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French Maritime Vocational School to install engine room simulator

Marine engineering students at Lycée Maritime d'Etel, using the Kongsberg Maritime K-Sim Engine Simulator Marine engineering students at Lycée Maritime d'Etel, using the Kongsberg Maritime K-Sim Engine Simulator Photo: Lycée Maritime d'Etel

Lycée Maritime Jacques Cassard in Nantes has signed a contract with Kongsberg Maritime for the delivery of an Engine Room Simulator.

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The K-Sim Engine delivery will consist of an instructor station and eight student stations, with two engine models: MAN B&W 5L90MC L11 (Very Large Crude Carrier) and K-Sim Engine MaK 8M32C M11 (Trawler).

Lycée Maritime Jacques Cassard is the eighth of twelve French Regional Maritime Vocational Schools to use K-Sim Engine for maritime engine room training courses.

Full mission simulators are already installed at LPM of Boulogne-sur-Mer, LPM Ciboure and LPMA Jaques-Faggianelli to Bastia (Corsica), while five other schools including Nantes have chosen K-Sim Engine desktop systems.

"We will use the new K-Sim Engine ERS to train for marine engine operation from 750kW to at least 3000kW Engineer level according to STCW," said Mathieu Guillée , instructor at Lycée Maritime Jacques Cassard.

"K-Sim Engine is certified to STCW and IMO requirements. The fact that K-Sim Engine allows us to train to a very high level and that several other French schools already use it helped to make Kongsberg Maritime’s ERS the top choice for us."

Kongsberg Maritime notes that the 'instructor system' included in the package is a key component of the simulator set up.

For example, the recently installed K-Sim Engine at another French facility, LPMA d'Etel, allows students to virtually track faults and restore the engine to normal operations, as if they were in a real engine room on a 60 metre trawler, whilst giving control to the instructor.

"It’s like being in the heart of a true engine room," said Metayer Didier, professor at the Marine Engineering Faculty of Lycée Maritime d’Etel.

"As instructors, we can create our own engine failure scenarios based on real conditions, so the students must act accordingly by taking control and following the correct procedures."

"In this way, students will be drilled to handle emergencies with competence and precision in order to minimise the negative outcome of an incident."

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