The Great Barrier Reef International Marine College has awarded the tender to deliver a state of the art Simulation Centre at its Portsmith facility to Kongsberg Maritime Ship Simulation (KMSS).
Kongsberg Maritime was one five tenderers invited to submit a bid to supply the simulator, which will be a signature facility at the College.
Project Manager Kim Andersen said the multi-million dollar simulator suite, funded by the Queensland State Government as part of the New Deal for Cairns initiative, was a DNV Class “A” full mission bridge simulator, explaining that “the simulator at the College will have 270o field of view provided by seven 80” television screens plus two 60” screens for rear view.”
“The system also incorporates a tug bridge simulator, a NAV LAB with eight desktop part task bridges, an instructor’s station and debrief room,” Kim said.
The flexibility of the simulator is quite extraordinary. It comes with multiple ship models to select from which will enable it to simulate a wide range of vessels from a 13 metre Game Boat, Super Yacht, high speed catamaran, patrol boat, coastal cargo vessels, or even a large oil tanker.
Similarly, there are 16 different ports that can be utilised as sailing areas. All major Australian Ports are modelled including the Strait of Malacca which Kim stresses is also a critical training area as it is one of the most important and busiest shipping lanes in the world.
The Kongsberg Maritime suite of simulators will provide the perfect tool for instructors to train masters to navigate a ship through the Torres Strait, or to pilot a 1,500 passenger cruise ship into Cairns Port. And if need be, another student can be in the Tug Bridge manoeuvring the tug.
Sales and Marketing Director of Kongsberg Maritime Mark Stuart Treen said that Kongsberg Maritime was proud to have been selected as the partner of choice in this highly competitive tender.
“The GBR International Maritime College will benefit from our large simulator user base in Australia because it will provide them with an environment in which they can share and benefit from each other’s strengths, instructors, course material and students.” Mark said.
Kongsberg Maritime will be installing the simulator during January with the aim of commencing instructor training on 24th January.
Kim Andersen 0408 187 291