Kongsberg Maritime DP Simulator becomes first to achieve Class A DNV Approval

Latest round of simulator approvals includes DP and Ice Navigation.

Kongsberg Maritime's Polaris Dynamic Positioning simulator is the first to achieve DNV approval to the stringent Class A standard.

Kongsberg Maritime is proud to announce that its Polaris Dynamic Positioning simulator is the first to achieve DNV approval to the stringent Class A standard. The leading simulator developer has also achieved DNV approval to Class A standards for its Bridge Operation simulator including class notification of DP, Ice Navigation, High Speed Craft and Tug simulation.

Physical and behavioural realism

The new DNV certification for the Kongsberg Maritime Polaris Dynamic Positioning simulator and Polaris Ships Bridge simulator is according to new standards laid out in DNV Class A – Standard for Certification of Maritime Simulators No. 2.14 October 2007, which is based on the requirements of STCW Convention, Regulation I/12. The purpose of the DNV Class A approval is to ensure that the simulations provided by the simulators include an appropriate level of physical and behavioural realism in accordance with recognised training and assessment objectives.

"The Class A standard was developed as the pinnacle in simulation realism and quality," explains Capt. Aksel D. Nordholm, Manager - Simulator Certification, DNV SeaSkill™. "Kongsberg Maritime is a key participant in the scheme as the company recognises the importance of providing its customers and indeed the shipping and offshore industry with the best possible training tools. The new Class A approvals reflect the high levels of simulator realism and pedagogical value in the Polaris DP and the Polaris Ship's Bridge Simulator".

Class A standard

The latest approvals, which were awarded on 8th October 2009, come in addition to existing DNV Class A approvals for the Polaris Ship Simulator and the large portfolio of cutting edge Kongsberg Maritime engine room simulators, which became the first to achieve DNV approval to Class A standard, in January 2008.

Training value

"The Polaris Dynamic Positioning Simulator plays an important role in the recognised and certified DP training programs used by training institutes and offshore companies around the world. Whilst our Polaris Ship's Bridge Simulator, now with DNV classification for ice navigation, is used by many to train on navigation in extreme conditions such as the Arctic waters," comments Terje Heierstad, Product and Technology Manager, Simulation, Kongsberg Maritime. "For that reason we are constantly improving our simulators to harness the latest technology, in order to add training opportunities and value by providing the most realistic simulation possible."