Svitzer is to implement a range of new simulators in support of crew training at its Port of Newcastle base in Australia, following a new contract with Kongsberg Digital.
The agreement is part of a wider plan to create a training centre of excellence for the deployment of Svitzer’s new TRAnsverse tug vessels, entering service in Newcastle in early 2025.
Delivery of the training systems is expected in Q2 2024, including a full-mission 360° K-Sim Navigation simulator configured as a tug bridge, and a part-task 180° K-Sim Navigation ship’s bridge simulator.
The deal also includes an Instructor System with CCTV for monitoring and debriefing, and training of the instructors.
Designed for Svitzer’s Tug Master training on the new TRAnsverse Tug, the simulators will be installed at the Newcastle operations facility to serve the training needs of harbour pilots and tug masters from Newcastle port, as well as other operators worldwide.
“We are committed to investing in safe, reliable, and efficient maritime solutions and to providing the latest and most advanced training and technology for pilots, tug masters, and other maritime professionals,” said David Phillips, Chief Operating Officer, Svitzer Australia.
“Kongsberg Digital met all our criteria in terms of quality, price, delivery time, support, and warranty. Their collaboration with AMC Launceston, which has modelled the Maersk/Robert Allan TRAnsverse Tug, brings added value and we are looking forward to working with them closely on this project and future opportunities.”