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Norway’s USN to Upgrade Its Maritime Simulators

The simulator upgrade at the University College of Southeast Norway will support a wider course offering and new R&D projects (Photo: Kongsberg)

The University College of Southeast Norway (USN) has contracted Kongsberg Digital to deliver a major upgrade of its maritime simulator park. The contract, signed on March 16, 2017, includes five new K-Sim ship’s bridge simulators to be delivered during Autumn 2017 in addition to a Long Term Simulator Support Programme (LTSSP), which provides dedicated support services in addition to updates to the latest KONGSBERG simulator software developments. The contract will result in an upgrade to the existing simulator park…

Kongsberg to support RAN Bridge Simulator Expansion

Maritime Warfare Officers of the Royal Australian Navy at HMAS Watson, Sydney Australia will soon be trained on upgraded K-Sim Polaris ship’s bridge simulators, made possible by a beneficial support contract between KONGSBERG and RAN. Credit ABIS Alan Lancaster. Copyright Commonwealth of Australia

The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) is expanding its maritime simulator facility at HMAS Watson, Sydney with the addition of new KONGSBERG ship-handling and navigation simulators and the integration of a new visual display system for its existing bridge simulator. The expansion has been established under the current support contract between KONGSBERG and RAN, in order to provide capacity to meet current and increasing demands for training. Kongsberg Digital, the new KONGSBERG Group division dedicated to delivering next generation software and digital solutions…

Transas Hellas Selected by COSMOS Training Center

Cosmos Nautical Training Center

Transas Hellas and COSMOS Nautical Training Center (Greece) has signed an agreement for supply and installation of Dynamic Positioning simulators. Under the contract, COSMOS NTC, Transas Global ECDIS Training Network (GET-Net) Partner, will gain  Transas Class B and Class C DP simulators. The simulators will expand the existing Transas Full Mission Bridge and the Mini Bridge Simulators, which will be upgraded to the latest Navi-Trainer Professional 5000 software. Adding a DP2 station with MT controls will make it possible to use the Full Mission Bridge as a DP simulator Class B.

AMC Purchases Bridge Simulator

Photo courtesy of AMC

Indonesian Maritime School purchases DNV certified class A Full Mission Bridge Simulator to enhance its training curriculum. VSTEP will deliver and install a NAUTIS DNV Class A Full Mission Bridge Simulator at the Maritime Academy of Cirebon in Indonesia. The new simulator will be used to provide certified maritime training and education in accordance with the latest international standards. The Full Mission Bridge simulator is compliant with the Class A DNV Standards for Certification No.

ECDIS Ltd Install VSTEP NAUTIS

The Full Mission Bridge Simulator

UK based ECDIS training and consultancy company ECDIS Ltd unveiled a VSTEP NAUTIS full mission bridge simulator with a 315° viewing capability. It is to primarily be used for Bridge Team training but has been fitted with 4 different ECDIS systems all integrated with the NAUTIS software. The Simulator was opened last month by MP George Hollingbery in Southampton. The Bridge Simulator is to accompany the six smaller NAUTIS simulators already used for visual channels during the IMO 1.27 Model ECDIS Course.

RTM STAR Center Upgrades Full Mission Bridge Simulator

RTM STAR (Simulation, Training, Assessment and Research) Center has announced the upgrade and modernization of their 247 degree “field-of-view” Full Mission Bridge Simulator. The simulator is located at STAR Center’s Dania Beach, Fla., facility and is based on a design by Kongsberg Maritime Ship Systems Inc. (KMSS). Following the successful upgrade of STAR Center’s 360 bridge with the Litton Sperry 2100 Integrated Bridge System in 1999, STAR Center is proud to announce the upgrade of its other Full Mission Bridge Simulator. The 247° Full Mission Bridge Simulator has been upgraded with KMSS equipment and features the capability to simulate Azipod® equipped vessels in addition to other traditional propulsion systems.

RTM STAR Center Upgrades Full Mission Bridge Simulator

RTM STAR (Simulation, Training, Assessment and Research) Center has announced the upgrade and modernization of its 247-degree “field-of-view” Full Mission Bridge Simulator. The simulator is located at STAR Center’s Dania Beach, Fla., facility and is based on a design by Kongsberg Maritime Ship Systems Inc. (KMSS). Following the successful upgrade of STAR Center’s 360 bridge with the Litton Sperry 2100 Integrated Bridge System in 1999, STAR Center is proud to announce the upgrade of its other Full Mission Bridge Simulator. The 247° Full Mission Bridge Simulator has been upgraded with KMSS equipment and features the capability to simulate Azipod equipped vessels in addition to other traditional propulsion systems.

Danish Navy Awards Konsberg with Simulator Contract

Substantial simulator delivery with significant expansion options included. The Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organization (DALO), acting on behalf of three naval training centres in Denmark, has chosen Kongsberg Maritime to supply sophisticated new bridge simulation facilities. The contract, which was signed in Ballerup, Denmark on 14th December 2011, was awarded to Kongsberg Maritime as part of a public tender issued to support the Royal Danish Navy’s training capabilities through advanced simulation technology.

Tromsø Maritime School Chooses Kongsberg Maritime

Tromsø Maritime School has selected Kongsberg Maritime to provide Polaris simulators for navigation and Dynamic Positioning training. The established Northern Norway training facility has ordered an extensive suite of new simulators following an open tender that saw leading simulator developer Kongsberg Maritime come out on top in terms of the proposed technical solution, customer service program and customer references. The scope of supply, which has been designed to enable Tromsø Maritime School to meet strict new Nautical Institute guidelines for Dynamic Positioning operator training and certification, includes a Polaris ship’s bridge simulator (DNV class B)…

Houston Pilots, San Jacinto College Provide Bridge Simulator Training

A bridge simulator for mariner training

San Jacinto College will acquire three interactive bridge simulators for professional mariner training thanks to a collaborative agreement with the Houston Pilots. The simulators, valued at approximately $1.5 million, are room-sized replicas of ship control bridges, each with a 270-degree view and life-like graphics displayed on multiple 65-inch monitors. They will come complete with instructor stations, debrief classrooms and development stations. "Everyone benefits from these simulators and maritime training; in turn, making the ship channel safer for marine navigation," said Capt.

Avante Expands VSTEP Simulator

Following the installation of a VSTEP desktop trainer classroom last year, the Avante Escuela de la Marina Mercante in Colombia has now purchased a Class A Full Mission Bridge Simulator to further expand its simulator training capacity. The follow-up order for an additional VSTEP NAUTIS Class A Full Mission Bridge simulator was placed following the delivery of a desktop trainer classroom at the Avante Maritime School and the overwhelmingly positive feedback by students and instructors about the ease of use and high quality training possibilities of these desktop trainers.

TU Varna Opens Maritime Simulator Wing

Photo courtesy of VStep

New simulator wing features DNV certified VSTEP Dynamic Positioning and Full Mission Bridge Simulators and type approved ECDIS classroom. The simulation center of the Technical University of Varna officially opened its new simulation wing on May 21, 2015, following the opening of its simulation center in 2012. All the simulators in the TU Varna training center are delivered and installed by VSTEP. The new wing features a NAUTIS Class B DP Simulator as well as a NAUTIS class A Full Mission Bridge Simulator and a new ECDIS Simulator classroom.

NAUTIS Simulators Introduce Interface to PC Maritime ECDIS

VSTEP and PC Maritime have jointly developed a software interface which they say makes high quality, yet affordable ECDIS and radar training possible. Following its radar video interface with the Kelvin Hughes and MARIS ECDIS, VSTEP’s NAUTIS bridge simulators now also connect to PC Maritime’s Navmaster ECDIS to provide training colleges with a DNV-approved generic ECDIS training installation. The VSTEP/PC Maritime bridge simulators can be provided as software only to run on standard PCs, or with hardware consoles up to Full Mission Bridge Simulators. The range is designed for nautical colleges and company training centers in compliance with the latest STCW requirements.

Sea School Unveils New NAUTIS Bridge Simulator

Sea School Mobile, part of Ocean and Coastwise Educational Services Inc. family,  located in Bayou La Batre, Ala. has just acquired a NAUTIS  Full Mission Bridge Simulator and Instructor Station to enhance the training curriculum for its maritime students. The NAUTIS simulator is being installed by VSTEP and its U.S partner, Annapolis Simulation. Sea School’s new DNV Class B certified NAUTIS Full-Mission Bridge Simulator features a 180° external view angle, which exceeds the minimum 120° exterior view angle required for DNV Class B simulators.

Port of London Bridge Simulator Upgraded

Photo: PLA

The Port of London Authority (PLA) has invested £250,000 to upgrade its ship’s bridge simulator, adding a full tug bridge simulator in a move that is set to enable a boost in port trade and helps terminals verify their expansion plans. The Thames is the U.K.’s busiest waterway, handling more than 45 million metric tons of cargo a year. For over a decade the bridge simulator has been an essential tool for training the PLA pilots who guide ships to and from their berths on the Thames.

Indonesian Center Installs Kongsberg Simulators

Kongsberg Maritime has completed the delivery and installation of a suite of new bridge simulators for Indonesia’s Ministry of Transportation. The new simulators at the Ministry of Transportation’s Maritime Training Centre, located at its headquarters in Jakarta, will be used for the assessment of Indonesian seafarers applying for seagoing certification, for local and international operations. KONGSBERG simulators will support the Ministry of Transportation to significantly reduce the time taken and the tools required to assess Indonesian seafarers. This is especially important in today’s context, as assessments for the certifications have become more stringent.

Royal Australian Navy Opens KONGSBERG Simulator Training In Sydney

Photo credit: ABIS Alan Lancaster, Copyright: Commonwealth of Australia

Warship handling and anti-piracy training capabilities boost for RAN. The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) opened its recently upgraded ship's bridge simulator training facility at HMAS Watson in Sydney on 25th March 2011. Featuring a host of new full mission and desktop simulators from Kongsberg Maritime, the new facility represents one of the most advanced naval training centres in the world and will be used by RAN cadets to learn to pilot the next generation of warships, alongside a wide range of critical training applications, including anti-piracy.

ECDIS Ltd. Unveils Vstep Nautis Bridge Simulator

ECDIS Ltd unveil Vstep Nautis Full Mission Bridge Simulator primarily for Bridge Team training but fitted with 4 ECDIS systems. UK based ECDIS training and consultancy company ECDIS Ltd unveiled the simulator at the opening of the facility by MP George Hollingbery in Southampton. The Bridge Simulator is to accompany the six smaller NAUTIS simulators already used for visual channels during the IMO 1.27 Model ECDIS Course. VSTEP are world renowned for their simulator software and have the capability of integrating their system with most ECDIS manufactures using standard NMEA strings as found onboard any vessel. The Bridge Simulator has been setup with two Radars and four ECDIS systems including OSI, Kelvin Hughes, JRC and Transas which are all full integrated.

Nigeria Maritime Academy Gets Bridge Simulator

Photo courtesy NAUTIS

A NAUTIS Full Mission Bridge Simulator was purchased and delivered to the Maritime Academy of Nigeria in Oron. The new simulator will be used to provide qualitative education and training for the merchant Navy and maritime industry in full accordance with international standards. The Full Mission Bridge Simulator was delivered and installed by VSTEP at the Maritime Academy of Nigeria faculty in Oron. The DNV class B certified simulator includes a GMDSS and Radio Communications simulator and was installed with a 120° external field of view and NAUTIS Instructor station.

Transas Supplies Full Mission Shiphandling Simulator To Croatia

Transas has supplied a full-mission bridge simulator, Navi-Trainer Professional 3000, to the training center of Split Ship Management, Croatia, to be officially opened on March 1, 2001. This will be the most advanced simulator training facility of its type in the country. The focus of the new simulator will be the Main Bridge, which will be provided with seven visual channels permitting a 210-degree panoramic view. Other bridge equipment will consist of a maneuvering console with a conning display station and overhead panel; two ARPA/ radar stations; and an ECDIS (Electronic Chart Display and Information System) console. Also provided…

Kongsberg to Upgrade Dutch Maritime Training Facility

Kongsberg Maritime will install simulators for brand new training facility in Delfzil.

Kongsberg Maritime has won the competitive tender to conduct an upgrade and extension of the simulation facility at Noorderpoort Eemsdollard – Energy & Maritime in Delfzil, The Netherlands. The contract includes upgrade of the Kongsberg Maritime simulators installed at Noorderpoort Eemsdollard’s Abel Tasman College in 2006, which have now been moved to a brand new training facility in Delfzil. Starting autumn 2013, Kongsberg Maritime will deliver an extensive upgrade of the school’s ship’s bridge and engine room training capabilities…

VSTEP Wins Mexican Navy Simulator Contract

Image: VSTEP

The Mexican Navy selected VSTEP to supply a Class A NAUTIS Full Mission Bridge (FMB) Simulator and 24 NAUTIS desktop trainer stations for the Naval Academy in Veracruz. The simulators will be installed at the new simulator training wing of the Heroica Escuela Naval Militar set to open in Q4 2014. The Heroica Escuela Naval Militar is the school where future officers are trained for the General Corps of the Mexican Navy. In line with the expansion of the school’s training facilities, a new simulator wing is currently under construction.

Jeppesen Marine Supports ECDIS Training

Jeppesen Marine is contributing to the training of the next generation of seafarers in electronic navigational charts and ECDIS by supplying systems and data to one of Norway’s maritime training institutions, Bergen Maritime Technical School. In addition to the C-MAP Professional vector database and ENCs that Jeppesen Marine already supplies for the school’s bridge simulators, the company will now supply 50+ C-MAP OceanView systems for route planning in an office environment. “I got the idea from the Norwegian Coastal Administration,” said Kåre A. Johnsen, the school’s navigation and bridge simulation instructor. “They decided to equip all pilots with laptop computers and electronic chart systems after the Rocknes accident.

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