North Carolina Invests in Next-Gen Simulator


North Carolina Ports (NCP) has announced the arrival of a Vortex port equipment simulator, which will help the operator to prepare for handling “cargoes of the future”.

The new training solution from CM Labs Simulations – delivered to North Carolina in May 2019 – will run training packs for reach stackers and ship-to-shore (STS) cranes.

According to a statement, NCP has one of the highest crane productivity rates on the US East Coast with more than forty moves per hour across its facilities in Morehead City and Wilmington.

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In order to maintain this high level of efficiency, the operator installed two neo-Panamax cranes for loading and unloading of ultra-large container vessels (ULCVs). A third neo-Panamax crane is also set to be installed in 2019.

With NCP terminals undergoing “dynamic” development, an efficient and cost-effective method of training has becoming increasingly important.

Brian E. Clark, Chief Operating Officer at NCP, said: “The addition of the CM Labs Vortex Port Equipment Simulator is an important component of North Carolina Ports’ long-term improvements plan.

“The simulator serves as a critical training tool for current and future employees, allowing us to better prepare our employees for the cargoes of today and tomorrow by keeping in mind our core focus of safety, speed and efficiency.”



As part of the simulator, machine motion and vibrations are rendered using motion platforms, while the surround sound system delivers authentic equipment and environment sounds.

In addition to this, CM Labs also delivered its Instructor Operating Station (IOS), a solution that enables trainers to observe simulations from any angle, inject faults and weather conditions, and conduct an after-action review of trainee performance.

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The IOS also offers automated monitoring tools, including real-time recording and reporting of machine and performance data.

Seza Kouladjian, CM Labs Product Manager, added: “The multi-sensory experience, in tandem with true-to-life operating scenarios and best-practice guidance, has demonstrated its capacity to produce more productive operators than live equipment training alone can provide.

“The IOS lets managers and trainers customize the built-in scoring system and establish their own benchmarks, according to the operator attributes they want to target.”

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