training for first responders (RescueSim), training simulators to prepare camera operators to identify suspect human behavior before a crime or terrorist attack takes place (EyeObserve) and Crowd Control Trainers providing police commanders and training managers with an effective training tool for crowd-related incidents and demonstrations (Crowd Control Trainer). www.vstepsimulation.com

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