Approval for engine room simulators

Maersk crew face a K-Sim screen at the MOSAIC training centre Maersk crew face a K-Sim screen at the MOSAIC training centre

Kongsberg Maritime has received DNV-GL certification for three of its latest engine room simulator models, designed to provide in-depth training on its K-Sim Engine simulator platform.

The DNV GL-ST-033:2014-08 Maritime Simulator Systems certification, which is based on the on the requirements of STCW Convention, was given to the DE88 Oil Rig, DE66 Drill Ship and M42 AHTS K-Sim Engine models in June.

The DE88 and DE66 models were originally developed together with Maersk Drilling to meet the training needs of its new generation of advanced deep-water drilling units, at Maersk’s own MOSAIC training centre in Denmark. The DE88 model was designed based on the semisubmersible rig Maersk Developer and sister rigs Maersk Deliverer and Discoverer, while the DE66 model was based on the seventh-generation ultra-deepwater drillships Maersk Viking, Maersk Valiant, Maersk Venturer and the most recent Maersk Voyager.

The new models have advanced power management systems and systems to train understanding and operation of redundancy in complex DP operations.

According to Maersk Training instructor Per Larsen, the accuracy and fidelity of the engine room models are vital in order to provide full vessel training at MOSAIC: “Take for example contamination of the fuel supply.It affects all departments on the rig. The DP operators must ensure station keeping with the power they have left and quickly evaluate if they can keep position.

"The crane needs to stop operation and try to get the bulk hose disconnected so the supply boat can exit the 500m zone, whilst the drilling department needs to start securing the well and preparing for disconnection. So from an engine room perspective, everyone involved in the operation on board has to react to keep the vessel safe.”

Maersk Training is also one of several global users of the M42 AHTS K-Sim Engine model, which is based on a medium-speed engine room configuration from a modern AHTS vessel with four Krupp Mak medium speed engines and two controllable pitch propellers. The main objective for the model is to cover the operation and system understanding of the vessel’s configurations including the four main engines, which are geared down to two propellers, and four shaft generators with electrical transmission to switch boards and thrusters.

“We have the most extensive library of high-fidelity propulsion plants and engine models certified by DNV GL available today,” comments Leif Pentti Halvorsen, product manager, Kongsberg Maritime. “These latest approvals reflect the accuracy and pedagogical values of our latest engine room models, which have been designed to provide training for engineers whilst also being part of crew resource management exercises through the integration of K-Sim Engine with other Kongsberg simulators.”

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