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Kongsberg simulators for Nigeria offshore training centre

Nigeria-based marine service provider PEM Offshore has ordered various simulation systems from Kongsberg Maritime for an offshore training centre to be located in Lagos.

The Norwegian company says that the multi-million dollar contract signed in early May covers a suite of Offshore Anchor Handling, Dynamic Positioning, Power Management and Crane Simulation systems.

PEM Offshore's new training centre will offer classes for Nigerian and foreign personnel involved in offshore oil and gas operations. It is accepting course registrations now for training commencing January 20, 2014.

Kongsberg Maritime says that it will supply PEM Offshore with simulation training technology identical to systems found on board many vessels. The delivery includes both DP Class B and Class C simulation trainers, allowing for dynamic positioning training for certification in accordance with Nautical Institute (NI), Det Norske Veritas (DNV) and International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) standards.

The PEM Offshore Training Centre will also be certified to DP Class A for use in sea-time reduction training, where time spent in simulator training reduces time required for live training at sea.

Kongsberg says that PEM Offshore has also invested in an instructor training programme and subscribed to a five-year system support programme.

PEM Offshore senior vice president, Philips Matthew, said: “As the hub of offshore activity in West Africa, Nigeria is a natural location for this facility.”

“Kongsberg Maritime is the undisputed leader in the offshore Industry when it comes to advanced technology and excellence in delivering training services. With Kongsberg at our side, we take great pride in announcing West Africa's first dedicated commercial Offshore Training Facility.”

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