Rotterdam, 22 August 2022 – In December 2021, VSTEP won a contract by Fidena, the Mexican education authority. VSTEP and our local partner, Pranatec, upgraded Fidena’s existing simulators to the latest version of the NAUTIS software. The installation at the first two locations was successful and fully accepted by the customer. 

In 2014, VSTEP was awarded the contract to install brand new NAUTIS simulators at three locations: Veracruz, Tampico and Mazatlán. The Fidena schools, now managed by the Mexican Navy, used NAUTIS simulators for over seven years. During this time, NAUTIS simulators have never impeded or limited their training.

Satisfied with the performance and capabilities of the NAUTIS simulator, Fidena decided to move forward with VSTEP. They intend to upgrade their simulators with the latest software version including new radars and ECDIS systems. The complete scope ranges from NAUTIS Class A simulators with projection screens to NAUTIS Tug simulators for each location.

I am grateful that we got the chance to upgrade the Fidena locations with our latest software! Investing in relationships and making sure that our customers’ learning objectives are reached are the key for VSTEP. With Pranatec as our local partner, we continue keeping a strong foot in the Mexican market and providing a high level service.”  

Fabian van den Berg, CEO VSTEP Simulation

In 2014, it was one of the largest contracts won by VSTEP. With over 500 simulators delivered worldwide since then, VSTEP has made significant steps as in the maritime simulation domain. This resulted in continuous optimization of the user- and true-to-life experience of the simulation software.


VSTEP creates innovative simulation software for professional organizations worldwide. We are a team of 60 explorers who are always up for challenges. We are not constrained by standards and are flexible in our approach to fulfilling the mission: enable learning by simulation.

We are all dedicated to the same vision: ensure that at least one-third of the maritime industry has obtained their skills through our simulation technology. Hence, we strive to make a great contribution to creating a more sustainable world. We invest in continuous R&D of our software and work passionately as a team to get there.

About Fidena

The history of Nautical Education in Mexico is very extensive. One of the pioneering initiatives was establishing the first Nautical School for the Merchant Navy in Isla del Carmen (Campeche) in 1822 by the Presidential Provision. It became the precedent for recognizing the importance of these studies in Mexico.

Currently the National Nautical Education System (SNEN) consists of a network of schools that offer high-level maritime education. They are committed to the excellence of their students. Hence, they track students’ improvements and efficiently manage resources to guarantee seafarers comprehensive training. With the skills that seafarers will acquire, they would be able smoothly transition into the labour market and contribute to the safe, secure and sustainable maritime transport.

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