Korean training ships to install simulator systems

The Korea Maritime and Ocean University (KMOU) and Mokpo National Maritime University (MMU) have taken delivery of a package of Kongsberg Digital simulator systems for installation on board the T/S Segero and T/S Hannara, two identical training ships.

The K-Sim Navigation bridge will be installed in a room behind the vessels’ real bridge and will be configured to project either simulated sailing areas based on new Korean database models or the real view from the actual bridge, via onboard CCTV cameras, combined with data from sensors on board.

Students on the simulator bridge will have access to the same view as students on the real bridge, so that real-time situations can be discussed back and forth and performance indicators can be compared.

“The onboard simulators on these vessels introduce a whole new degree of realism,” said Mark Stuart Treen, Vice President Sales, Kongsberg Digital.

“Instructors will be able to make clear, informed assessments and fine-tune simulator exercises as they see fit, while students will be able to access real-time vessel data and apply it to training routines in the virtual realm before moving forward to the main bridge and restaging operations with the actual ship.

“Combining simulator technology with real, in-situ assets represents an exciting new venture for Kongsberg, and reflects our purpose as a company in supporting customers in new territories, stimulating economic growth and tirelessly pushing the envelope with innovative applications for our technology leading simulators.”

In related news, Kongsberg has also confirmed the completion of its acquisition of Rolls-Royce Commercial Marine, following European Commission approval. The deal was first announced in July 2018.

The combined company now has more than 11,000 employees serving some 30,000 vessels, with an annual turnover of more than NOK 22 billion (approximately US$2.5 billion).

“Our goal is to further develop our track record of innovation and dedication in helping our customers meet the evolving challenges of the maritime industry, be it through cutting-edge autonomy and digital solutions or highly reliable power and propulsion systems,” said Bård Bjørløw, EVP Global Sales and Marketing, Kongsberg Maritime.

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