Wärtsilä is set to launch an LNG bunkering and supply system simulator to realise greater safety across the industry
Wärtsilä’s new LNG Bunkering & Supply System simulator is based on the design of its LNGPac and Gas Valve Unit technologies, and includes all auxiliary systems used in connection with the fuel supply. The design adheres to STCW requirements for training seafarers on board gas-fuelled ships to standards demanded by the International Code of Safety for Ships using Gases or other Low-flashpoint Fuels (IGF Code).
Operations related to the use of LNG fuel, from bunkering to gas fuel supply and engine operations, and troubleshooting are simulated.
“As the move towards LNG fuel gathers pace in the marine industry, it is essential that crews are thoroughly and expertly trained on handling the related systems,” says Wärtsilä Voyage Solutions manager Sergey Tarasov.
According to Wärtsilä, the simulator provides a realistic representation of the user interface for remote and local operating posts, and animated 3D visualisation to facilitate situational awareness training. A ready prepared set of scenarios for tutorials and assessments is available as an additional option.
There are some 378 vessels in operation, under construction or on order that will use LNG as fuel, according to DNV GL. The number of shipowners opting for LNG-fuelled vessels is expected to grow in the years ahead, supported by the development of global LNG refuelling infrastructure and driven by stricter emissions regulations.
Installed at maritime academies in Finland, Italy and Malaysia, the Wärtsilä LNG Bunkering & Fuel Supply System simulator is available as a one-off purchase or on an annual subscription basis. It is part of the Wärtsilä ERS 5000 Engine Room Simulator (TechSim 5000) product line, which includes engineroom and liquid cargo handling simulators that have been installed in training centres around the world. The simulator is used for engine room familiarisation, system layout, control system and automation, alarm and safety system, watchkeeping and troubleshooting, emissions control and fuel economy management and vessel resource management.
The LNGPac simulator enables different configurations tailored to the customer’s needs. The simulator can also be used for inhouse training by shipowners and ship management companies, according to the manufacturer.