Kongsberg Maritime has developed a new way to train its customers wherever they
are in the world. The 'Portable Classroom' is a result of Kongsberg Maritime's commitment
to provide first-class training solutions and is intended to be used at customer
sites, Kongsberg Maritime Sites and onboard vessels.
First outing for the Portable Classroom was a operator and technical training course in Integrated Automation Systems
The Portable Classroom concept
The 'Training Box' is at the core of the Portable Classroom concept. This easy
to transport box is equipped with a single remote control system (RCU) and the most
common remote input/output (RIO) modules, which are interchangeable, depending on
the type of equipment installed in the vessel to be trained for. Additionally, ten
fully loaded laptop PCs are included, to act as operator stations during training.
“The box offers access to all the technical equipment and software required to
arrange hands-on training for our customers worldwide,” says Ingar Tveiten, one
of the course instructors behind this new concept at Kongsberg Maritime. “With all
the necessary tools available, we are able to improve the delivery and content of
our training, which helps the customer get even more value out of the onboard equipment
Extremely enthusiastic partisipants
The first outing for the Portable Classroom was a one-week operator and technical
training course in Integrated Automation Systems (IAS) for MaranGas in Athens, Greece.
The participants were extremely enthusiastic about the new concept and the content
of the course itself. Some of the comments received included: “It was great to train
on the same kind of equipment as used onboard,” and: “We weren't expecting to be
able to practice on our own operator stations.”
“I think the Portable Classroom will give us the flexibility we have been striving
to provide,” says Ingar. “Getting closer to the customer is essential and we are
now able to provide training to far more people than we have been able to in the
Committed to first-class training
Kongsberg Maritime is committed to providing first-class training as part of
its global support program. Kongsberg Maritime's courses and training activities
are based at company headquarters in Kongsberg with training centres for different
products in Horten, Trondheim - Norway, Aberdeen - UK, Macaé - Brazil, Houston -
USA, Singapore, Busan in South Korea and, as from the autumn, Dubai.
The Training Centre in Kongsberg was one of the first centres in the world approved
by the Nautical Institute. Last year, a total of 2500 customers participated in
Kongsberg Maritime courses.