Dutch training facility is host to wide range of marine and offshore simulators


Simwave BV and Kongsberg Digital have completed a site acceptance test for one of the largest, most advanced maritime simulation suites ever delivered

Having completed all relevant tests by mid-January 2018, a new training facility capable of serving the offshore and marine industries has opened at the Simwave Maritime Centre of Excellence in Barendrecht, Rotterdam.

Apart from no less than eight K-Pos DP Basic dynamic positioning simulators, the facility also has a K-Sim Offshore simulator with Kongberg K-Pos DP2 NI Class A and 360 degree field-of-view unit configured for tug and support vessel training.

The successful acceptance test, which took place on 19 January 2018, means that the new Simwave Maritime Centre of Excellence in Barendrecht is now fully operational. 

As the sole simulation technology partner in the development of the unique Simwave facility, Kongsberg Digital delivered the full scope of work in accordance with the contract awarded in April 2017, which represented one of its most extensive deliveries to date. Following the site acceptance test, all technical aspects of the delivery, a unique new floor projection system and a complete integrated engineroom are performing above expectations.

Simwave’s training facility covers more than 5,000 m2 across two floors containing Kongsberg simulators, meeting rooms, offices and welfare facilities. 

In addition to the simulation equipment mentioned above, Kongsberg Digital’s scope of supply for the Simwave facility covers multiple full-mission and part-task simulators for ship’s bridge and engineroom operations, based on the latest simulator technology platforms. The contract also includes a five-year long-term system support programme (LTSSP), which guarantees dedicated support and access to technology updates in addition to a planned mid-life upgrade at the end of the LTSSP. 

“The partnership between Kongsberg Digital and Simwave brings possibilities for further development and allows Simwave to meet its full potential as the training centre of choice for the maritime industry,” said Kongsberg Digital’s senior vice president, maritime simulation, Tone-Merete Hansen.

“We are delighted to have completed installation of one of our largest integrated simulator deliveries ever in such a short timeframe due to dedicated and good co-operation between us and Simwave. We are looking forward to continuing our co-operation with Simwave in Rotterdam and at new Simwave facilities planned for in the future.”

In addition to the equipment mentioned above, the full scope of supply for the Simwave delivery includes the following:

  • One K-Sim Navigation full mission bridge simulator to DNV GL Class A with 360 degree field-of-view and floor projector configuration.
  • Two K-Sim Navigation full mission bridge simulators with 180 degree field-of-view.
  • Eight K-Sim Navigation part-task simulators for navigation proficiency.
  • One K-Sim Navigation full mission inland waterway bridge simulator with 240 degree field-of-view. 
  • One K-Sim Navigation inland waterway bridge simulator with 60 degree field-of-view.
  • One K-Sim Engine full mission engineroom simulator with unique 3D wall projection
  • One K-Sim Engine high voltage breaker interfaced to DE22-III and DEDF 21 LNG carrier.
  • Eight K-Sim Engine desktop engineroom simulators.
  • Eight K-Sim Cargo simulators.
  • 12 GMDSS desktop simulators.
  • Eight K-Pos DP Basic dynamic positioning simulators.
  • One K-Sim exercise area modelling tool.
  • One K-Sim HDMT ship modelling tool.
  • Train the trainer programmes.

The next step in the Simwave project is to develop a hotel facility on the top floor of the building for customers and trainees, enabling training to take place 24 hours per day, seven days a week, which is an ability that Simwave believes will be a key differentiator in its approach to maritime training. The on-site hotel in Rotterdam is due to be completed in Q2 2018.

RGU launches world-first decommissioning simulator

Aberdeen’s Robert Gordon University (RGU) has launched a simulator to service the growing decommissioning sector and activity in the UK and other parts of the world.

The simulator was built by RGU in collaboration with funding partners The Oil & Gas Technology Centre and KCA Deutag and Drilling Systems, with technical support from Baker Hughes, a GE company, and will focus on well plugging and abandonment (P&A).

P&A is an area that is forecast to cost the UK more than £8Bn (US$10.8Bn) over the next decade, with around 2,500 wells expected to be decommissioned across the UK, Danish, Dutch and Norwegian Continental Shelves.

The simulator can support both oil and gas operators and service companies with the planning and preparation for well P&A, in a similar way pilots get trained and tested on flight simulators. The partners in the project believe it has the potential to significantly enhance safety, improve efficiency and reduce costs associated with decommissioning oil and gas wells. RGU’s partnership with The Oil & Gas Technology Centre will also create new opportunities to develop and test technologies, accelerating new solutions in collaboration with the industry and technology providers.

RGU’s Oil and Gas Institute’s director Professor Paul de Leeuw believes the development of this unique decommissioning simulator will have numerous benefits for the industry. “By providing this facility at RGU to simulate well decommissioning, we will ultimately be able to enhance safety and reduce the cost of well P&A,” he said.

“Operators and drilling contractors will be able to use the simulator to develop the technical and non-technical skills and capabilities of their rig crews for decommissioning wells, while improving team performance. Students will also benefit from training and development on the simulator.”

The Underwater Centre supports sub rescue system

Best known for its role training commercial divers, The Underwater Centre at Fort William in Scotland recently delivered two bespoke remotely operated vehicle (ROV) and hyperbaric system acquaintance training courses as well as providing 19 days of operational support to JFD, part of James Fisher and Sons plc, as part of their training delivery to one of the world’s largest navies.

Training delivery began with The Underwater Centre’s specialist diving team creating and delivering a theoretical and practical four-day hyperbaric system acquaintance course to 12 delegates covering topics such as hyperbaric systems, chamber control and procedures, gas handling and analysers, plus an overview of decompression tables. Delegates also received practical experience of The Underwater Centre’s barge-based saturation system, diving bell, transfer lock and main chamber.

For the practical training, JFD teamed up with U-Boat Worx with the provision of their SYS3.21 three-person submersible, allowing the delegates to become familiar with submersible operations. JFD also used a range of The Underwater Centre’s facilities to store and mobilise the submersible, as well as deliver the training, including 30-tonne crane, mechanical workshop, classrooms, FRC, workboat fitted with a crane and flat-bed truck.

A theory and vessel-based bespoke two-day ROV acquaintance course was also created and delivered, incorporating The Underwater Centre’s onshore workshop, work-class ROV (WROV) VMAX simulator and vessel-based operational WROV and launch and recovery system. Delegates received a range of informative lectures around ROV systems, standard operational procedures including pre-dive checks and LARS procedures. The bespoke course concluded with practical learning on board The Underwater Centre’s dedicated WROV vessel where LARS operations and procedures were practised.