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Kongsberg delivers simulator to VDAB

Kongsberg Digital has signed a contract with the Flemish Service for Employment and Vocational Training (VDAB) in Belgium for the delivery of a K-Sim Full Mission Fishery Simulator for beam trawling.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The simulator replicates the working environment, equipment, and operational processes of a fishing vessel bridge and deck to offer a thorough and real learning experience.

K-Sim Fishery includes applications to support fishing methods such as trawling, purse seine and long line. VDAB has requested a solution specifically for beam trawling where stability calculation of the vessel during operation of the beam trawl and booms is included to replicate the working conditions on board this type of vessel.

The K-Sim Fishery simulator will augment and complement VDAB’s two DNV GL Class B bridge simulators and six part-task bridge simulators. Combined with K-Sim’s dynamic load prediction and compensation functionality, the simulator will improve perception and provide a broader understanding of the forces that can impact upon a beam trawler under given circumstances. Simulator training will engender familiarity with vessel behaviour when crews are releasing or hauling in trawl nets, or when instructor-implemented malfunctions occur, such as nets becoming snagged on underwater obstacles.

Kongsberg Digital will include high-fidelity mathematical models of trawls, winches, wires, MARELEC D Protec, trawl control system, Genavir netting and auxiliary equipment, and visual system. DNV GL Class A-certified elements including ECDIS (Electronic Chart Display and Information System), RADAR/ARPA, emergency and distress signals will be fully integrated along with a multibeam echo sounder from Kongsberg’s Simrad brand.

Harald Kluken, area sales manager, Kongsberg Digital, said: “We invested a great deal of forethought, time and effort in ensuring that the beam trawler simulation technology is as adaptable and realistic as possible. The K-Sim Fishery Simulator represents a move into a new training sector for Komgsberg, where we feel our technology will deliver value in honing operational and navigational skills while drastically reducing the likelihood of accidents.”

VDAB is the second client to invest in K-Sim Fishery Simulator following agreements by the Lofoten Vocational School in Norway and several more organisations planning to order.{/mprestriction}

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