Changing the face of maritime safety

In 2004, when we set out to change the face of the maritime safety, innovation wasn’t the first word that came to mind. It was survival. Too many accidents involved injuries and fatalities, with safety regulations dating back to the wreckage of the Titanic. We watched our own perish in the stormy seas off the coast of Newfoundland, during the Ocean Ranger disaster. There had to be a better way to prepare for the worst – to be ready.

Since then, we have made thousands of incremental improvements to our simulation systems, and we keep improving daily. We have helped regulatory bodies and flag states globally to implement and embrace the change that major Oil and Gas companies are requesting so they can increase competence and confidence in dangerous emergency situations. We incorporate science into advanced training systems to produce unique and memorable learning experiences. Being the first company to bring lifeboat simulation to the offshore oil and gas industry comes with a responsibility that we wear with pride.

We are Virtual Marine – Performance Simulation & Training.



Capt. Anthony Patterson is CEO and President of Virtual Marine. Capt. Patterson is a Master Mariner and possesses a Bachelor of Maritime Studies from Memorial University of Newfoundland.  His main area of expertise is marine operations, especially under emergency and/or harsh environments.  As President/CEO of Virtual Marine, he has conducted and managed research programs related to Search & Rescue and has developed, delivered and evaluated training programs for the CCG, the Marine Institute of Memorial University, and major oil companies.  His marine simulation background includes serving as the Director of the Centre for Marine Simulation at the Marine Institute from 2000 to 2007.   Prior to arrival at the Marine Institute, Captain Patterson was a CCG Officer, where he fulfilled seagoing roles and acted as a senior staff officer in Canada’s maritime search and rescue program.  A graduate of the CCGC, he holds a diploma in Nautical Science, a Coast Guard Command Certificate, a Master Mariner’s Certificate and a Bachelor’s Degree in Maritime Studies.  His research experience includes the development of computerized search planning techniques and the evaluation of human factors associated with marine operations in harsh environments.  His training experience includes the development of marine emergency management courses, oil spill response courses, lifeboat evacuation courses and the Canadian Pleasure Craft Operator Certificate program.  He is currently the National Education Chair for the Company of Master Mariners of Canada and is a member of the Canadian delegation to the International Maritime Organization (a legislative body of the United Nations).

Mr. Randy Billard is the Chief Technical Officer (CTO) and Executive Vice-President of Virtual Marine.  He is responsible for leading Virtual Marine’s team of engineers and computer scientists in the continuous development of small craft simulation technologies. He has expertise in military and civilian simulator development and project management, and he is actively involved in the ocean engineering and simulation R&D communities.  He has experience in managing technical product development from early stage prototypes to commercially ready systems, which includes the validation and the testing of simulators at various technology readiness levels (TRLs).  He is certified as a P. Eng, holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters Degree in Ocean and Naval Architectural Engineering from Memorial University, with expertise in vessel and wave modeling.  He has conducted several academic and industry-led simulation studies and has authored and co-authored conference and journal articles on the topic of simulation.  Mr. Billard is the project manager for military and civilian simulator development programs executed through Virtual Marine’s commercial sales and R&D funded projects.

Lin Paddock  is the VP Sales & Marketing and he joined Virtual Marine in January 2017.  A former senior military officer, he completed a Business Admin degree (with Honours) from College Militaire Royale in 1989.  He was commissioned as a Maritime Surface Warfare (MARS) Officer, earned his Naval Certificate of Competency and then transferred to Naval Logistics.  Throughout, his career he was immersed in naval and deployed Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) operations, and he was awarded two Naval Commendations – one for his  leadership of a deployed Logistics Site in the Arabian Gulf; the other for his efforts in coordinating all logistics requirements in Scotland after the fire onboard HMCS CHICOUTIMI.  He was also awarded the prestigious Chief of the Defence Staff Commendation for his financial leadership across 24 international operations, the largest being the Afghanistan Mission.  The last two years, he served as Ex Director for the Aerospace the Defence Industry Association of NL (ADIANL). Under his leadership ADIANL’s membership doubled and the Maritime & Arctic Security & Safety Conference became a recognized international conference.  A graduate of the CAF Command and Staff College, he holds both a Certified Professional Accountant (CPA) and a Professional Logistics (PLog) designation, and he is working towards a Masters in Public Administration.

Hong Ngee Tay is Virtual Marine’s Software Development Manager, where he heads a team of simulation software development personnel.  A graduate of Memorial University’s Software Engineering program, he has been working in simulation design for over ten years and has a broad range of experience in simulator development. Mr. Tay was key in implementing Virtual Marine’s High Level Architecture simulator backbone and has worked to continuously improve the modularity and performance of Virtual Marine’s software systems.  He is fluent in several programming languages including C++ and Java and works with several image generation programs including; Presagis Vega Prime, Vega Prime Marine, Creator, and physics modeling programs that include NVIDIA PHYSX.  He has gained notable experience in project management of simulation software development programs and maintains Virtual Marine’s software development quality assurance and testing procedures.

Melinda Yetman is the Director of Administration and Quality Assurance with Virtual Marine.  She started with Virtual Marine in October 2007 and comes from an extensive background in the transportation industry with two large international shipping corporations, Eimskip and Maersk Line.  Her background with these corporations provided her with the qualifications in general office management, logistics, operations, customer service as well as financial support.  Melinda currently is responsible for maintenance of the Quality Management System under ISO 9001:2015 and Air Cargo Security Program certification.  She also provides Human Resources support, Executive Support, Security, Financial and Facilities Management, and serves as the  Corporate Secretary to the Board of Virtual Marine.

Robert Rumbolt is the Director of Operations in charge of a team of hardware engineers, technicians, and production personnel. Mr. Rumbolt is a graduate of Lakehead University’s Mechanical Engineering program, building upon a Diploma in Industrial Engineering Technology from the College of the North Atlantic. Robert has been working in simulation design, fabrication and accreditation for over 9 years. During that period, Robert has held official positions of Product Realization Engineer, Mechanical Engineer and Project Manager. Robert specializes in mechanical design and management of various projects, scaling from desktop part task training systems to fully enclosed motion enabled simulators.

Robert has managed more than 30 simulator build projects in 10 countries, deploying and integrating various simulators including; fast rescue craft, lifeboat, helicopter ditching, and bridge systems with focus on ice management training.

Overseeing these projects entailed leading multi disciplined teams consisting of software, mechanical and electrical engineers, simulator technicians, mathematical modelers, curriculum developers, and graphical artists. Robert focuses on streamlining and standardizing the processes involved in taking a concept to commercially ready product.

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Many regulators and approval bodies have recognized that training with a lifeboat simulator is at least equivalent to practice performed using launching a lifeboat into the harbour, with the additional benefit of being able to practice under rough sea conditions. As a consequence, training providers have been authorized to substitute simulation training for launch and maneuvering training using an actual lifeboat and davit system. The simulators used in the training programs must conform to the highest international standards and must be extensively tested prior to being used in training programs.

Lifeboat simulation training is fully compliant with most international standards for survival craft training including STCW, the MODU Code, flag and country.




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Word of mouth works to improve safety

What our customers are saying:

Rowan Drilling (Gulf of Mexico, USA)

The lifeboat simulator allows us to expose crew members to evacuation situations in extreme conditions. The simulator is an innovative tool that enables our industry to improve training x significantly

- Mike Lawson, Rowan Drilling

Prosafe (North Sea, UK)

Simulator training is more realistic than conventional training as it exposes coxswains to emergency evacuation scenarios. The lifeboat simulator allows the crew to develop “muscle memory” and to be more likely to perform well in an emergency situation.

- Capt. Mike Jubb, OIM, Prosafe

SSTL (Nova Scotia, Canada)

The availability of lifeboat simulator technology allows SSTL to offer training options previously considered impractical or unsafe in conventional training.

- Dan Latremouille, Operations Manager, SSTL
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