San Jacinto College Maritime hosts Port of Houston Research Projects


The San Jacinto College Maritime Technology & Training Center in partnership with the Houston Pilots is enabling some of the industry’s most respected names to conduct research through the use of high-tech maritime simulation.


Through a $1 million donation from the Houston Pilots, San Jacinto College houses three state-of-the-art, full-mission bridge simulators featuring 65 hydro-dynamically accurate vessels that can be operated in 10 regions worldwide.


“Our Konsberg simulators are hydrodynamically accurate,” said John Stauffer, Maritime Technology & Training Center associate vice chancellor. “This allows an organization to come in to conduct waterway research and rely on the technology to react in the same way the water and vessels would in the real world.”


Not only do the Houston Pilots conduct their research at the Center, but the Port of Houston, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, as well as companies like the Maritime Pilot’s Institute and Waterway Simulation Technology, Inc. have utilized the facility.


“The facilities at San Jac are great,” said Larry Daggett, vice president of Waterway Simulation Technology, Inc. “It is important to have three simulators, so that we can run two tug simulators interacting with large ship simulators. We can adjust situations as needed and it has been a great help to our research.”


Daggett, former chief of navigation with the Army Corps of Engineers, in conjunction with George Burkley, executive director of the Maritime Pilot’s Institute, have worked together on the Port of Houston’s expansion projects running feasibility studies on widening and deepening the Port to allow two-way traffic.

“San Jacinto College simulation has been central to research and operational success of emerging energy export projects such as Louisiana's Cameron LNG export facility, Texas's Freeport LNG export facility and utilization of VLCC crude carriers for oil export out of Texas City and Corpus Christi,” said Burkely. “These simulation tools enable advanced team training of ship pilots and tug operators in projects that propel America's capacity to export energy.”


With research continuing in the Houston region San Jacinto College expects to continue welcoming researchers to their Center.



About San Jacinto College

Surrounded by monuments of history, evolving industries, maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has served the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, since 1961. San Jacinto College is among the top 10 community colleges in the nation as designated by the Aspen Institute for Community College Excellence, and was named an Achieving the Dream Leader College of Distinction in 2020. The College serves approximately 45,000 credit and non-credit students annually, and offers more than 200 degrees and certificates across eight major areas of study that put students on a path to transfer to four-year institutions or enter the workforce. San Jacinto College’s impact on the region totals $1.3 billion in added income, which supports 13,044 jobs. The College is fiscally sound, holding bond ratings of AA and Aa2 by Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s.

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