The new software and maritime simulation technology division of Kongsberg, Kongsberg Digital, has signed contracts with Sweden’s Chalmers University of Technology, Kalmar Maritime Academy and Linnaeus University that include the development of a state-of-the-art LNG dual-fuel cruise ferry simulator model for the K-Sim Engine simulator platform.
The new K-Sim Engine is model is scheduled for delivery in 1Q17, and will help ensure readiness for incoming regulations. In 2017, the handling of LNG, as well as other low-flashpoint fuels on vessels, will become part of the maritime training standards.
Henrik Pahlm, a lecturer at Chalmers University, said: “Our aim is to support the industry to meet new STCW requirements while leveraging the benefits of dual-fuel engines through high quality training.
“The new LNG cruise ferry simulator model for the K-Sim Engine simulator is the perfect platform to achieve this, as it enables detailed, realistic simulation based on the real engine room configuration. It will give engineers a complete understanding of the complexities, risks and hazards of dual-fuel engines, helping them to deliver safe and efficient operations on board.”
Kongsberg’s model will contain the main training aspects for bunkering and operation of a cruise ferry that holds a multiple installation of the Wärtsilä 8L50DF medium speed (four stroke) dual-fuel (LNG) gas and diesel oil, generating power to a high voltage switch board. The model supports in-depth training for the crews of LNG-fuelled vessels, helping them recognise risks and be aware of particular points of attention related to LNG and operation of related systems.
Leif P. Halvorsen, Product Manager, Kongsberg Digital, said: “We’re developing a highly accurate model to enable training for a vessel power configuration that is becoming more commonplace.
“In addition to general operation of the engines, the simulator will provide LNG bunkering operations (shipboard) training in a safe and controlled manner, enabling crews to recognise potential problems and handle emergency situations.”
Edited from press release by David Rowlands
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