New engine room simulators for gas as fuel

Nov 30 2013


“The ever increasing cost of conventional marine diesel and heavy fuel bunkers and new exhaust gas emission regulations is forcing ship operators to move to liquid gas fueled propulsion systems,” said Graham Wagstaff, Business Development Manager Techsim, Transas Marine.

As a result, Wagstaff said that the training of marine engineers and operators in these complex new systems is essential. To meet the emerging training needs Transas has developed a new simulator platform for its technical simulators - Techsim.

He claimed that Techsim has high fidelity mathematical modelling and realistic control interfaces.

Transas is currently developing a new series of engine room and cargo handling simulators to meet emerging training needs. An entirely new LNG steam ship is in production and will be launched early in 2014.

Following this, a diesel-electric dual fruel ship will be developed ready for service mid- 2014. This development will lead to a series of LNG propelled vessels.

Traditionally, simulator training is conducted in shore based training establishments. “Why not bring training to the student?” Wagstaff asked.

The Transas Techsim platform is capable of operating on a single PC allowing training to be provided in company offices, or on board ship.

“Distance learning and on board systems can also offer a cheap, flexible and effective solution for the training and competence assessment of engineers and operators,” he concluded.

Meanwhile, Transas Marine has continued to install simulators in training facilities worldwide.

 

Tanker machinery

Among the latest equipment to be installed was a full mission engine room simulator at Institute of Technical Education (ITE), Singapore. With the installation of this simulator, ITE will be able to train students to operate the machinery of a MAN B&W 60MC Tanker LCC.

During this course, students will learn to perform basic maintenance of electrical equipment, align, install and repair marine machinery, maintain marine control circuits, verify measuring instruments, perform quality control and assurance, design and fabricate jigs and fixtures, inspect ship systems and machinery components, supervise work on machining systems, plus assisting to execute commissioning and testing activities.

Students, who will have accomplished the course, will receive a certificate, allowing them to advance their careers as marine supervisors and foremen (mechanical).

Wagstaff, said: “Transas has completed the installation of a full mission engine room simulator at the prestigious Singapore Institute of Technical Education (ITE). The full mission simulator will be used to teach the operation and trouble shooting of marine propulsion, auxiliary and electrical equipment. Having identified faults in the simulator, students from the Higher Marine engineering course will carry out repairs on real equipment located in the state of the art training workshop.”

Another installation will soon be completed at the Arabian Gulf Academy For Maritime Studies, located in Basra - the biggest Iraqi port: Transas will install an engine room simulator ERS 5000, a GMDSS simulator and a Radar/ARPA simulator.

Using ERS 5000, trainees can receive training based on a general cargo vessel model, including a general cargo propulsion and electric plant simulation. The classroom is equipped with 14 workstations.

In September, Transas helped to upgrade the NY Vaptsarov Naval Academy at Varna, Bulgaria.

The training centre was recently upgraded with the extended Transas navigational simulator NTPRO 5000, installation of a full-mission engine room simulator (ERS 5000), GMDSS class simulator, and vessel traffic management system (VTMS) simulator.

The new setup is claimed to create a ‘total ship’ environment with a real-time connection between the navigational and engine room simulators, where two main units can interact with each other during training exercises.



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