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LNG Dual Fuel simulator model under development

Kongsberg Digital, the new Kongsberg software and maritime simulation technology division, has signed contracts with Sweden’s Chalmers University of Technology, Kalmar Maritime Academy and Linnaeus University that include the development of a new LNG (Dual Fuel) Cruise Ferry simulator model for the K-Sim Engine simulator platform.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The new K-Sim Engine model is scheduled to be delivered in the first quarter of 2017, in line with upcoming changes in regulations. Handling LNG fuel and other low-flashpoint fuels on ships will become part of maritime training standards next year, following IMO’s addition of aspects of the International Code of Safety for Ships using Gases or other Low-flashpoint Fuels (IGF Code), including LNG fuel handling and bunkering, to STCW.

“Our aim is to support the industry to meet new STCW requirements while leveraging the benefits of Dual Fuel engines through high quality training,” said Henrik Pahlm, lecturer at Chalmers University.

“The new LNG Cruise Ferry simulator model for the K-Sim Engine simulator is the perfect platform to achieve this, as it enables detailed, realistic simulation based on the real engine room configuration. It will give engineers a complete understanding of the complexities, risks and hazards of dual fuel engines, helping them to deliver safe and efficient operations on board.”

Kongsberg’s model will contain the major training areas for bunkering and operation of a cruise ferry with a dual fuel set-up, with training for LNG-fuelled vessel crews to allow them to recognise risks and be aware of specific points of attention related to LNG and the operation of related systems.

“We’re developing a highly accurate model to enable training for a vessel power configuration that is becoming more commonplace,” said Leif Halvorsen, product manager, Kongsberg Digital.

“In addition to general operation of the engines, the simulator will provide LNG-bunkering operations (shipboard) training in a safe and controlled manner, enabling crews to recognise potential problems and handle emergency situations.”{/mprestriction}

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