Kongsberg Maritime has released a new VLCC Double-Hull Cargo Handling Simulator
in order to address the present and future needs of the shipping industry and training
institutions across the world. The new double-hull model is developed following
20 years of the Kongsberg Maritime single-hull model, which has been delivered to
many training facilities world wide. It provides a much needed tool for training
in very complex full scale cargo, ballast and cleaning operations simultaneously.
Many enhancements over previous single-hull models have been made to provide
a simulation model suitable for modern, double-hull vessel design, many of which
have been directly requested by customers. These include the possibility to ‘remove’
the terminal whilst underway, and the ability to connect proper loading arms.
Exceeds customer expectations
in unison with the world’s maritime training institutions, Kongsberg Maritime is
able to steer its continuous simulation R&D in the direction the industry requires.
As a result of strong relationships and extensive simulation development experience,
Kongsberg Maritime can, as in the case of the new double-hull VLCC model answer
and exceed customer expectations.
Based on previous experience
“The VLCC fleet is now at approximately 40% single-hull so the time is right
for us to launch our new training solution for double-hull VLCCs,” states Arnstein
Bugge. “Our customers have been requesting a double-hull VLCC model so we have developed
a sophisticated system utilising our extensive single-hull model development experience.”
About the Accelerated Single-Hull Tanker Phase Out
New regulations affecting single hull tankers were adopted in December 2003 as
amendments to Annex I of the MARPOL Convention, following the November 2002 sinking
of the single-hull tanker ‘Prestige’ off the Spanish coast. More recently, the single-hull
tanker ‘Athos I’ spilled oil in the Delaware River on November 26, 2004, and many
in the US Congress now want the phase out of single-hull tankers accelerated from
2015 to 2010.