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South Korea boosts maritime training with Kongsberg Digital contracts

The delivery of K-Sim Offshore and DP simulators to KIMFT is just one of four scheduled for Korea in 2021. The delivery of K-Sim Offshore and DP simulators to KIMFT is just one of four scheduled for Korea in 2021.

Kongsberg Digital (KDI) has announced four successive contracts with maritime training centres, schools, and universities in South Korea.

In the first quarter of 2021, the successful delivery of K-Sim Offshore and DP simulators to the Korea Institute of Maritime and Fishery Technology (KIMFT) was closely followed by the handover of K-Sim Mooring simulators to the Busan Techno Park foundation, an organisation dedicated to the development of mid- and long-term strategies and policies for local industries.

KDI has also recently been awarded contracts by two of Korea’s most distinguished educational establishments. In June and July respectively, Busan National Maritime High School and Incheon National Maritime High School both commissioned KDI to deliver K-Sim Navigation ship’s bridge simulators in Q4 2021.

The four new contracts consolidate a mutually rewarding relationship with South Korean training institutes. This relationship received an earlier boost in 2019, when a full suite of KDI simulator systems was delivered to the Korea Maritime and Ocean University (KMOU) and Mokpo National Maritime University (MMU) for installation on two identical training ships: Segero and Hannara.

KIMFT, which is a new investor in KDI technology, will be using the K-Sim simulators to train researchers and industry personnel in a complete series of offshore and dynamic positioning operations. Incheon National Maritime High School, another new KDI customer, will be deploying its K-Sim Navigation ship’s bridge simulators to provide students with highly realistic training using vessels, objects and equipment that behave and interact as they would in real life.

Meanwhile, Busan Techno Park and Busan National Maritime High School will be expanding its existing range of K-Sim simulators to enhance interoperability. By utilising add-on features on the advanced and dynamic new devices such as offshore mooring, the oil-spill function and SMART objects, the simulators will be equipped to accommodate new technologies as they emerge.

“These contracts are all very important for KDI, securing our market leading position for maritime training in Asia,” said Andreas Jagtøyen, executive vice president digital ocean, Kongsberg Digital. “South Korea is a key global player in the journey towards Maritime 4.0, with its highly successful shipbuilding and ship-owning companies. By securing these contracts, KDI has gained valuable partners to support the industry in this venture. This is a country also having a large offshore and fishing fleet, and we are confident that KDI simulator training will be of vital importance in supplying this industry with the best-qualified and most efficient crew and operators for many years to come.”

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