Sonardyne delivers acoustic positioning simulator to Brazilian DPO training school. Equipment that simulates acoustic positioning operations on dynamically positioned (DP) rigs and ships, has been supplied by Sonardyne Brasil Ltda. to vessel control and automation company, GE Power Conversion for their new training school in Macaé. Read the rest of this entry
ARI Simulation is a global provider of simulation solutions across a broad range of industries, including marine, offshore, defence, naval, E&P and construction. It offers a range of simulator products for offshore drilling rigs, cranes, vessel handling, dynamic positioning systems, anchor handling, subsea support, ROVs and more. Shravan Rewari, Managing Director, ARI Simulation, talks about the company’s plans. Read the rest of this entry
The ground-breaking ‘Onboard Training System’ (OTS), developed by recently acquired Kongsberg Maritime company SMSC, won the prestigious Dynamic Positioning Award at the Offshore Support Journal Conference, Awards & Exhibition in London last week. The sophisticated system, which allows users to control a real vessel under DP, but within a simulated environment, was recognised by the award judges as a completely unique and positive new approach to Dynamic Positioning Operator (DPO) training.
With the OTS concept, the vessel is controlled in a normal manner by a deck officer on the bridge, either by the use of manual controls or by the use of Dynamic Positioning (DP). The vessel’s motion and position in the virtual world is calculated based on input from the vessel’s navigational aids (minimum GPS and Gyro) and shown on a dedicated screen. While the vessel is actually in safe, open waters, the virtual world can contain imaginary objects and installations (such as rigs, buoys, piers, etc.) shown on the screen. Using this setup, the DP operator can simulate approach to a platform or other installations, docking the ship at any port, navigating in narrow and constricted waters, and various other operations.
During training, the real DP system is live, so the vessel physically moves according to input, but the operator sees the results in the simulated visual scene. In this way, instructors can introduce any conditions or combination of targets, allowing them to create exercises that deliver real-life experience, with the flexibility to train on specific operations or areas of competence. The concept, which is already in use on several vessels, enables DPOs to understand how a vessel really responds to their commands, whilst interacting with virtual objects in a simulated environment, with the flexibility to introduce any tasks or conditions.
SMSC was nominated for the award by Simon Møkster Shipping, who co-developed this unique take on DP training and simulation to ensure high competence across its workforce. Nils A. Liaaen at Simon Møkster Shipping commented; “We place a great emphasis on safety onboard all of our ships, and we see the correlation between relevant training and improved skills of our personnel. We are particularly looking for three things; familiarisation with equipment and vessel, ‘flight time’ on DP, and practice on incidents like interruptions, system errors and so forth. We were keen to nominate SMSC for this award because the OTS meets these requirements with a very unique approach.”
Knut Jarle Lysklett, Project Manager OTS, SMSC added: “The OTS was up against strong competition on the shortlist so we are delighted to have been selected as the winner. The award reflects the depths of our collaboration with our existing clients; Simon Møkster Shipping, Solstad Shipping, Siem Offshore and GDF SUEZ, and the technical expertise of the SMSC team. As a new member of the Kongsberg Maritime family, we are looking forward to developing the OTS even further and contributing to the world-leading K-Sim simulator portfolio with new and unique solutions for offshore vessel training.”
The Annual Offshore Support Journal Awards, taking place on the evening of February 3rd 2016, is one of the most anticipated events in the offshore support calendar. Each year more than 500 attendees from all sectors of the offshore business gather in London to celebrate the industry’s best performances from the past year. The Dynamic Positioning Award is “awarded to the developer of an innovative product or DP system, or contractor responsible for an especially innovative application of DP on a project.” The winner is voted for by the readers of Offshore Support Journal through internet-based reconciliation ahead of the conference. Nearly 100,000 votes were cast across the award categories in total.
Tidewater Marine uses simulation equipment on its offshore support vessels to provide officers with ongoing training and familiarisation. It uses simulators to improve the competence of bridge crews, especially dynamic positioning (DP) operators, said Tidewater Marine manager for quality, health, safety and the environment in Asia, Roy Gillespie. Read the rest of this entry
Qatar-based Halul Offshore Services (Halul) has procured an offshore support vessel ship handling simulator from VSTEP
Halul claimed that it is the first facility of its kind in Qatar. Vivek Seth, Halul’s CEO, said, “This simulator will significantly add to our crew’s ship handling skills, and help them become better prepared for their next assignment on board our fleet of over 40 vessels.”
Providing some detail about the various simulations that the system can provide, Seth added, “With this simulator, we can create scenarios for towing operations like rig moves, berthing, unberthing, and tanker assist operations offshore. The simulator has an option to programme for both azimuth and conventional driven vessels. We also have a dynamic positioning system integrated with the simulator.”
Along with the addition of the simulator training, Halul will continue to provide other forms of on-board training, such as safety drills, mooring, unmooring and dynamic positioning system familiarisation, to its crew.
In early November, Halul had contracted India-based L&T Shipbuilding to design, build, and commission two platform supply vessels (PSVs) and two anchor handling, towing, supply and support vessels (AHTSSVs). The PSVs will be equipped for firefighting, rescue and standby, offshore supply, oil recovery and related duties, with diesel-electric propulsion and DP-2 capability. The AHTSSVs, each with a bollard pull of 90 mt, will be equipped for emergency response and rescue, offshore supply, oil recovery, standby and other tasks. They will feature diesel-hybrid propulsion and DP-2 capability.
VSTEP is a company based in The Netherlands that creates simulators for various product lines, including maritime training solutions for industrial, civilian and military purposes.
Halul Offshore Services has procured an offshore support vessel ship handling simulator from VSTEP, claimed to be the first facility of its type in Qatar. Read the rest of this entry
Make no mistake, the commercial maritime industry will always revolve around heavy duty machinery and mega-machines designed to weather some of the toughest operating conditions on earth. But in recent years a proliferation of Software Solutions has evolved to help the machines operate more efficiently and cost effectively. MR editors report on latest developments in maritime specific Software Solutions.
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Maritime simulator developer VSTEP has received DNV-GL accreditation for their recently introduced new generation of GMDSS Simulators. This certification is the latest addition to VSTEP’s range of DNV-GL certified NAUTIS maritime simulators as its GMDSS, Dynamic Positioning, Tug and Class A FMB simulators are now all fully DNV-GL certified for training in accordance with STCW and IMO requirements. Read the rest of this entry
DNV GL has certified three test centres for its dynamic positioning (DP) certification scheme that it created as a rival to the Nautical Institute (NI) programme. The classification society’s SeaSkill division has certified the Ship Modelling and Simulation Centre (SMSC) in Trondheim, the Simsea centre in Haugesund and Kongsberg Maritime’s test centre, all in Norway, to hand out DP tickets to qualified operators. Read the rest of this entry
Kongsberg Maritime’s training center in Houston, Texas has become the first maritime training facility in North America to offer the Nautical Institute-accredited Sea Time Reduction Course for dynamic positioning operators (DPO). Kongsberg Maritime already offers the course at its training facility in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The course reduces the time spent at sea required to achieve the Nautical Institute’s DPO certification by up to six weeks, through more focus on realistic simulation exercises on a Kongsberg Maritime full-mission K-Sim DP simulator. Read the rest of this entry