The university has a Long-Term-Service-Support-Programme with Kongsberg Maritime, which allows for software upgrades, however Kongsberg Maritime has additionally been awarded a contract for extension of the existing main ship’s bridge simulator with a new 6 DOF (degrees of freedom) motion platform, more visual channels and integration with a DNV class A Dynamic Positioning (DP) simulator.
UiT will offer students and external partners a range of courses within navigation and ship manoeuvring, including ice-navigation, ice management, emergency, search & rescue and operations in the Artic and harsh environments.
Kongsberg says that the expansion of new simulator capabilities will enable the university to meet demands from ship owners and oil & gas companies operating in Northern Norway and arctic waters, especially in light of the growing interest for exploration and production in the high north.
UiT will also be using the simulators in studies related to Maritime Operations such as human factors, fatigue studies, sub-sea research and seamanship/organisation development including ice-management studies.
“The simulator upgrade will contribute to raise the quality of seafarers educated at UiT and in addition strengthen our position within advanced studies in human factors, and the maritime and polar environment,” said Bjørn Batalden, lecturer at UiT.