DP World Australia's Melbourne terminal, the largest container terminal in Australia, is deploying new Vortex Port Equipment Simulators from CM Labs as part of an operator training program.
The new simulators include customised training modules for ship-to-shore (STS) and straddle carriers.
Training exercises cover tandem as well as standalone dual cycle training, with the simulators loaded onto a containerised dual simulator station that also incorporates an instructor operating station, featuring intercom and trainee documentation and tracking capabilities.
Michael Firmin, DP World Australia National Manager, Operations Efficiency, said: “The simulator has reduced our previous training programs for ship-to-shore cranes from average five months to six weeks with productivity increases that previously wouldn't be achieved within a 12-18-month period.
“These gains give our customer the advantages in an ever-challenging market. Now having the simulator, we can train in a safe environment that promotes zero damage and develops not only a competent but more efficient operator prior to going into the live environment.”