The official opening of the Transas full mission bridge simulator in the took place recently. Installed at the North Cape Maritime School (NMS) overlooking the town of , the 15mil. Nok project has been 18 months in the making. Since awarding the public tender in September 2006 to Transas, the has worked closely with the company’s simulation division to take the project from concept to completion. The team of engineers and designers has worked with the maritime school and delivered what is acknowledged by Transas as the most advanced simulation and training solution the company has installed to date.
The simulator, which is designed to conform to DNV class A, consists of a single main bridge with seven projectors, each with wide angle lenses, projecting onto a horizontal screen of 240 degrees. There is also an additional bridge built for training tasks and dynamic positioning. Almost all the equipment included in the project is the same as that supplied to real vessels, and the layout of the bridges exactly replicates this environment. Transas has supplied their world renowned onboard Integrated Navigation System (INS) consisting of their own ECDIS, Conning and Radar systems.
A special Crisis Resource Management Simulator, integrated into the bridge simulators, allows training of onboard and shore-based personnel to assist with the managing of environmental incidents such as oil spills, rescue operations and evacuations. The simulator will also provide training for extreme arctic conditions and for the increasing amount of oil-related operations in the .