New orders for sophistical simulation systems
Kongsberg Maritime Simulation Ltd., the St. John's, Newfoundland branch of Kongsberg Maritime's simulation division, has reported strong performance in the latter half of 2010 with the signing of several key contracts with Canadian customers, covering the whole spectrum from ship's bridge, dynamic positioning and radar simulators through to engine room and naval simulators.
In an extensive, multi-million dollar contract signed early October, Kongsberg Maritime will deliver a full suite of ship's bridge and engine room simulators at the Canadian Coast Guard College (CCGC) in Sydney, Nova Scotia. The ship's bridge simulator delivery to the CCGC includes a full mission DNV Class A, four DNV Class B simulators and a range of own-ship and area databases. The CCGC will also receive a full mission engine room simulator, together with eight desktop systems and a range of engine models. Kongsberg Maritime is also responsible for building and infrastructure arrangements prior to the installation, which is due to take place next year before a June 2011 commissioning.
"This is an important upgrade for the Canadian Coast Guard College which will provide them with the very latest simulation technology for their cadet training programmes," comments Kongsberg Maritime Simulation Ltd's Area Sales Manager, Clayton Burry. "With a growing student body and increasing demands on CCG operations, we are confident these systems will provide them with the necessary tools to meet Transport Canada certified training."
Kongsberg Maritime has also been contracted to upgrade bridge and engine room simulators at the Centre for Marine Simulation (CMS) in St. John's, Newfoundland, which is part of the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University. It will receive a full mission Neptune engine room simulator, complete with Kongsberg Maritime's BigView solution for slow and medium speed engine models, in addition to eight new desktop trainers. As part of the delivery, Kongsberg Maritime will modernise four NMS-90 ship's bridge simulators by integration of the Polaris simulation software platform and new MultiFlex technology - a touch screen based panel capable of displaying up to five software panels in place of hardware. The simulators, scheduled for delivery in December 2010, are certified to DNV standards and meet all requirements for Transport Canada approved training.
In another extensive contract, The Marine Campus of the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) in North Vancouver has selected Kongsberg Maritime to upgrade its engine room and ship's bridge simulators with a number of firsts for the College, including some for the industry. Among other items, BCIT will have the first full mission diesel electric engine room simulator in Canada and what is believed to be the only dedicated 360-degree tug bridge in the Americas. Ordered systems include a full mission Neptune engine room simulator and three full mission engine models, eight desktop systems, and seven new ship bridges with 120 degree horizontal visual field of view, in addition to the 360-degree tug bridge. A suite of full-mission and desktop dynamic positioning trainers will also form part of the delivery.
"Kongsberg is extremely pleased to be selected as a preferred supplier to CMS and BCIT on these significant upgrade projects. Our compliance with all regulatory requirements, close connection to the maritime industry and the strength of our company all contributed to our success in securing these contracts. I think our customers know we are totally committed to their success and will continue to strive to earn their business over the long term," adds Burry.
Kongsberg Maritime Simulation Ltd has also recently been awarded a contract by Lockheed Martin Canada (LMT:NYSE) to upgrade the Canadian Navy's shore-based ship's bridge simulation trainers in support of the Combat Systems Integration (CSI) portion of the Halifax-Class Modernization (HCM) project.
"We're delighted to have sealed so many contracts in Canada over the last few months," adds Kongsberg Maritime Simulation Ltd President Henry Tremblay. "The orders represent our long standing presence in Canada and commitment to the American maritime training community. This is fantastic news to be taking to our Simulator User Conference in Orlando at the end of November, where we are looking forward to meeting with all of our American and Canadian customers."