Offshore Heavy Lifting to Reach New Heights


Heerema Marine Contractors (HMC) has selected Kongsberg Maritime’s K-Sim Offshore simulation platform to enhance crane operator training and the safe, efficient implementation of heavy lift operations.

 
With the contract signed on May 21st 2014, delivery of what will become the world’s most advanced offshore heavy lift crane simulator is planned for September 2015.

Artists impression of the offshore crane operator dome
Artists impression of the offshore crane operator dome

It will be installed at a new simulation centre in the HMC Academy at the company’s HQ in Leiden, the Netherlands.

As one of major international offshore oil and gas marine contractors specialising in transporting, installing and removing offshore facilities, HMC’s requirement when selecting its simulation partner was to develop a system that could train the most competent crane operators and conduct detailed pre-mission training for heavy-lift projects.

To meet these requirements, Kongsberg Maritime will develop a unique simulator based on the K-Sim Offshore platform, which is already in use at several high-profile offshore training facilities worldwide.

Artists impression of the view from the crane operator cabin
Artists impression of the view from the crane operator cabin

The Kongsberg Maritime scope of supply includes two offshore crane operator domes and a DNV Class A bridge with K-Sim DP simulator, which is based on the same Kongsberg Maritime K-Pos DP systems used on Heerema’s vessels.

To achieve highly realistic training, the K-Sim Offshore simulator will feature detailed models of three HMC deepwater construction vessels; Thialf (Semi-Sub), Balder (Semi-Sub) and Aegir, in addition to several barges (including H-851) and a supply vessel.

Press Release, July 9th, 2014; Image: Kongsberg

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