The simulator delivery will be based on Kongsberg's established, market-leading K-Sim technology, featuring one Class A Bridge, two Class B Bridges (one with specific tug functionality) and four Class C ECDIS simulators (with an option for a further two).
The ship's bridge simulators will be integrated with the existing engine simulators, enabling the Institute to extend its already diverse course portfolio with Crew Resource Management training. With state-of-the-art Kongsberg simulators working together, the Institute can offer integrated training for bridge and engineering students covering daily operations and emergency scenarios throughout the whole vessel.
The ship's bridge simulator suite will also become a local facility for pilot training. To support this, Kongsberg and the Institute will further develop and tune existing area databases covering Nelson, Picton, Queen Charlotte Sounds and Wellington, enabling pilots to train on accurate, highly realistic models to ensure safe and efficient navigation in their home operational areas.
"Our new Kongsberg K-Sim ship's bridge simulators incorporate the latest maritime training technology, enabling a truly integrated training experience, connecting not only multiple bridges, but also the engine room via our K-Sim Engine simulators," said Monique Day, Head of Department - Primary Industries, Maritime and AVT at Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology. "It is important to ensure our simulators remain cutting-edge so it was a natural step for us take the extensive long term support program, which includes moving to K-Sim Navigation in the future."
"Through our new contract with the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology, Kongsberg Digital is now the simulation technology partner to two of the three maritime training institutes in New Zealand," said Tone-Merete Hansen, Vice President - Maritime Simulation, Kongsberg Digital. "We are the preferred supplier across the Australasian region due to the proven capabilities of our simulator technology and our commitment to being a long term partner, helping our customers to continue developing their training portfolios using simulators designed to meet the changing demands of the maritime industry."