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    Heerema to acquire sophisticated crane simulator

    Training // July 11, 2014

    Heerema Marine Contractors (HMC) has selected Kongsberg Maritime’s K-Sim Offshore simulation platform to enhance crane operator training and implementation of heavy lift operations.

    Delivery of what Kongsberg claims will be 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.

    Heerema was seeking a simulator that could be used to train 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.

    Kongsberg Maritime's scope of supply includes two offshore crane operator domes and a DNV Class A bridge with K-Sim DP simulator, based on the same 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 (a semi-sub), Balder (a semi-sub) and Aegir (a monohull), in addition to several barges (including H-851) and a supply vessel.

    Supporting Heerema’s plans to use the simulator for project planning, testing and 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. These include lifting Jackets, topsides 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 teamwork between the crane operator and deck operators.


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