French President François Hollande opens Kongsberg Maritime supplied simulator facility in Le Havre

On October 6th 2015, French President François Hollande attended the inauguration of France's École Nationale Supérieure Maritime's (ENSM) new maritime simulator facility in Le Havre, France. The state-of-the-art new building is customised and designed around a ‘ship' configuration, and features an extensive suite of ship's bridge and engine room simulators from Kongsberg Maritime

The simulator delivery contract was won in a competitive tender process this June, with the system delivered in September. ENSM's new simulators will enable instructors to implement advanced training scenarios for their students in a realistic ‘ship-in-a-school' environment with enhanced user benefits and improved capabilities. ENSM is the reference in France for civil maritime training, providing training according to International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and French flag requirements.

The integrated training solution includes a full mission K-Sim Engine simulator system built over two floors, in addition to four full mission ship's bridge simulators based on Kongsberg Maritime's K-Sim Navigation technology. The ship's bridge systems include a large DNV Class A bridge, integrated with KONGSBERG's K-Pos Dynamic Positioning system and a ship's bridge specially designed for tugging and inland waterway scenarios. By integrating the ship's bridge and engine room simulators, interdepartmental team training can be conducted in order to enhance interaction and vital communication skills between the different departments on board.

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The K-Sim Navigation ship's bridge simulator is a complete training system developed to meet the current and future training requirements of the maritime industry. It provides the most realistic and advanced ship's bridge simulator available exceeding the latest STCW and DNV requirements for the industry.

K-Sim Engine supports basic and advanced operational training, covering everything from getting underway and operation of auxiliary boiler and cargo turbines to teaching how to deal with abnormal situations and critical incidents. The flexible and modular design of the system provides the opportunity to add and upgrade additional capabilities in the future.

"This is a significant investment in simulation technology and will ensure our students are trained to the highest standards. Our requirement was for a total integrated solution which Kongsberg Maritime is able to supply with its advanced technology platform that will provide realistic and relevant training in various simulated conditions and environments," comments Jean-Pierre Clostermann, International development, ENSM.

"This is an important endorsement of Kongsberg Maritime's technology in France and builds on our existing relationship with ENSM while strengthening our presence in the country," added Kongsberg Maritime Simulation's Area Sales Manager, Sølvi Opthun. "Our simulator systems are recognised worldwide for their outstanding quality, versatility, high functionality and user friendliness and we're pleased they will be used to support ENSM's world-class training for competency in safe operations."

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