Container shipping group Evergreen Marine is upgrading its training simulators with new technology and programs after renewing a long-term system support programme (LTSSP) with Kongsberg Digital for another 10 years
Evergreen Marine has used Kongsberg simulator solutions to train its crews at the Evergreen Seafarer Training Center for more than 20 years.
Kongsberg has committed to upgrade most of the K-Sim Bridge consoles and hardware in the Taiwan training centre. It will update ECDIS training facilities and replace a Polaris simulator with a K-Sim Navigation model to enhance accuracy and increase realism for optimal crew training and provide convincingly immersive simulation.
During an overhaul of the centre’s simulation technology, Kongsberg will update the existing full-mission engine simulator with a K-Sim Engine type which will include a new MAN 6S70ME engine model with a scrubber system and Kongsberg’s integrated automation system.
These investments will enable Evergreen Marine to refresh its curriculum and enhance crew training to achieve higher standards of operational and navigational competence.
“Our fleet consists of very large vessels which routinely have to sail in extreme weather conditions, so it is vital for our crews to be fully prepared to meet any challenges,” said Evergreen Marine junior vice president Eddie Pai.
This fleet includes some of the world’s largest container ships where navigation in congested and constrictive areas can be challenging, as Evergreen discovered when its container ship Ever Given grounded in the Suez Canal in March 2021.
“Over the past 20 years, the Evergreen Seafarer Training Center has worked tirelessly to improve the professional skillsets of crew members, broadening their knowledge base and sparing no effort in the drive to prevent accidents at sea and combat marine pollution,” he said.
“Kongsberg Digital will provide us with the most advanced simulation training equipment and any maintenance support we could ever require.”
Kongsberg Digital executive vice president for digital ocean Andreas Jagtøyen said this LTSSP is an example of a way forward to support crew-training systems.
“This is clear evidence of our long-term commitment to support the maritime industry, delivered by the combination of our simulators’ long product lifecycle and the extensive service provided by our 24/7 support network,” said Mr Jagtøyen.
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