Kongsberg helps Dutch training facility to become operational

Feb 02 2018

Simwave and Kongsberg Digital have successfully completed the site acceptance test (SAT) of one of the largest, most advanced maritime simulation suites ever delivered.

The successful SAT, which took place on 19th January, means that the new Simwave Maritime Centre of Excellence, located at Barendrecht, Rotterdam, is now fully operational.

As the sole simulation technology partner in the development of the Simwave facility, Kongsberg Digital delivered the full scope of work in accordance with the contract awarded in April, 2017, which represented one of its most extensive deliveries to date.

Following the SAT, all technical aspects of the delivery, a unique new floor projection system and a complete integrated engine room, are operational.

Simwave’s training facility covers more than 5,000 sq m across two floors containing Kongsberg simulators, meeting rooms, offices and welfare facilities. The next step in the Simwave project is to develop a hotel complex on the top floor of the building for customers and trainees, enabling training to take place 24/7; a key component in Simwave’s approach to maritime training.

Simwave’s innovative and disruptive take on maritime training allows companies of any size to train in its integrated simulator park, either with their own instructors, Simwave instructors, or external instructors, all tailor-made to their needs.

The first training courses have already been concluded and the response to the Simwave service and the Kongsberg simulators has been wholly positive, the companies claimed.

“The first reactions from clients and participants have been overwhelming,” said Marcel Kind, Simwave managing director. “We have a team of educational and maritime specialists from around the world on hand and this dream team, our partnership with Kongsberg Digital and our long-term vision on how to improve the learning experience in the maritime sector enables us to bring new customer benefits to the training value chain.”

Kongsberg Digital’s full simulator scope of supply for the Simwave facility covers multiple full-mission and part-task simulators for ship’s bridge and engine room operations, all based on the latest simulator technology platforms.

The contract also includes a five-year long term system support programme (LTSSP), which guarantees dedicated support and access to technology updates, in addition to a planned mid-life upgrade at the end of the LTSSP.

“The partnership between Kongsberg Digital and Simwave brings possibilities for further development and allows Simwave to meet its full potential as the training centre of choice for the maritime industry,” said Tone-Merete Hansen, senior vice president, Maritime Simulation, Kongsberg Digital. “We are delighted to have completed installation of one of our largest integrated simulator deliveries ever in such a short time frame, due to dedicated and good co-operation between us and Simwave. We are looking forward to continuing our co-operation with Simwave in Rotterdam, and at new Simwave facilities planned for in the future.”

The Simwave on-site hotel in Rotterdam is planned be completed in 2Q18 and the location of the second Simwave centre is expected to be announced by the end of the year.


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