Kongsberg Maritime recently delivered a new rig simulator model at Simsea, based on the Floatel Superior accommodation unit, which is currently in operation in the North Sea. Developed as a part of the Kongsberg K-Sim Offshore simulators already installed at Simsea, the new customized model will be used to train semi-submersible rig personnel in advanced operation of Dynamic Positioning (DP), position mooring system (POSMOOR), stability/ballasting and rig move/anchoring.
Floatel International commissioned development of the simulator model to provide training for maritime rig personnel and to support its safety strategy. Simsea has already conducted courses for Floatel International and today the organization boasts significant experience of rig personnel training on Kongsberg Maritime’s simulators. The new Floatel Superior rig simulation model offers the opportunity to practice on leadership and decision making in emergency and abnormal situations including communication and teamwork, all of which are training fundamentals. K-Sim Offshore has been designed to provide highly realistic, task specific or full vessel training exercises, making it the ideal foundation for such a diverse training program.
“The new rig model in K-Sim Offshore represents a significant boost to training opportunities for maritime rig personnel in Norway and internationally,” said A. Rune Johansen, Managing Director, Simsea AS. “It is a strong training ground not only for personnel on the accommodation units but also in most other mobile rigs used in the oil & gas sector.”
Global Engine Room Simulation
Kongsberg Maritime secured a number of new Engine Room Simulator (ERS) contracts around the world in the last few months. The company will deliver the latest version of its ERS, K-Sim Engine, to a new Applied Technology Facility at the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT) in New Zealand. Set for delivery in June 2014, this will be the first Kongsberg Maritime ERS delivery to a customer in New Zealand.
In Africa, the Regional Maritime University (RMU) awarded Kongsberg Maritime a contract to deliver K-Sim Engine for its premises in Accra, Ghana. The Full Mission ERS, was due for delivery in May, and it will enable RMU to provide education according to STCW requirements. Demonstrating the flexibility of K-Sim Engine, four vessel models will be available on the simulator: Trawler, Ferry, Anchor Handling Tug and Supply vessel (AHTS) and a low speed VLCC.
In Europe, Kongsberg Maritime and Lycée Maritime Jacques Cassard in Nantes signed a contract for the delivery of K-Sim Engine. The delivery will consist of an instructor station and eight student stations, with two engine models: MAN B&W 5L90MC L11 (Very Large Crude Carrier) and K-Sim Engine MaK 8M32C M11 (Trawler). Lycée Maritime Jacques Cassard is the eighth of 12 French Regional Maritime Vocational Schools to use K-Sim Engine for highly realistic maritime engine room training courses.
(As published in the June 2014 edition of Maritime Reporter & Engineering News - http://magazines.marinelink.com/Magazines/MaritimeReporter)