Topmast is barely a year since operating September 25 on the 2016 National Day of the Seafarer. Yet, this trader has bagged a major client — the New Simulator Center of the Philippines (Newsim), pre-eminent maritime training center in the country.

Topmast started with life-saving equipment and other maritime supplies, then accredited as exclusive Philippine distributor for Image Soft Oy, a leading maritime software developer company from Finland.

Chairman and CEO Joel Espineli of Topmast is excited on the positive and pivotal decision of a lead buyer which also opens more opportunities in the Philippine market.

Mr. Espineli has reasons as Newsim procured its first Image Soft system, a Full-Mission Bridge Simulator with four Mini-Bridges for their Makati training facility. Newsim orders another set for their Iloilo training facility which at present is still under construction. Newsim’s Capt. Ramil Limocon himself journeyed to Finland, convinced on the efficiency and technical capabilities of the equipment.

Other maritime schools and training centers appear elated on the Newsim decision to patronize Topmast’s Image Soft being technically advanced, reasonably priced and more user-friendly.

Added bonus is the excellent after-sales service from the Topmast Team! They provide free technical support and consultations, with very quick response time since their technical support is based locally.

The team.

To meet Image Soft’s financial requirements, the former group of Ms. Tin Gazo, GM and Chief Marketing Officer; Mr. Jeramel “Bong” Burgos, Technical Manager; Mr. JR Dequina, Chief Technical Officer, tapped and invited Mr. Espineli to be part of a new team that will represent Image Soft Oy to the Philippines. Mr. Espineli came in as a major investor to the company and now sits as Chairman & CEO to Topmast Incorporate

Espineli is a seasoned businessman. He has been in the service business and consulting practice for over two decades, and most of these years were dedicated to the environmental and services sector, to include wastewater treatment, construction and waste management.


Espineli admits he is still learning the ropes in the maritime industry. But he is certain he could contribute to the industry by promoting a very good product such as Image Soft. Having a strong background in engineering from the Mapua Institute of Technology, he can tell that the Image Soft system is very reliable. The primary feature that will make Image Soft standout is software security. It is tightly safeguarded from being cloned or pirated.

In 2016, the Philippine Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) issued STCW Advisory No. 2016-26 which promotes the Authority’s strict adherence to the Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines, banning the use of unlicensed, cloned, imitations or pirated simulators and computer based training and other similar equipment. Espineli is surprised to know that even in the very strict and disciplined industry as the maritime and seafaring sector in the Philippines, these issues have become a concern. He is pleased to announce that with Image Soft’s Maritime Vessel Simulators, the training centers and maritime schools can be assured that what they will get is a very secured and safe system.

Image Soft.

This is because Image Soft Maritime Training Simulators create sophisticated, high quality training environments for DNV GL certified maritime training. The product portfolio consists of Full Mission Bridge Simulators, ECDIS, ARPA Radar, Sonar and GMDSS Simulators.

Furthermore, IS Full Mission Bridge Simulator for Arctic Training is the leading solution for maneuvering simulated vessels on ice. Being highly realistic, intuitive, easy to use, open and scalable, Image Soft simulators are ideal for maritime training.

Image Soft has delivered maritime simulator systems to academies in Europe and Asia since 2008 backed by highly-skilled team of experts dedicated to serve.


Technical Manager Burgos is proud of Image Soft’s Arctic Navigation on its realism. Open water and Arctic simulators are two separate configurations. Yet for Soft Image, the Arctic Navigation is just add-on, allowing simulcast on one system. Image Soft configured the three visuals running on one computer — unlike other brands defaulted to one-on-one operations which demand more computers raising expenses.

Image Soft Full Mission Bridge Simulator for Arctic Operations is the leading and most realistic solution for training navigation and ship handling on polar waters.

Designed by Finnish experts on different ice scenarios, the key features are:

  • Modelling – high-quality representation of the vessel and its technical equipment
  • Equipment – realistic features/reactions in navigation and other control systems
  • Flexibility – modification according to new ship types and new control systems
  • Visualization of surroundings – realistic visual and radar representation of archipelago, confined and shallow fairway and ice conditions
  • Ice and vessel – dynamic calculation of the ice sheet and its interactions
  • Scaling potential – system expansion/up-scaling suitable for e.g. basic training.

Aker Arctic.

A Topmast and Image Soft resource, Aker Artic Technology is an independent company in development, design, engineering, consulting and testing services for ice-going vessels, icebreakers, offshore marine structures, marine transport solutions and ports. It has experienced, highly qualified and innovative personnel with specialized arctic know-how, as well as innovative, cost-effective and reliable solutions for Arctic development projects.

Aker Artic operates a special test facility in Helsinki. Combined with the experience and the world’s largest Arctic reference for icebreakers means it brings reliable solutions to customers, always seeking new technologies and working with partners to turn them into successes.

Its references include 60% of all the world’s icebreakers, many Arctic or Antarctic research vessels, and a large variety of cargo vessels and concepts for offshore structures. It has done hundreds of scale model and full-size tests, produced hundreds of reports and studies of operating and transporting goods from the Arctic environment to challenging locations.

Image Soft CEO Matti Suuronen and his partner from Aker Arctic Technology, with Topmast Incorporated CEO Mr. Joel Espineli, are all attending the CrewConnect Global Conference where they will showcase their IS Full-Mission Bridge Simulator with Ice Navigation for all the participants to witness and try for themselves. They will be in Booth No. 11.

Topmast office and showroom are in Unit 307 3F Coko Building, Patio Madrigal Compound, 2550 Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City, Metro Manila.