Kongsberg Digital will upgrade and extend the K-Sim Navigation simulators at the Panama Canal Authority’s Centre for Simulation, Research and Maritime Development (SIDMAR)
Equipped with the new technology, the Panama City-based centre will be able to include multiple vessels in training scenarios and extend the realism of the simulator training provided for pilots and tug masters.
Kongsberg Digital executive vice president digital ocean, Andreas Jagtøyen said “We’ve enjoyed a fruitful working relationship with the Panama Canal Authority for many years and it’s satisfying to know we can continue providing SIDMAR with our cutting-edge simulation technology, which will now be integrated for multi-vessel training scenarios. The commitment the Authority has shown with this large-scale K-Sim extension and upgrade confirms its faith in our simulation technology and bodes very well for our ongoing mutual development.”
The centre’s main K-Sim Navigation simulator will be upgraded with new visual image generation, display and projection systems, and an array of new consoles and hardware panels. A new floor projection system will be installed to replicate the port and starboard views from the bridge wings.
Kongsberg said this feature will allow trainee officers on the main bridge to monitor the tugs and pilot boats in demanding port and tug manoeuvring scenarios with vessels in close proximity.
Two new K-Sim Navigation bridge simulators are also included with the delivery. One will be configured to duplicate a full-mission tugboat bridge with the capability of simulating various types of tug propulsion systems including Voith, Schottel and Azimuthing stern drive.
360° vertical displays on the new bridge simulators will enable student tug masters and pilots to train together with crew members on the main bridge, while a new CCTV system and instructor stations will make the creation and individual assessment of exercises more accurate.
The upgrade is scheduled for August 2021.
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