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STCW firefighter training simulator introduced

Kongsberg Digital has announced its new simulator system, designed to train officers and crew in advanced firefighting for preparedness in accordance with STCW Code requirements.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}K-Sim Safety delivers practical exercises simulated in a realistic environment in compliance with STCW regulation VI/3, section A-VI/3 table A-VI/3-1, where methods for demonstrating competence in firefighting and search and rescue on board are described.

The simulator program is based on a 3D representation of a 152,000 dwt double hull Suez Max crude oil carrier with seven decks, which allows trainees to assess situations and determine the best response strategy, implement it and then observe the consequences of their decisions during a debriefing.

Integration with Kongsberg’s K-Sim Engine and K-Sim Cargo simulators, as well as K-Sim Navigation, also offers the possibility for crew resource training where actions on one simulator will directly affect others.

K-Sim Safety includes two separate fire team muster stations with a 3D virtual hotel and machinery space application, visualised in an interactive 3D walk-through animation of the engine room and four upper decks. It features object and equipment models combined with incidental visuals including fire and smoke, flooding, and missing persons.

During exercises, each fire team – consisting of a team leader, an assistant and two smoke divers – can walk around selected areas of the ship using an Xbox controller. Should the scenario call for smoke divers to split from the team, they can move to a separate area and continue the exercise using their own controllers and monitors.

The system includes the same instructor, monitoring and assessment system already used on Kongsberg’s K-Sim Engine and K-Sim Cargo simulators.

“Traditional fire safety training methods can be complex, costly and time consuming, placing pressure on both company and crew,” said Leif Pentti Halvorsen, vice president products, maritime simulation, Kongsberg Digital.

“By migrating training to a simulated environment using K-Sim Safety, ship officers and crew can experience an incident as if it happened in real-life, while maritime training providers can develop a more streamlined safety training strategy with a low investment and increased pedagogical value.”{/mprestriction}

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