Kongsberg Maritime Launches K-Sim Navigation


K-Sim Navigation features an advanced physical engine and state-of-the-art hydrodynamic modelling.

K-Sim Navigation features an advanced physical engine and state-of-the-art hydrodynamic modelling.

Kongsberg Maritime has unveiled its latest generation ship’s bridge simulator, K-Sim Navigation, which meets the requirements of the most demanding navigation training for merchant, offshore and naval vessels. Designed for the future of advanced and integrated simulation training, K-Sim Navigation is based on a new cutting-edge technology platform enabling more realistic training scenarios and enhanced user benefits for both instructors and students.

K-Sim Navigation features an advanced physical engine and state-of-the-art hydrodynamic modelling, allowing vessels, objects and equipment to behave and interact as in real life. To enhance the realism further, a sophisticated new visual system is included, bringing vessels and objects in all possible weather conditions to life.

The result of these improvements is, according to Terje Heierstad, Global Product Manager, Kongsberg Maritime Simulation: “A fully immersive and optimum quality simulation experience. It’s a step change in maritime simulation. The shipping sector doesn’t stand still, and neither do we. Using our 40 years of simulation experience, it was our goal to take ship’s bridge simulation to the next level.”

K-Sim Navigation has been developed with the user experience firmly in focus. In addition to the realistic environment for students, instructors benefit from an award winning* instructor system designed to facilitate ease of use. It features an intuitive and modern educational tool utilising a modified ECDIS chart as a starting point with drag & drop function for creating exercises. The instructor system also includes automatic recording and an advanced assessment system for ensuring optimal training and feedback standards.

“Instructors are perhaps the key link in the training value chain, so we wanted to give them the ability to create the most advanced training scenarios, with the utmost efficiency and ease,” explains Heierstad. “Flexibility is also crucial, giving instructors the capacity to adjust exercise parameters before and during simulations to provide the best quality training for every individual student.”

K-Sim Navigation’s flexibility extends to hardware, with a fully scalable range of options available – from a PC based desktop system, through to a full mission bridge simulator. The system, built on the same core technology platform as the market leading K-Sim Offshore simulator, can easily be integrated with other Kongsberg Maritime simulators (including crane, offshore, engine, cargo, ballast and DP) to enable a comprehensive range of training scenarios.

Already approved to DNV GL Class-A standards, K-Sim Navigation allows maritime schools and academies to extend their available portfolio of courses, while in addition, providing them with the controlled environment necessary for undertaking valuable research projects.

“We believe that the new functionality and realism we have developed for K-Sim Navigation is an essential building block for enhancing sea skills and thus providing safe, secure and reliable vessel handling. Which, at the end of the day, is what maritime simulation is all about,” concludes Heierstad.

Australian Army Buys Maritime Simulator


Members of the Australian Defense Force training at one of the 12 NAUTIS desktop stations at the Townsville base

Members of the Australian Defense Force training at one of the 12 NAUTIS desktop stations at the Townsville base

The maritime wing of the Australian Army purchased and installed a VSTEP simulator classroom for landing craft operations and navigation training at its Townsville base in Queensland.

According to VSTEP, the simulator purchase was made following an enquiry from the Australian Defense Force (ADF) and Bohemia Interactive Simulations, a global software company providing simulation training solutions for military and civilian organizations. As a developer of certified maritime simulators, VSTEP was approached by the ADF to supply an advanced maritime simulator classroom for the Australian Army at the Townsville base.

The maritime simulator classroom delivered by VSTEP includes 12 NAUTIS Desktop Trainers and 2 NAUTIS Instructor Stations. The simulators use the NAUTIS Naval Task Force software module, a training module specifically designed to meet the training requirements of the military. NAUTIS Naval Task Force includes tactical communications, landing craft operations, replenishment at sea and antipiracy training.

To maximize familiarization during training, VSTEP has also modeled and integrated the Townsville base and surrounding waterways into the NAUTIS simulators.

The Australian Army contract is the latest in a row of military simulator contracts for VSTEP. Earlier this year, VSTEP won the contract to provide maritime simulators to the Mexican Navy.

Transas Simulators for Wallem Training Centre


Three Transas training simulators have been unveiled at the Wallem Maritime Training Centre in Odessa, Ukraine.

The bridge simulator (Transas NT-PRO 5000 5.25), engine room simulator (Transas Techsim 5000 8.3) and liquid cargo handling simulator (Transas LCHS 5000), will be used to train officers across a variety of vessels.

Captain Fared Khan, Wallem’s fleet personnel director, spoke at the launch about how seafarers will benefit from the simulators through development of their maritime knowledge and skills.

“Nothing is better than hands on training when evaluating capability for making ships safer for everyone onboard,” he said.

“The state-of-the-art Transas simulators will assist us to not only refine the officers’ skills leading to operational excellence onboard, but also to train our sea staff in how best to respond to different non-routine, challenging and critical situations at sea and in port.”

“Integrating previous incidents and lessons learnt will ensure the same mistakes are never repeated in the fleet.”

Wallem Ship management operates eight training centres around the world, with Odessa currently offering 18 different courses to improve skills and safety. According to Wallem Europe crew manager Wiebke Schuett, hundreds of seafarer will benefit from the new simulators.

“The Wallem Maritime Training Centres in Odessa trains not only Ukrainian officers, but also officers from other Eastern European countries including Russia, Romania, Serbia and Croatia,” she said.

“We currently have about 250 officers from the region on board Wallem-managed vessels, and a pool of 700 officers.”

SUNY Maritime Opens Bouchard Tug & Barge Simulation Center


SUNY Maritime is now home to a new state-of-the-art tug and barge simulator, thanks to funding from the Bouchard Transportation Company, Inc.

SUNY Maritime is now home to a new state-of-the-art tug and barge simulator, thanks to funding from the Bouchard Transportation Company, Inc. (via marinelog.com)

The Bouchard Transportation Company, Inc. and the State University of New York Maritime College (SUNY Maritime) today held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the official opening of the Bouchard Tug & Barge Simulation Center.

The Bouchard Tug & Barge Simulation Center is a state-of-the-art training facility, incorporating the latest in Kongsberg’s Polaris Bridge Simulation technology. It utilizes an industry-inspired bridge console arrangement, with the latest hydrodynamic ship models and exercise areas.

SUNY Maritime College and the Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc. are committed to educating future mariners; the young people who will lead the industry in the years to come. Working together, these two entities also are committed to training mariners currently working in the tug and barge industry, in order to keep them abreast of new topics and procedures.

MOL upgrades bridge simulator


mol bridge simulator

MOL Marine Consulting (MOLMC) has announced an upgrade to one of its two owned simulators.

The bridge simulator has been equipped with a Dynamic Positioning System (DPS), as well as an enlarged screen that replicates the field of vision from the bridge.

With offshore at the core of MOL’s strategy, DPS is an essential tool when dealing with the transport and storage of crude oil and LNG. The company says the upgrades will allow it to “simulate any situation and provide practical training in that situation.”

MOL has also announced the merger of MOL Marine Consulting, Ltd. (MOLMC) and MOL Cable Ship Ltd., effective from today.

The new company will be called MOL Marine Co.,Ltd., and continue the work of its two constituents.

Transas Simulators Boosts Western Shipping Training Center



Transas Marine Pacific has successfully completed the upgrade of a simulator complex for Western Shipping Pte. Ltd. training center.

The simulator class was upgraded to the latest version of the Transas navigational simulator NTPRO 5000 to fully support ECDIS training as per STCW 2010. In addition, a new full mission shiphandling simulator Class A was installed for advanced training capabilities. The Transas Full Mission Bridge Simulator is equipped with standard 8.4” panel touchscreen computers which can run various maneuvering controls and display layouts on a single panel according to the type of simulated ship model. Switching between models in runtime is also possible and will enhance the training experience for a wide range of basic and advanced training of professional mariners. Search and rescue functionality will ensure training in compliance with the IAMSAR requirements, while tug and mooring functionalities will provide excellent tools for both ship assistant training tasks and professional training in tug and barge operations.

The Full Mission Bridge Simulator is deemed as a stepping stone to the total ship concept implementation and further integration to a full mission engine room and cargo handling simulators. Western Shipping provides marine transportation of chemicals and petroleum products to the energy market globally. The Company manages a modern fleet of tankers and provides crew management and training services to a fleet of bulk carriers.

As a member of IMEC (Internatinal Maritime Employers Council), Western shipping is committed to total welfare of seafarers including high level of Training. IMTT (International Maritime Training Trust) is a partner of Western Shipping in developing a modern training centre based in Manila in partnership with Transas.

Bulgarian Naval Academy Installs VSTEP Simulators


bulgarian navy simulator vstep

The Nikola Vaptsarov Naval Academy in Varna purchased a 360° Class A Full Mission Bridge simulator and an Incident Management Simulator for training of its Naval and Merchant marine students.

The simulators were officially opened by the IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu and the Dutch Ambassador in Bulgaria Tom van Oorschot during a ceremony at the academy on September 14. The ceremony was attended by high ranking officials from the Bulgarian and Romanian Navy, as well as the Bulgarian Maritime Administration and was concluded with the official acceptance of the simulators by the Naval Academy Commandant, Captain Boyan Mednikarov.

The NAUTIS DNV Class A Full Mission Bridge (FMB) Simulator and the RescueSim incident Management Simulator were delivered and installed at the Naval Academy in Varna by VSTEP and its Bulgarian partner NavySim.

The NAUTIS Full Mission Bridge simulator has a complete 360° surround horizontal field of view and is compliant with the Class A DNV Standards for Certification No. 2.14 for Maritime Simulator Systems and IMO model courses 1.22 and 1.32. At the request of the Naval Academy, VSTEP has also added advanced oil spill recovery and onboard fire training to the simulator.

The RescueSim Incident Management Simulator will be used to train and prepare for any thinkable incident, both on and offshore. It has specialized modules focusing on training for Shipboard incidents, port incidents, industrial incidents as well as offshore incidents. The port of Varna was custom made in full 3D and implemented into the RescueSim simulator.


VSTEP Director, Pjotr van Schothorst, “It is an honor to have our VSTEP simulators become part of the rich tradition of the Nikola Vaptsarov Naval Academy. To have Bulgaria’s finest maritime students use our simulators to become better mariners makes us very proud. Throughout the project, it has been a real pleasure working with the Naval Academy and we look forward to continue this strong relationship in the future.”

The Nikola Vaptsarov Naval Academy is the oldest technical school in Bulgaria. With its illustrious history and traditions in training sea specialists, it is one of the symbols of Varna and Bulgaria in the world maritime community. At present, the Academy trains specialists for both Navy and merchant marine in all areas of maritime life.



Bohemia Interactive Simulations Developing High-Fidelity, Game-Based Image Generator


Bohemia Interactive Simulations

Bohemia Interactive Simulations (BISim) has just announced VBS IG, which leverages gaming technology to create a new class of image generator, ready for the simulation industry. BISim will showcase VBS IG for the first time at I/ITSEC 2014 in Orlando, Florida.

I/ITSEC is the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC), which promotes cooperation among the Armed Services, Industry, Academia and various Government agencies in pursuit of improved training and education programs.

The U.S. Army enlisted BISim’s expertise in upgrading its legacy image generator to a high-fidelity, game-based image generation solution for its Close Combat Tactical Trainer (CCTT) system.

The U.S. Army trains crews for a host of armored vehicles and mechanized units on the Close Combat Tactical Trainer, a computer-driven, manned module simulator. These simulators replicate vehicle interiors in close combat units, such as the M1 Abrams Tank, the M2 Bradley Fighting Vehicle, the M3 Cavalry Fighting Vehicle, the Humvee and others.

Following two years of development and testing, VBS IG will be ready as an image generator for CCTT training and will be available as a commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) product in early 2015.

“By leveraging triple-A game quality effects, VBS IG has the potential to enable new applications for the simulation industry,” said Pete Morrison, BISim’s Co-CEO. “VBS IG is more than a desktop simulation solution. It also can function as a cost-effective IG solution for traditional part task and full mission simulators.”

Using the CIGI standard, VBS IG will be suitable for ground, rotary, fixed-wing, and maritime simulations. BISim has optimized the VBS3 engine, originally based off a commercially successful game engine, to ensure higher frame rates when rendering scenes with long view distances and large numbers of moving entities. VBS IG also supports massive terrains, weather, sensor simulation, and shared content with VBS3.

VBS IG is a capable and cost-effective solution for the defense industry’s training and simulation needs. The VBS IG will be launched at I/ITSEC in Orlando 1 – 4 December, 2014. For more information go to www.bisimulations.com

Kongsberg Maritime to provide turnkey offshore simulator delivery for new Ocean Rig training centre



Ocean Rig UDW Inc., a major international offshore drilling contractor, has chosen Kongsberg Maritime to supply an extensive offshore and navigation simulator package for a brand new training centre. With a sophisticated integrated simulator suite, enabling specific operations and vessel team training, Ocean Rig’s new facility, is shaping up to become one of the world’s most advanced offshore training centres.

Ocean Rig owns and operates two ultra-deepwater semisubmersible drilling rigs and nine ultra-deepwater drillships (including three newbuilds for delivery 2014-2016). All of these vessels operate with key technology from KONGSBERG, including Dynamic Positioning, Thruster Control, Integrated Control and Automation, Safety/Fire & Gas and Riser Management systems. Four of the drillships have Integrated Navigation solution from Kongsberg.

The new training centre, comprises two full mission bridge simulators. The K-Sim Offshore simulator is to be equipped like a drillship based on Ocean Rig’s Samsung 96k/Enhanced Saipem 10000 design. In addition, it will be integrated with K-Sim engine room simulator model DE66 drillship and K-Pos Dynamic positioning system including DP3 backup operation and riser management. The other full mission simulator is designed as a DNV Class A navigation bridge.

Two separate classrooms will also feature K-Sim ECDIS trainers, K-Pos DP Class C and K-Chief 700 crew trainers for drillship. The K-Sim engine simulator will feature DE-66 drillship and MC 90Vmodels. It will be used in a desktop configuration and on Kongsberg Maritime’s advanced, touchscreen BigView interactive mimic system. All simulators can provide task specific training, or operate as part of an integrated system to provide full vessel training.

“Ocean Rig identified a need for internal crew training and wanted to advance the development of its new centre fast,” comments Sølvi Opthun, Area Sales Manager, Kongsberg Maritime Simulation. “With Kongsberg Maritime, they found a partner that could provide the most advanced and integrated simulator technology, in addition to important learning services such as courseware and training for the instructors. The fact that Kongsberg Maritime systems are already in use on Ocean Rig vessels also provided the company with the confidence that we understand its business.”

BCG Releases PCVM Emulation


PCVM Screen Shot

PCVM Screen Shot

Buffalo Computer Graphics (BCG) Inc. announced the addition of another emulation product to its family of Radar Simulators.

BCG has completed an emulation of the VisionMaster FT radar – our PCVM. PCVM utilizes the same simulation engine as the rest of BCG’s products, which results in a powerful training tool used to familiarize a student with the use of the VisionMaster radar for ship navigation and collision avoidance training. The radar image incorporates realistic simulation of landmass, moving targets, precipitation returns, sea clutter and other effects seen on a real radar. The software features include full ARPA functionality, radar video controls, dual EBL & VRM, multiple presentation modes, graphics capabilities, AIS functionality and range scaling. For ARPA support, PCVM provides target acquisition and tracking, leading vectors and history trails, as well as trial maneuvers.

Some features incorporated into PCVM allow it the ability to couple with the VisionMaster ECDIS to offer a more realistic Integrated Navigation System Training Solution. Also, BCG has integrated the Conning Window, Docking Window, several situational awareness windows, and the Man Overboard Alarm Panel functionality to mirror the operation of the real unit.