Offshore vessels are continuously growing in size and complexity, and recruiting deck officers with the necessary skills and experience is proving more and more difficult. Training in onshore simulators is being used to improve maneuvering skills.
SMSC now makes it possible to move this technology on to the actual vessel, enabling training on simulated operations onboard your own vessel. The patented innovation is named, the Onboard Training System (OTS) and is developed in close cooperation with Simon Møkster Shipping AS with support from Innovation Norway.
With the OTS concept, the vessel is controlled in a normal manner by a deck officer on the bridge, either by the use of manual controls or by the use of Dynamic Positioning (“DP”). The vessels motions and position in the virtual world is calculated based on input from the vessels navigational aids (minimum GPS and Gyro) and shown on a dedicated screen. While the vessel is actually in safe, open waters, the virtual world can contain imaginary objects and installations (such as rigs, buoys, piers, etc.) that are shown on the screen. Using this setup, the DP operator can simulate approach to a platform or other installations, docking the ship at any port, navigate in narrow and constricted waters, and a number of other operations.
The OTS-prototype has been tested on board Simon Møkster’s vessel “Strilmøy”.
Operation Manager Nils A. Liaaen at Simon Møkster Shipping AS;
“We place a great emphasis on safety onboard all of our ships, and we see the correlation between relevant training and improved skills of our personnel. We are particularly looking for three things; familiarization with equipment and vessel, “flight time” on DP, and practice on incidents like interruptions, system errors and so forth”