The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) will upgrade and extend its simulator programme to include multiple vessels in training scenarios at its Centre for Simulation, Research and Maritime Development (SIDMAR).
The ACP has signed a contract with Kongsberg Digtial to extend its K-Sim Navigation simulator, allowing extension of the realism of the simulator training provided for pilots and tug masters.
Due to be rolled out for August 2021, the centre’s main K-Sim simulator will be upgraded with new visual image generation and display/projection systems, as well as an array of new consoles and hardware panels.
A new floor projection system will also be installed to replicate the port and starboard views from the bridge wings.
The feature will allow trainee officers on the main bridge to monitor the tugs and pilot boats in demanding port and maneuvering scenarios with vessels in close proximity, for example.
Two new K-Sim Navigation bridge simulators are included with the delivery.
One simulator will be configured to duplicate a full-mission tugboat bridge with capability of simulating various types of tug propulsion systems including Voith, Schottel, and Azimuthing Stern Drive (ASD).
The 360° vertical displays on the new bridge simulators will enable student tug masters and pilots to train together with crew members on the main bridge.
Andreas Jagtøyen, EVP, Digital Ocean, Kongsberg Digital, said, “We’ve enjoyed a fruitful working relationship with the Panama Canal Authority for many years.
“The commitment the authority has shown with this large-scale K-Sim extension and upgrade confirms its faith in our simulation technology and bodes very well for our ongoing mutual development.”