The Regional Maritime University (RMU) has awarded Kongsberg Maritime a contract to deliver its K-Sim® Engine simulator for its premises in Accra, Ghana. The highly advanced Full Mission Engine Room Simulator (ERS), which is due for delivery in May 2014 will enable RMU to provide education according to STCW requirements.
RMU is a tertiary institution that gained university status in October 2007. It exists to enhance development of the maritime transport sector and the fishing industry in member states through the maritime education of students, training of marine personnel, research and consultancy and promotion of maritime co-operation.
"One of the drivers for acquiring a new generation ERS was to promote regional co-operation in the maritime industry, focusing on training to ensure sustained growth and development," comments Augustus Addy-Lamptey, Ag Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, RMU. "The technical capabilities of K-Sim® Engine and the long-term training possibilities it gives us will help us to reach our goal of becoming known and recognised as the tertiary institution of choice in advanced maritime education and training, in Africa and beyond."
The K-Sim® Engine delivery for RMU comprises a full-mission ERS approved by DNV-GL according to Standards for Certification 2.14 (2011). Demonstrating the flexibility of K-Sim® Engine, four vessel models will be available on the simulator: Trawler, Ferry, Anchor Handling Tug and Supply vessel (AHTS), and a low speed VLCC. Kongsberg Maritime will also deliver eight K-Sim® Engine desktop stations, with Ferry, High Speed Craft with waterjet, AHTS vessel and VLCC models installed.
"In addition to commercial vessel training, the RMU wants to start focusing on the offshore industry, so they ordered the AHTS model, our latest K-Sim® Engine model," comments Harald Kluken, Area Sales Manager, Kongsberg Maritime Simulation. "By providing multiple vessels on the same simulator configuration, we have been able to develop a very cost-effective delivery for RMU, which combined with recognition of our technology leadership and ability to become a long term partner helped to ensure our success in this international bid."
K-Sim® Engine is in operation at maritime and offshore training institutes world-wide. It offers a wealth of functionality and configuration possibilities. Functionality at RMU includes 3D applications for Kongsberg Maritime's BigView interactive mimic panel system, which can visualise in 3D, i.e., fire in a compartment as well as the impact of fire fighting actions.
The simulation models feature compressors, purifiers auxiliary generators, oil fired boilers and main engine along with all control, monitoring, emergency and alarm functions –simulated to high degrees of physical realism and meeting DNV requirements. The Engine control room console also features a separate simulated CCTV for flue gas indication.