Güngen upgrades tanker simulator training for crews

Turkish shipowner Güngen Maritime & Trading is to implement a new cargo handling simulator from Kongsberg, for training on a digital replica of a Suezmax crude oil tanker mimicking the layout and specification of Güngen’s own vessels.

The K-Sim Cargo simulator model will be interfaced to a real Kongsberg K-Chief 600 marine automation system to draw in data, and used to optimise the company’s routines for cargo handling as well as for training, testing and verifying the competence of the firm’s crew.

Once installed at the shipowners’ office, the simulator system will have an identical number and volume of cargo/ballast tanks as Güngen’s real crude oil tankers, while all pumps and pipelines will have the same characteristics. Inert gas and cargo heating system representations will also be included.

New employees will undergo internal simulator training before signing on to the company’s vessels, to reduce the overlap time needed on board when new employees sign on.

“We have had a very positive experience in training crews on simulators integrated with the same equipment as is found on board our tankers,” said Capt. Tugrul Vural, responsible for managing Güngen’s training centre.

“Back in 2008, we bought a Kongsberg simulator integrated with Kongsberg’s K-Chief 500 to train our crews and improve our routines. Since this approach has been hugely successful, it was natural for us to come back to Kongsberg when we needed a new type of cargo simulator model with an interface to the latest K-Chief 600.”

In related news, Kongsberg Digital has also announced a new partnership with Lloyd’s List Intelligence, to offer shipping and maritime intelligence on the Kognifai Marketplace.

Lloyd’s List Intelligence will provide Kongsberg’s platform, Kognifai Ecosystem, with online vessel tracking capabilities and Lloyd’s List news and market commentary.

“This will give our maritime customers easy cloud-enabled access to the best maritime intelligence reporting in the market. Whether customers are using Vessel Insight or not, are onboard or on shore, the reports can be collected and analysed, combined with own data or read as standalone reports for greater insights into what is going on in the maritime markets,” said Vigleik Takle, SVP of Maritime Digital Solutions at Kongsberg Digital.

These services will become available in the Kognifai Marketplace during July 2020.

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