CERONAV invests in high-performance DP simulators from Kongsberg Digital

Source: press release, 10 June 2020

The K-Sim DP simulator is built on the market-leading KONGSBERG DP technology
The K-Sim DP simulator is built on the market-leading KONGSBERG DP technology (photo: Kongsberg Digital)

Kongsberg Digital has signed a contract with Navtron for delivery of a K-Sim Dynamic Positioning simulator system to the maritime training centre CERONAV (Romanian Centre for Training and Development of Naval Transport Personnel) in Constanta, Romania.

CERONAV is investing in KONGSBERG’s K-Sim Dynamic Positioning simulators, which integrate with KONGSBERG’s well-reputed K-Pos Dynamic Positioning (DP) system. Forming a totally unique training system, simulating vessel behaviour, environmental conditions, thruster performance, position-reference system and sensors. It enables a realistic learning experience for students and supports DP training on all levels, including operator training according to Nautical Institute’s latest standards.

The delivery to CERONAV will comprise a K-Sim DP Manoeuvring (Class A) simulator to support advanced training and the DP Offshore training scheme, plus a further eight KONGSBERG K-Pos DP Basic (Class C) desktop simulators for basic DP training, including instructor stations to manage the exercises.

With the new suite of DP simulators, CERONAV will prepare for accreditation of its training centre and DP courses by the Nautical Institute. Ovidiu Sorin Cupsa, Associate Professor and General Manager, CERONAV, says, “Currently, our teaching activity is based on rules and regulations issued by the Romanian Ministry of Transport, and on documents developed within our Integrated Management System. However, in recent years our training programs have undergone an extensive review to enhance their content and to conform with conditions set by the Romanian Naval Authority, OPITO and – more recently – the Nautical Institute. KONGSBERG’s K-Sim DP simulators are already compliant with these requirements and will greatly facilitate our ability to deliver first-class training to our students, most of whom are crew with long experience as DP Operators at sea, with a need for retraining and internationally approved certificates.”

Tone-Merete Hansen, Senior Vice President, Kongsberg Digital, says, “The K-Sim DP platform is a powerful tool enabling the user to interface with the same information and settings as found on board a K-Pos equipped vessel. Common DP operations such as offshore loading, tug assistance, offshore supply and construction, subsea and dive support, drilling vessel station keeping and emergency manoeuvring can all be simulated, making onshore training a comprehensive, immersive and accurate learning experience. We are delighted that CERONAV has chosen K-Sim to help them deliver world-class training to their students.”

Due for delivery to CERONAV on 25 August 2020, the simulator will initially be installed at the Center’s existing premises before being relocated to a new, dedicated Offshore Marine Simulation facility on the shores of Lake Mamaia, when complete.