Published: February 27, 2023
February 27, 2023, St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada and Auckland, New Zealand – As part of its growth and diversification strategy, Virtual Marine Technology Inc. (Virtual Marine) announced today the signing of a strategic market representation agreement with Global Marine Technical Services (GMTS), extending its in-country coverage to Australia and New Zealand. The agreement includes representation for Virtual Marine’s products within New Zealand and Australia, as well as other areas in the Indo-Pacific region.
Nik Roné Thullesen, Director of Global Marine Technology Services Ltd., said “We had the opportunity to work with Virtual Marine on a project here in New Zealand in 2022 and were impressed with both their technology and how their customers connect with it. With our extensive experience in the maritime simulation space and our touch points in the maritime training market, we see this as a natural extension to the GMTS service offering. Virtual Marine’s install base continues to grow and we are happy to be part of their growth strategy in this part of the world.”
Virtual Marine’s Vice President of Sales, Clayton Burry, confirmed “We were impressed by the level of engagement GMTS brings to our market, both on the sales and technical service sides. They are becoming quite well known in our markets on their own accord, but we are well aligned to jointly benefit from expanding our reach for lifeboat, fast rescue boat and ice management simulation in the South Pacific region.” He went on to say, “By having Nik and his team actively working with us in New Zealand and Australia, we are also bringing to our existing and future customers the ability to have someone answer the phone in the local time zone, which can never be underestimated for both sales and in-service support.”
Based in New Zealand, Global Marine Technologies is a premium supplier of technology solutions to the Marine, Defence and Super Yacht sectors. The team at GMTS have decades of experience in the Technology, Defence, Maritime and Super Yacht space, culminating in a professional and knowledgeable service that its clients around the globe can rely on.
With a full range of desktop to full mission motion systems, Virtual Marine’s industry-leading technology incorporates machine learning, adaptive training and gamification to create engaging learning experiences and customized training that is ideal for either instructor-led or self-study. The company’s embedded instructor-less curriculum and cloud-based assessment, testing and certification system, has resulted in a compact training solution for customers, whilst leveraging Virtual Marine’s unique expertise in meeting all key global regulatory training standards.
The company’s recent launch of the low-cost MissionQuestTM modular virtual reality desktop simulator is viewed as a revolutionary shift in the approach to maritime simulation training. The field-proven solutions, which back into robust flight cases for ease of transport, have triggered a boost in market demand for compact and cost-effective lifeboat and fast rescue boat coxswain training solutions.