On 10 March 2004, Kongsberg Maritime Simulation Inc. signed a contract with Maine Maritime Academy to supply a Polaris shiphandling simulator. This competitively won contract initiates a $1 Million USD five-year program for new simulators and long-term support to reflect advances in simulation technology. The contract scope includes simulation hardware and software for a full-mission "Primary" bridge (bridge A), two "Secondary" visual bridges (bridges B and C), and a navigation training suite consisting of an instructor station and nine (9) student stations. The Polaris simulator includes the latest ship simulation software, ship models and databases, SeaView visual system, and e-Coach exercises.
Maine Maritime Academy Contract signing for Polaris navigation and shiphandling simulator with (left to right) Dudley Baker, Sales, Kongsberg Maritime Simulation Inc., Stacey Bowden Ericson, Director of Facilities Management and Purchasing, and Capt. Sam Teel, Chairman, Nautical Science Department