Taking Ship Simulation on the Road

Capt. Philip McCarter, Associate Dean of BCIT-Marine Campus, discusses the use of simulation to train operators of autonomous vessels and how it could impact the role of traditional marine certification for deck, navigation, engine and emergency response

By Gisleide Bitencourt and Stephen Kelly 07-03-2017 01:23:52

In June, Kongsberg's SimConnect 2017 touched down in the Americas with locations in Dania Beach, Florida and Vancouver, British Columbia. This regional seminar served to highlight Kongsberg’s technology roadmap and demonstrate the training possibilities of simulation to, instructors, industry partners, armed forces and the merchant marine.

Senior product advisors from Kongsberg's offices in Horten, Norway showed audiences the advancements of K-Sim Navigation, Engine Room, Cargo and Ballast products and how these platforms fit into a broader ecosystem within Kognifai, Kongsberg's cloud-based application service. Guest speakers presented a variety of topics including the use of simulation training for pilotage operations, support of autonomous vessels, hydrodynamic and port studies. 

After lunch, delegates toured customer sites at their respective events – STAR Center in Dania Beach and the British Columbia Institute of Technology – Marine Campus. Guests had the opportunity to tour full mission facilities, ask questions to senior instructors and experience live training scenarios. SimConnect was a resounding success and will serve to complement the Global User Conference in years to come.

Engine Room Tour at STAR Center (Clayton Burry)

Gisleide Bitencourt and Stephen Kelly are area sales managers for Kongsberg Digital Simulation. 

The opinions expressed herein are the author's and not necessarily those of The Maritime Executive.