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The Maritime

SIMULATOR newsletter Publisher: Kongsberg Maritime Simulation Editor: Anne Voith Tel.: +47 33032000 Fax: +47 85028028 e-mail:


K-Sim Navigation Unveiled - The Next Generation Ship’s Bridge Simulator

PAGE 2-3 K-Sim Navigation Successfully Unveiled PAGE 4 A User’s Evaluation of K-Sim Navigation Instructor System PAGE 6-7 K-Sim Engine Product News PAGE 8-9 Heerema Chooses The World’s Most Advanced Offshore Heavy Lift Crane Simulator PAGE 10 Teekay Shipping Invests in New Simulator Training Centre in Glasgow PAGE 11 Kongsberg to Deliver K-Sim Offshore Full Motion Simulator to CMS PAGE 12 Turnkey Offshore Simulator Delivery for New Ocean Rig Training Centre PAGE 13 Major Simulator Upgrade for The Artic University Of Norway’s New Program Within Maritime Training and R&D

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.

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Advanced Offshore Heavy Lift Crane Simulator for Heerema

Global Simulation - Three Successful User Conferences in 2014

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PAGE 14-15 MONALISA 2.0 - The European Maritime Simulator Network Gathered in Barcelona PAGE 16-20 Global Simulation - Three Successful User Conferences in 2014





K-Sim Navigation Succesfully Unveiled,

- The Next Step in Realism For Ship’s Bridge Simulation ANNE VOITH, MARKETING MANAGER, KM

K-Sim Navigation is a new generation ship’s bridge simulator specially designed for the future of advanced and integrated simulation training. It is based on a cutting-edge technology platform enabling more realistic training scenarios and enhanced user benefits for both instructors and students. K-Sim Navigation is a robust, stable and reliable system, which builds on more than 40 years’ experience in the development of advanced market leading maritime simulators. Fulfilling STCW and DNV GL standards for maritime training, KSim Navigation provides a structured and cost-efficient method to build competence. It is designed for the future of advanced simulation training and introduces a range of new user benefits in addition to a unique level of realism. 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.’ Configuration Flexibility K-Sim Navigation offers a fully scalable range of bridge designs to meet every training requirement and budget. It can be delivered from a PC based desktop system through to a full mission bridge simulator, and can be equipped with a diverse range of additional bridge instruments. Specially designed simulator configurations are also available, such as aft bridge, tug bridge and fast craft vessel bridge.

The flexibility in K-Sim Navigation enables expansion at any time, either with new instruments, workstations and complete integrated bridge systems, or even with other simulator types for full vessel and crew resource training. Realism K-Sim Navigation delivers the most realistic training. It integrates an advanced physics engine, which in addition to state-of-the-art hydrodynamic modelling allows vessels, objects and equipment to behave and interact realistically, improving the quality of training significantly. The physics engine supports full interaction including 3D hull collision detection with shore- and maritime based objects and vessels. It provides high realism in

i.e., how lines, ropes and chains behave, and calculates in detail the winch load and line forces in i.e., tug and mooring exercises. Soft grounding calculations make it possible to fully experience a vessel’s real-life behaviour when such accidents occur. 3D Hydrodynamic vessel modelling with six degrees of freedom provides an excellent level of vessel motion accuracy. This is particularly important in advanced training scenarios, such as towing, search and rescue, and offshore or military operations. Also important for enhanced realism, is that all vessel models have full power management, dynamic loading, ballast control and possible integration to load calculators.


Visual System K-Sim Navigation’s sophisticated SeaView visual system is recognised for its very high degree of realism in details, depth perception and motions. Vessels and objects in all possible weather conditions are brought to life in training scenarios and a range of geographical sailing areas are available to accommodate different training objectives. We also provide the tools for training academies and centres to develop their own accurate geographical areas for training exercises, R&D or pre-planning of real-life operations. Instructor System ‘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 Geir Lilje, Product Manager, Kongsberg Maritime. K-Sim Navigation has been developed with the user experience firmly in focus. The intuitive and award winning* instructor system allows customisation of menus and pages. It utilises a modified ECDIS chart as a starting point with drag & drop function for easily creating exercises. An andvanced Seagen GIS tool is included for simple importation of third party environmental data such as current, tide, wave and wind, to create optimum realism in the training scenario. Evaluation of students can be incorporated as part of the exercise


with trigger events and e-coach messages and scores based on performance. The entire simulated scenario with all variables is automaticaly recorded during the exercise, so review and debriefing after an exercise can include replay of the entire exercise, or a selected segment at any point in order to focus on a specific learning objective. The instructor system also features an advanced assessment system for ensuring optimal training and feedback standards. Team Training Possibilities K-Sim Navigation is built on the same core technology platform as the market leading K-Sim Offshore simulator. It can easily be integrated with other Kongsberg Maritime simulators (including crane, offshore, engine and dynamic positioning) to enable a comprehensive range of training possibilities and a wide range of course offerings.


K-Sim Navigation upgrade option for Polaris customers Existing Polaris ship’s bridge simulator customers will have the possibility to upgrade to K-Sim Navigation. Based on training requirements and the condition of the existing system, Kongsberg Maritime’s sales and support team will evaluate and create a porting plan for each individual customer. *Award for Design Excellence from the Norwegian Design Council Illustration below: K-Sim Navigation is scalable and enables expansion at any time according to training goals and requirements





A User’s Evaluation of K-Sim Navigation Instructor System GARLAND HARDY, PRESIDENT, LANTEC MARINE INC.

At first glance, one of the most striking features of the new K-Sim Navigation Instructor Station software is the commonality of function and design that it shares with the entire K-Sim product range. The next generation of K-Sim products will share many common software architecture and graphic user interface protocols. This is done not by happenstance, but rather is a reflection of a concerted effort to make the entire K-Sim product line interface as seamless as possible, and to facilitate true total ship, and ship systems integration. In addition to typical individual and team training requirements, this is a platform that to an unprecedented degree will be able to support mission rehearsal and proof of concept trials for the most complex, integrated marine operations, both for commercial and military applications. Having been a daily user of Kongsberg Maritime ship simulators for more than 20 years, I am delighted to see that important conceptual design elements have been implemented in this new generation. The result is a platform that is focused both on enhancing the student/ training experience, and on placing all critical teaching, coaching, evaluation and scenario control tools at the instructor’s fingertips; while simultaneously reducing operational workload and facilitating task execution. Immediately after launching the K-Sim Navigation Instructor's software, one recognises that the system is student and scenario centric. There is very little use of rigid drop down menus; the

instructor is able to select modular scenario based layouts that utilise ‘feature pages’ and ‘views’ that place critical scenario related task functions at his fingertips allowing for an uncluttered chart view. Having the ability to "rip-off" feature pages and views, the instructor can have multiple incidents of important feature control pages opened. Additionally, the interaction with the chart and feature pages has become very uniform, and consistent with modern conventions in terms of left click/right click/ drag and scroll functionality. Within a few short minutes the operator realises that he can complete routine tasks and monitor student activities in an highly efficient and intuitive manner. Moreover, the customised, ideal layout for scenario control can then be saved to the exercise, so that when it is re-opened, it will immediately be configured for optimal instructor manipulation. Beyond the look and feel of the software, great effort has been made to streamline scenario creation and scenario control functions. For example, routes for a

geographic area can be created much like on an ECDIS system. They can be assigned descriptive names, and can then be modified, merged, or split, and stored as unique library files that can be accessed in any scenario (exercise). Any vessel in a scenario can then be assigned to one of these library route templates, at which time, turn points are automatically generated based on the vessel's true manoeuvring characteristics. Thanks to the use of object oriented simulation, all ships are comprehensive 3-D hydrodynamic models, all that changes are the manoeuvring control mechanism or ‘role’ that is assigned to a vessel. Any ship can be controlled by a student, controlled by the instructor, or simply assigned to a route, or set on course and speed pilot. Likewise for specialised operations, including functions such as tugging, ships can be assigned to an automated ‘intelligent’ manoeuvring mode where strict rule based systems are used to provide outcomes that are highly realistic yet easily managed by the instructor/operator.




To facilitate advanced and complex operations, the instructor can access a large number of event ‘triggers’ and associate them with scenario ‘actions’ such as connecting a tow line, activating an EPIRB, or firing a flare. These sosphiscated control mechanisms can allow the instructor to plan complex scenarios in advance, which will automatically adapt to situational variables, and allow the instructor when conducting an exercise to spend his time monitoring, coaching, and evaluating versus operating. K-Sim Navigation is built on a well proven core simulation engine, physics engine and operating system that is used in the K-Sim Offshore simulator. This platform is now used in the far more comprehensive and expansive K-Sim Navigation. Photos to the right: Creation of a sailing route in K-Sim Navigation Instructor System

K-Sim Navigation Facts • DNV GL Class A type approved. • Shares the same proven software and hardware architecture as the market leading K-Sim Offshore simulator. • Fully scalable solution - from a PC-based desktop system to a full mission bridge simulator. • Easy integration with other Kongsberg Maritime Simulators, including K-Sim Offshore, K-Sim Crane, K-Sim Dynamic Position and K-Sim Engine. • Unsurpassed realism, with 3D dynamic models offering features such as: six degrees of motion for all models; intelligent targets and tugs; ballast control for each vessel; full power management and support for Hydro Dynamic Modelling Tool, enabling customers to design and implement their own vessels and objects. • Fully integrated physical engine includes: 3D hull collision detection with all objects and structures; soft grounding calculations; detailed calculations of winch load and line forces in tug and mooring operations; and integrated cargo loading and crane operations. • A user friendly and effective educational tool with: ECDIS style charts in the instructor system; customised instructor menus and pages; limitless combinations, with default and customised settings; dedicated instructor tug view for easy control of tugs; creation of ECDIS style route templates; advanced GIS tool for import of third party environmental data; and built-in comprehensive assessment module. • An asset for any educational establishment, allowing extensions of course portfolios and the ability to undertake research and development projects in advanced, realistic and controlled environments.





New K-Sim Engine Model Delivered to Maersk Training Center LEIF P. HALVORSEN, PRODUCT MANAGER, KM

The Maersk Training Center in Svendborg, Denmark took delivery of another advanced engine room simulator model this autumn. The recent installed AHTS version is the third and final model of the K-Sim Engine delivery under the terms of the contract, signed with Kongsberg Maritime in November 2012. The new engine simulator model is based on the Maersk A-Type Anchor Handling Tug Supply Vessel, which contains 4 Mak medium speed engines and 2 x controllable pitch propellers. The ship is classified as DP as the forward thrusters and 2 x1200 2 with 1 x 2040 BHP tunnel & 1 x BHP tunnel stern thrusters. Model1770 BHP CP Retractable Azimuth ling of the real engine data ensures

that the dynamic behaviour of the simulator closely reflects the engine/ propulsion systems’ response in real life operation. The delivery includes control room operator stations with Kongsberg Maritime’s ControlView (Integrated Automation System), touch screen based electrical switchboard mimics & panels, local control engine-room mimics and bridge control with steering panels. Integration with the sophisticated BigView touch-screen mimic is also made to accommodate greater educational flexibility. Finally, Maersk’s K-Sim Offshore simulator is equipped with the corresponding AHTS vessel model. Interfaced to the new K-Sim Engine, model, it will be possible to run advanced crew training scenarios for the specific AHTS vessel. Photo on top: Maersk’s AHTS vessel model shown in the K-Sim Offshore simulator, which can be fully integrated with the new K-Sim Engine AHTS model . Photos to the left: 1) ECR Panel: Propulsion Control and 2) ControlView Mimic: Power Management System





New Virtual Engine Room Applications Available for K-Sim Engine LEIF HALVORSEN, PROD. MANAGER, KM

Kongsberg Maritime continues to meet customer requirements for 3D virtual presentations of selected engine room systems, with the release of new 3D applications simulating the Main Engine and the Diesel Generators for the L11 W채rtsil채 12RT-Flex 82 Container model. Kongsberg Maritime has previously delivered Engine Room Simulators systems with 3D virtual operation in combination with BigView. More recently, we have introduced 3D applications for our classroom Illustration of K-Sim Engine for classroom with 3D virtual displays simulators that allow users access to operational 3D virtual engine room displays in the ERS mimic library on desktop stations. This gives the user the possibility of operating engine room systems in a 3D virtual presentation in a traditional classroom set up. This functionality is offered as an add-on to existing well-known mimic presented systems. Kongsberg Maritime has received excellent feedback on the delivered systems and has this year already released a full walk through 3D sys- Screen shot showing RT-Flex Local Control View tem application for the M11 Container MaK model, which includes an operational view of the entire engine room with detailed sub systems such as the boiler, compressors, pumps, pipes and coolers used on board. The new 3D application simulating the W채rtsil채 Rt-Flex engine is the latest in our 3D engine room model offering. We will continue the process of visualising engine room systems in 3D for further ship models and equipment in the years to come.

Screen shot showing RT-Flex Main Engine View




Heerema Chooses Kongsberg Maritime To Supply The World’s Most Advanced Offshore Heavy Lift Crane Simulator PRESS RELEASE

Illustration of Heerema’s new simulation centre - fully equipped with Kongsberg Maritme simulators

Heerema Marine Contractors (HMC) has selected Kongsberg Maritime’s K-Sim Offshore simulation platform to enhance crane operator training and the safe, efficient implementation of heavy lift operations. With the contract signed on May 21st 2014, delivery of what will become the world’s most advanced offshore heavy lift crane simulator is planned for September 2015. It will be installed at a new simulation centre in the HMC Academy at the company’s HQ in Leiden, the Netherlands.

As a leading international offshore oil and gas marine contractor specialising in transporting, installing and removing offshore facilities, HMC’s requirement when selecting its simulation partner was to develop a system that could train the most competent crane operators and conduct detailed pre-mission training for heavy-lift projects. To meet these requirements, Kongsberg Maritime will develop a unique simulator based on the K-Sim Offshore platform, which is already in use at several high-profile offshore training facilities worldwide.

‘In addition to the technical capabilities of the K-Sim Offshore Simulator, especially including its high-level hydrodynamics, it was important to find a simulator supplier that we could work closely with on such an extensive project,’ comments Catina Geselschap, Project manager at the HMC Academy. ‘Kongsberg Maritime demonstrates not only the technical competence to deliver such a complex and sophisticated simulator, but also an open approach that encouraged dialogue and a willingness to find a solution working in close cooperation with Heerema.’




The Kongsberg Maritime scope of supply includes two offshore crane operator domes and a DNV Class A bridge with K-Sim DP simulator, which is based on the same Kongsberg Maritime K-Pos DP systems used on Heerema’s vessels. To achieve highly realistic training, the K-Sim Offshore simulator will feature detailed models of three HMC deepwater construction vessels; Thialf (Semi-Sub), Balder (Semi-Sub) and Aegir, in addition to several barges (including H-851) and a supply vessel. Illustration: The K-Sim Offshore bridge which will be integrated with the crane simulator Supporting Heerema’s plans to use the simulator for project planning, testing & verification, Kongsberg Maritime is also developing a set of library objects and models of offshore installations and equipment used for simulating specific heavy lift projects; such as lifting Jackets, top sides and subsea templates from barge to vessel or from vessel and overboard. Also included in the delivery is an extensive instructor and debrief system, and two deck operator trainers (deck position simulator) designed to train for communication and team- lllustration: The K-SIm Offshore crane simulator dome for heavy lift training work between the crane operator and deck operators. ‘Heerema is pushing limits with real operations and the K-Sim Offshore simulator project will push limits within training for heavy-lift applications,’ says Harald Kluken, Area Sales Manager, Kongsberg Maritime Simulation. ‘As our most advanced offshore heavy lift crane simulator to date, this project will take the K-Sim Offshore simulator platform a great step forwards in regards to engineering and pre-simulation for complex heavy lift operations.’ lllustration: Winch opeator training station on the K-Sim Offshore bridge





Teekay Shipping Invests in New Simulator Training Centre in Glasgow BY ANNE VOITH, MARKETING MANAGER, KM


One of the world’s largest independent owner of liquid natural gas (LNG) vessels, Teekay Shipping Glasgow Ltd., opened a new, stateof-the-art simulator training centre in Glasgow in May this year. The new simulator centre is equipped with a Kongsberg Maritime ship’s bridge simulator and will see hundreds of Teekay seafarers a year come to Glasgow to attend intensive courses in ship handling; navigation; bridge teamwork; ship-to-ship interactions, heavy traffic situations and harsh weather conditions. The launch event was attended among others by Andrew Clifton, Head of SIGTTO (Society of International Gas Terminal and Tanker Operators) who said: ‘With a huge increase in the global gas fleet in the next 2-3 years, there is a critical need to invest in training and training facilities. It is to Teekay Glasgow’s great credit that they

Photo from the opening, from the left; Iain Relf, Fleet Director, John Adams, Managing Director and David Glendinning, President, Teekay Gas Services. Photo courtesy: Teekay Shipping Ltd.

have done exactly this with this impressive facility. It is a great example to the rest of the industry in how to responsibly address this issue.’ David Glendinning, President, Teekay Gas Services, commented: “We are just now entering the golden age of gas - the global ener-

Photo: one of Teekay’s captains trying out the Polaris ship’s bridge simulator at the opening of the new training centre in Glosgow. Photo courtesy: Teekay Shipping Ltd.

gy of the future. At Teekay we are excited about our future growth opportunities, and ensuring we have an ongoing supply of highly trained seafarers is critical to that success. So, I am very proud to attend the opening of the Teekay Glasgow training centre. This is a long-term investment in a worldclass training facility with a stateof-the-art simulator that will bring hundreds of seafarers from around the world to Glasgow each year.” From Kongsberg Maritime, both Area Sales Manager, Sølvi Opthun and Customer Support Manager, Petter Buskland attended the event. The latter, gave a small speech drawing attention to the company’s delivery of the first Polaris simulator back in 2007 and its strong commitment to continuously maintain and upgrade the simulator through the agreement of a Long Term System Support Program (LTSSP).


“The first delivered Polaris simulator was from day one supported by a LTSSP, ensuring that your system was always up to date with the latest technology. We are proud that our support program has given you value for money and today’s state-


of-the-art simulator is a result of this,”said Petter. The latest suite of Kongsberg Maritime simulators will also be covered by a 10 year LTSSP, which was signed earlier this year. Sølvi Opthun commented: ‘The simulators at the new training cen-


tre in Glasgow will provide Teekay with the right training conditions to allow it to expand its operations and realise ambitious growth plans within the LNG vessel market. We look forward to further cooperation with the company in the years to come.’


Kongsberg to Deliver K-Sim Offshore Full Motion Simulator to CMS MALLORY DALEY, MARKETING COORDINATOR, KM

Kongsberg Maritime Simulation Ltd., based in St. John’s, Newfoundland, was awarded a contract by the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University for the supply of a full mission K-Sim Offshore simulator for the Centre for Marine Simulation. The delivery will include the supply of the latest available offshore simulation technology capable of creating realistic training environments for a full range of anchorhandling, shiphandling, dynamic positioning and other critical training requirements in support of platform support vessels, offshore support vessels, tankers and semisubmersibles operating in harsh environments. The Class A bridge will feature forward, aft and KPos DP stations on a six-degreesof-freedom (DOF) electric motion base, delivering the highest level of fidelity available in simulation technology.

Photo: K-Sim Offshore bridge

This represents the first K-Sim Offshore simulator delivery in Canada and is an important step forward for the offshore oil and gas industry, particularly on Canada’s east coast.

CMS Director, Capt. Christopher Hearn said: ‘Since 1994, CMS has played a strategic role in the development and provision of maritime simulation solutions for our customers in Eastern Canada and around the world.’ He added that the increased range of abilities in the new installation is a key factor The installation also includes anchor- in meeting the ever present chalhandling, ice navigation, rig moves, lenges of effective offshore trainDP operations, offshore loading and ing. support. A bridge-engine connection with the K-Sim Engine room simu- Clayton Burry, VP Sales and Actlator will allow a full range of CRM ing General Manager for Kongsberg Maritime Simulation Ameriand BRM training possibilities.

cas, said: ‘The Centre for Marine Simulation continues to build competence across a wide range of harsh environment maritime applications. With their increasing focus on complex offshore operations, we knew that CMS was looking for more than a supplier, but rather a technology partner that could deliver a solution that incorporated a full physics engine for accurate simulation. We are extremely pleased to have been selected as the successful vendor and look forward to growing our longstanding relationship with CMS, the Fisheries and Marine Institute and Memorial University.’ The K-Sim Offshore is scheduled to be installed at CMS in March 2015 and will be the only 6-DOF system of its type in the Americas.





Turnkey Offshore Simulator Delivery for New Ocean Rig Training Centre PRESS RELEASE

The international offshore drilling contractor, Ocean Rig UDW Inc., 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 MAritime, including Dynamic Positioning, Thruster Control, Integrated Control and Automation, Safety/ Fire & Gas and Riser Management

systems. Four of the drillships have be used in a desktop configuration Integrated Navigation solution from and on Kongsberg Maritime’s adKongsberg Maritime. vanced, touchscreen BigView interactive mimic system. All simulators The new training centre, comprises can provide task specific training, or two full mission bridge simula- operate as part of an integrated systors. The K-Sim Offshore will be tem to provide full vessel training. equipped like a drillship based on Ocean Rig’s Samsung 96k/En- ‘Ocean Rig identified a need for inhanced Saipem 10000 design. In ternal crew training and wanted to addition, it will be integrated with advance the development of its new K-Sim Engine’s simulator model centre fast,’ comments Sølvi OptDE66 drillship and K-Pos DP sys- hun, Area Sales Manager, Kongstem including DP3 backup opera- berg Maritime Simulation. ‘With tion and riser management. The Kongsberg Maritime, they found a other full mission simulator is K- partner that could provide the most Sim Navigation, which is a DNV advanced and integrated simulator Class A ship’s bridge simulator. technology, in addition to important learning services such as courseTwo separate classrooms will also ware and training for the instrucfeature K-Sim ECDIS trainers, K- tors. The fact that Kongsberg MariPos DP Class C and K-Chief 700 time systems are already in use on crew trainers for drillship. The K-Sim Ocean Rig vessels also provided engine simulator will feature DE-66 the company with the confidence drillship and MC 90Vmodels. It will that we understand its business.’





Major Simulator Upgrade for The Artic University Of Norway’s New Program Within Maritime Training and R&D


UiT, The Artic University of Norway has selected Kongsberg Maritime to provide a cuttingedge upgrade and extension of its existing ship’s bridge simulators for navigation and DP training, including human factor studies. UiT’s strong focus on maritime and offshore training, human factor studies and R&D projects strengthens knowledge and competence in Advanced Operations in the polar environment.

Arctic Exploration Calls for Training and R&D The Arctic is of increasing global importance and is very much in focus within the offshore and shipping industries. Climate change, the exploitation of Arctic resources and environmental threats are topics of great public concern, and which the UiT takes special interest in. As a part of its new priority program, the Maritime Faculty has recently moved into a brand new technology building co-located with the rest of the University. The new premises are specially designed to house the extended simulators. Upgrade to Latest Simulator Technology Possible Through The Support Program The University benefits from a Long-Term-Service-Support-Pro-

Photo: Image calibration of the visual system at the Site Acceptance Test for the ship’s bridge simulator on a 6-DOF motion platform

gram with Kongsberg Maritime, which allowes significant upgrades of new software technology and new functionalities. By this the University has got the latest and most advanced simulator system available. In addition, Kongsberg Maritime was awarded a contract for extension of the existing main ship’s bridge simulator with a new 6 DOF motion platform, more visual channels and integration with a DNV class A Dynamic Positioning (DP) simulator. Meeting the Demand for Advanced Training for Arctic Conditions With its simulator upgrade and expansions in place, UiT will offer students and external partners a wide range of courses within navigation and ship maneuvering, including ice-navigation, ice management, emergency, search & rescue and operations in the Artic and harsh environments. The expansion of new simulator capa-

bilities is geographically very relevant to the UiT, since it will be able to meet demand for advanced training for ship owners, oil & gas companies and other organisations operating, exploring and developing in Northern Norway and arctic waters, especially in light of the growing interest for exploration & production in the high north. The University will also be using the simulators in studies related to Maritime Operations such as, human factors, fatigue studies, subsea research and seamanship/organisation development including ice-management studies. ‘The simulator upgrade will contribute to raise the quality of seafarers educated at UiT and in addition strengthen our position within advanced studies in human factors, and the maritime and polar environment,’ comments Bjørn Batalden, lecturer, UiT the Artic University of Norway.





MONALISA 2.0 - The European Maritime Simulator Network Gathered in Barcelona ANNE VOITH, MARKETING MANAGER, KM


For the very first time, different brands of civil maritime simulators have been connected. Even more spectacular, one of the simulators was in Spain, (at Centro Jovellanos) the other in Sweden. The technical solution was developed as part of the MONALISA 2.0 project. The European Maritime Simulator Network (EMSN) was launched November 5th, 2014 in Barcelona at the project Midterm Conference, attended by a wide international audience of key stakeholders, shipping industry representatives and officials of the European Union (EU). EMSN was conceived in order to test the Sea Traffic Management (STM) concept and solutions under development within the MONALISA 2.0 project. ‘This offers tremendous potential for distributed simulations, for example emulating large scale traffic situa-

Photo: Simulator providers gathered at EMSN’s Midterm Conference in Barcelona

tions with individuals manning the bridges of all vessels involved.’ said Captain José Anselmo, Senior Policy Officer at the European Commission, who continued: ‘Researchers at various institutions can co-operate in projects at a completely new level, offering unlimited possibilities for the future exchange of training among various maritime training centres.’

Photo: KONGSBERG’s Polaris ship’s bridge simulator installed at Centro Jovellanos, Spain

Magnus Sundström, Project Manager, explained: ‘To test scenarios involving multiple vessels in congested areas, you can´t find any safer environment than in simulators. There was no centre worldwide that could handle the tests that the project required. In our concepts, we focus on reusing resources by extending the usage. Therefore, we decided to tie existing simulator centres together rather than building a huge centre. Our industry partners: Rheinmetal, Kongsberg Maritime and Transas, have done a great job in making this possible.’ Behind the live integrated simulation demonstration in Barcelona, lies months of hard work by some of the partners in the project. This also includes the different manufactures of the simulators running in the training centres located in Finland, Germany, Spain and Sweden. As Erik Hovland, General Manager in Kongsberg Maritime


Simulation, remarked: ‘A significant challenge of this project has been to join efforts and contributions from the different simulator providers and to make us work together in this prestigious European project.’


Before the launch in Barcelona, preliminary tests had taken place to verify the communications exchange protocol IEC-61174 edition 4 and the performing of the different hydrodynamic models or ships used in the initial steps. ‘Sharing information between different navigational systems requires all to adhere to the same route exchange protocol. During the development of the protocol we were able to make sure that it would meet our specific needs. This is the beginning of a new era for information exchange at sea,’ commented Per Setterberg, leader of Activity 1 (Sea Traffic Management Operations and Tools), who works for the Swedish Maritime Administration.

The Jovellanos Maritime Training Centre takes part in the EMSN together with Kongsberg Maritime. The training centre has maintained a long and fruitful commercial relationship with the simulator manufacturer for the last 20 years. ‘We are now most proud to embark on this challenging adventure together, as the ship will not be able to reach her final destination without the technical support and the good professional advice of the leading marine simulator provider,’ commented Pepe The underlying philosophy behind Díaz, Training Manager, Centro the project is to explore and deJovellanos fine potential risks and benefits in


the concept of Dynamic Proactive Route (DPR) and also the synergy of connected stakeholder interests. Technical complexity is kept to a minimum by utilising existing technology for information exchange between onboard systems (standard AIS protocol). On each participating simulated ship, the MONALISA module will connect to the corresponding simulator bridge. The MONALISA module will provide the full traffic image from the network, while the simulator bridge provides the MONALISA module with local input for distribution on the network. The project will present its results at the end of 2015. For further information, please visit: Source:

About the MONALISA Project Maritime transport is crucial for the functioning of society. A large share of foreign trade goes by sea and integration of maritime transport in the European Union (EU) has evolved over the years, but there are still challenges that have to be met to optimise the industry. To increase competitiveness, reduce environmental impact, improve accessibility and enhance safety and preparedness in the Baltic region, the EU adopted a regional strategy for the Baltic Sea region.

giving a concrete contribution to efficient, safe and environmentaly friendly maritime transport in the Baltic Sea region. 5th November 2013, the Swedish Maritime Administration initiated an extension of the ongoing MONALISA project, called MONALISA 2.0.

constitutes a balanced, relevant and competent partnership in order to implement the project in an efficient way. The geographical scope of the partnership covers the Baltic Sea, North Sea and the Mediterranean Sea and encompasses the EU Member States Sweden, FinMONALISA 2.0 is a concrete land, Denmark, Germany, United step in the process of further de- Kingdom, Spain, Italy, Malta and veloping the Motorway of the Greece as well as the neighbourSea concept by implementing ing country Norway. concrete pilot actions and studies that will foster deployment of The project is co-financed by the new maritime services and pro- European Union, with a total budcesses. get of 24 million Euros (~ $33M).

In 2010, the Swedish Maritime Administration initiated a Mo- The MONALISA 2.0 consortium For further information about the torway of the Sea project, MON- consists of 39 public, private and MONALISA 2.0 project, please ALISA, which had the purpose of academic partners which together visit:





Global Simulation - Three Successful User Conferences in 2014 BY ANNE VOITH AND MALLORY DALEY, MARKETING, KM

Record many delegates Kongsberg Maritime Simulator User Conferences (UC) have experienced increased interest from our growing customer-base around the world. This year, a total of 350 delegates attended the three successful conferences that took place in Newcastle (UK), Houston (Texas, US) and Cebu (Philippines). Launch of K-Sim Navigation The events highlighted maritime & offshore training trends and regulations, product news and updates as well as sharing of experience among the different simulator users. The highlight at each conference was undoubtedly when Kongsberg Maritime announced its latest addition to the K-Sim product line, K-Sim Navigation. The launch created massive enthusiasm and interest among the delegates, especially as they were

given an exclusive glimpse of KSim Navigation’s fidelities and capabilities demonstrated through a range of videos recorded from the new simulator.

contribute to strengthen our relationship with customers and we look forward to further cooperation in the years to come. The journey into the future has just begun!”

‘We strongly believe that close collaboration with our clients results in optimum product solutions and this is one of the main reasons we organise simulation user conferences around the world,’ said Paal Aamaas, Vice President Simulation, Kongsberg Maritime, during his opening speech at the UC in Newcastle. “We hope these events

UC Newcastle, September The first User Conference this year was attended by approximately 200 delegates from all over Europe. The event took place at the Hilton Newcastle Gateshead Hotel on,

Photo to the right: Paal Aammas, Vice President Simulation, Kongsberg Maritime opens the User Conference in UC Newcastle with drawing attention to the company’s 200 years long history and the way forward. Photo below: In total 200 delegates were gathered at Hilton Newcastle Gateshead Hotel for a 3-day European Simulator User Conference in September.




Photo from left: Tone-Merete Hansen, Global Sales Manager, Terje Heierstad Global Product Manager, Petter Buskland, Support Manager and Geir Lilje, Product Manager and to the right “reporter” Rob Bell announcing the Breaking News of the K-Sim Navigation launch

September 23-25, and featured an interesting and well-organised visit to the conference co-host, South Tyneside College (STC). Building the future The conference was opened by Paal Amaas and STC’s Chief Executive, Lindsey Whiterod, who both expressed the importance of such user gatherings to network, share experience and build the future of maritime simulation together. The opening remarks were followed by Ian Giddings from IMCA and Axel Nordholm from DNV, who presented papers on industry standards and new function areas for the use of simulators. This was followed by product updates & news sessions by Kongsberg Maritime Product Managers.

for extra attention as a special announcement would be made. The stage then became a TV news studio, where the actor Rob Bell took the role of reporter and delivered the Breaking News of the day from the ‘Maritime News’ TV program created especially for the event: Kongsberg Maritime launches a new ship’s bridge simulator, K-Sim Navigation! was the headline…

Delegates started to lean forward, smiling and appreciative of what they saw, while a video of K-Sim Navigation was broadcasted directly from the scene. This was followed by a live, on-stage interview of Kongsberg Maritime’s key simulation personnel. “We decided to develop K-Sim Navigation based on experience gained from working with navigation simulators over the Breaking News past 40 years and collaboration with Right before lunch, the conference our customers, combined with new chairman and Global Sales Man- cutting-edge technology successager, Tone-Merete Hansen called fully used in the K-Sim Offshore,”

said Global Product Manager, Terje Heierstad in the interview. Awarded Instructor System When the reporter asked Product Manager, Geir Lilje about what functionality in K-Sim Navigation he was most proud of, he answered: ‘Without doubt the instructor system! The system is built on feedback from our customers and has a modern intuitive user interface where the instructor can create exercises by simply dragging & dropping. A modified ECDIS chart is used as a starting point with dynamic loading of exercise areas so we are able to extend the sailing period over long voyages. Our instructor system has already won a design award, which we are proud of.’ Less time for coffee breaks Tone-Merete Hansen also highlighted the impressive visual scene in addition to the robustness and stability of the new product, which




she assumed will lead to fewer coffee breaks for the instructors, which raised a laugh from the audience, most of them instructors themselves! Porting Posibilities for existing Polaris customers The last and maybe the most important question from the reporter was how the existing Polaris users can benefit from K-Sim Navigation in the future: ‘The great news is that all Polaris users will have the opportunity to upgrade to K-Sim Navigation, whether they have an LTSSP agreement or not. Based on training requirements and the condition of the existing system, sales and customer support will evaluate and create a porting plan for each customer,’ responded Service Manager, Petter Buskland before champagne was brought in to celebrate the official launch of K-Sim Navigation.

Photo: Delegates at the User Conference in Houston, Texas

Assessment where they had compared simulator and live training. The research concluded that properly constructed scenario-based simulator exercises together with an effective performance assessment tool can present a cost-effective solution for: Assessing military team performance, Informing the effectiveness of military team A K-Sim Navigation demo-system training exercises and for Improvwas unveiled during lunch and del- ing military team effectiveness. egates were invited to try the product and of course ask the dedicated Parallel Sessions Kongsberg Maritime staff ques- While the first conference day only tions regarding the new features, had plenary sessions, most of day fidelities and porting options from two and three were divided into parallel sessions where delegates Polaris to the new product. could dive into topics of particuSimulation exercises for improv- lar interest. This year also included sessions for discussing the future ing Naval and Offshore teams More interesting presentations product road-map with specially took place after lunch. Per Larsen, invited Offshore and Navy cusSenior Instructor in Maersk de- tomers in order to ensure that the scribed Maersk’s strong focus on right priorities are taken for future team training through the use of product development. integrated simulators and how this is proven to save money because Impressive Simulator Tour at of increased knowledge and effi- STC ciency, whilst at the same time re- The visit to South Tyneside Colducing risk and incidents. Lt. Cdr. lege was also a highlight of the Frode Mjelde from the Royal Nor- conference. The college accomwegian Naval Academy presented plished a well prepared tour around a study on Team Performance the simulation facilities with live

demonstrations and hands-on activities sharing its extensive experience on the use of Kongsberg Maritime simulators for student training, customised courses and research purposes. The last day was rounded off by Kongsberg Maritime’s Customer support team presenting the ‘Train-the-trainer Concept’ and Customer Service Manager, Petter Buskland, who gave a presentation that emphasised Kongsberg Maritime’s continuing commitment to its customers through the Long Term System Support Program (LTSSP). This program gives leading providers of maritime education automatic access to annual updates, allowing them to maintain their position at the forefront of simulation technology. UC Houston, October The 28th annual User Conference of the Americas, hosting a crowd of about 60 delegates, took place in The Embassy Suites Hotel Galleria in Houston, Texas, October 12-15. After opening remarks from Paal Aamaas, Vice President Simulation and Conference Chair Clayton Burry, Vice President of


Sales and Acting General Manager, Americas, the sessions began with product updates from multiple Kongsberg Maritime representatives. Product Updates & News Product Manager, Leif Pentti Halvorsen, presented on K-Sim Engine and K-Sim Cargo. The presentation highlighted new models and features, including the M-11 Mak container model with a full 3-D walkthrough of the engine room. Other updates included presentations from Terje Heierstad on K-Sim Polaris, Soren Einar Veierland on K-Sim Offshore and Rich Fenner on database development. Kongsberg GlobalSim’s Jonathan McCurdy spoke about the importance of simulated training in port crane and material handling and how simulators can drastically improve safety and efficiency through the use of statistics collected from customers.


Parallel sessions on the following day gave customers a chance to partake in specific areas of interest including Engine Room, Dynamic Positioning (DP), Hydrodynamic Modelling, and Offshore Operations. This portion of the conference gave delegates an opportunity to communicate in an open forum, which received much praise from guests, as it was not only an opportunity to learn, but to collaborate as a team with Kongsberg Maritime.


UC Cebu, December The Asia Pacific Simulator User Conference took place at ShangriLa in Cebu, Philippines, December 2-4 and concluded Kongsberg Maritime’s wide-ranging conference program for 2015. In addition to many delegates from the Philippines, customers and partners from India, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Taiwan, China, Korea and Tasmania attended the 3-day program.

Tour to Simulation Training Centres The conference was officially The final day included tours of the opened by Erik Hovland, General Kongsberg Maritime Training Centre Manager, Kongsberg Maritime in Houston and San Jacinto College. Simulation, who welcomed all and The visit to the Training Centre was drew attention to the company’s led by the Centre’s Director, Bryan 200 years anniversary and the treHoyem, who gave an introductory mendous development made possipresentation on DP. Later, a tour of ble by dedicated employees and exhis facility culminated in an immer- tensive collaboration with the many sive tour of the newly installed Class customers world-wide. Hovland A K-Sim Offshore bridge, featuring then gave the word to the Royal a Class III K-Pos DP system. At San Norwegian Ambassador Erik FørnJacinto College, guests were wel- er, who among others addressed the comed by Captain Mitch Schacter, challenge of increasing the quality Another Successful K-Sim Navi- who with assistance by Lantec Ma- of training in the Philippines and gation launch in the Americas rine, allowed the attendants to wit- the country’s new regulation proShortly following the launch of K- ness an exercise using three Polaris gram to improve training institutes’ Sim Navigation was the User Ex- bridges and instructor station, com- standards. periences portion of the program. plete with a CCTV system. Continues on next page Also met with much enthusiasm, each experience gave delegates an opportunity to hear from five individuals who have utilised Kongsberg Maritime simulator technology. Robert Jackson, Engineering Technology Department Chair at California Maritime Academy, gave a presentation on the benefits of using Engine Room Simulators aboard maritime training vessels. Mr. Jackson was accompanied by four cadets from Texas A&M who also gave their experience using the technology from a student perspective, each stressing the benefits of simulated practice through Photo: Delegates at the User Conference in Cebu, Philippines the realistic 3-D capabilities.



This hot topic was also touched on while Kalyan Chatterjea, consultant by most of the Philippine speakers at the EMAS Academy presented during the conference. Behavioural Markers in training with K-Sim Offshore. Eddie Pai Meeting STCW Requirements from Evergreen in Taiwan spoke After this, the first day continued about the practice of ECDIS Trainwith Kongsberg Maritime Product ing and Capt. Yan Risuandi from Managers’ updates, training trends the Judge of Maritime Court in Jaby Chris Baldwin from IMCA and karta addressed the need for more many excellent user presentations simulator training for Indonesian with different topics and angles. cadets in his speech. V.Adm Eduardo Santos presented MAAP’s training of simulator in- After lunch the program continued structors and assessors according with topics like the importance of to IMO model course 6.10. Dr. validation for simulator scenarios Atty. Capt. Alvin Tormon from by Joseph Raluta from Bernhard the Maritime Industry Authority Schulte Shipmanagement and a (MARINA) in the Philippines told very interesting demo by Gerardo about MARINA’s role as the single Galang, MAAP, on how they develmaritime administration mandated op buildings and items with the use to implement and enforce STCW of Kongsberg Maritime’s database Convention. The rules and regula- development tool. The Campus Ditions (RA 10635) will come into rector of the University of Cebu, force January 1st, 2015. Capt. Arnel Malaga, told about its successful use of senior students Day two featured presentations to run additional simulation trainfrom Deputy Director of NTC, Jo- ing. This was followed by Necesio eran Noestvik who focused on how Crisaldo Jr., Owner of Exceden and to reduce risk of DP incidents with Reynaldo Sabay, CEO of the New the use of K-Sim DP simulators, Simulator Centre, who presented


how they fully use the assessment capabilities of K-Sim Engine and K-Sim Polaris. During the third day around thirty delegates visited one of the campus site of the University of Cebu in Lapulapu-Mandue (UCLM) and were greeted by no less than their well known philanthropist and President Emeritus Augusto W. Go. After his welcome address the group toured the various facilities including the K-Sim Engine, Polaris and the ECDIS and GMDSS Trainers. Next year’s User Conferences The Annual European User Conference 2015 will take place in Gothenburg, September 22-24, while the User Conference of the Americas will be arranged in Orlando, Florida. The latter will arranged November 28 - December 1 and be concurrent with I/ITSEC, where Kongsberg Maritime will also hold an Armed Services Program. Our Asia and Pacific customers are welcome to join both these UC’s, since the Asia Pacific UC is held bi-annually, with the next one in 2016.

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