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Kongsberg and DNV GL partner on simulator product certificates

Kongsberg Maritime has entered into a partnership with class society DNV GL to issue product certificates for maritime simulator systems, required by maritime training providers in order to meet flag state requirements under STCW regulation I/12.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}According to Regulation I/12, simulators used for mandatory simulator-based training or as a means to demonstrate competence during assessment need to be approved by the relevant maritime administration. In addition to a statement of compliance issued to a simulator manufacturer, a product certificate issued to the simulator training provider is required for compliance.

Kongsberg says that, due to time and logistical challenges, product certificates cannot always be produced, while approval of simulator installations by classification societies also adds significant costs to the process.

The new partnership aims to make obtaining a product certificate more efficient and less costly. Kongsberg will provide certification support for DNV GL, who will continue to issue product certificates based on: A valid statement of compliance to the manufacturer; document evaluation (hardware and software) of the installed simulator; and a site acceptance test by the manufacturer based on approved test programs.

Kongsberg will be responsible for developing and submitting these documents to DNV GL, as well as ensuring the accuracy of the paperwork. DNV GL is responsible for evaluating the documents and deciding whether the marine simulator complies with the standards for issuing the product certificate.

Annual tests to retain the certificate and tests for renewal and upgrades at the end of the validity period will be handled directly between the training provider and DNV GL, who will also advise on maintaining certification during and following the initial period.

“We have experienced many misunderstandings on the STCW I/12 requirements, which have created a high cost for the training providers needing to get the simulators approved by a classification society after the actual installation is in place,” said Nils-Gunnar Boe, head of SeaSkill, DNV GL.

“With cooperation with trusted and approved manufacturers like Kongsberg, we believe we have found a good solution to efficiently issue the product certificate and to reduce the cost of this service.”{/mprestriction}

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