The STC Group, the largest maritime training institution in Holland has opened the doors to its brand new 2300m² simulator facility in Rotterdam. The facility fully occupies the first floor of the new 15 floor college building prominently located at the Maas riverside in the centre of Rotterdam. The new simulator centre is built on an extensive, state-of-the-art package of simulation technology and services from, amongst others, Kongsberg Maritime.
STC, which has over 3500 day students in Rotterdam and offers over 2000 course modules awarded the contract to provide simulators and support to Kongsberg Maritime in February 2005. Installation was completed in August, with a site acceptance test signed on 9th September 2005. The new premises was officially opened by HRH the Prince of Orange on 30th September 2005.
We required our new simulation centre to provide the most advanced transport, port, dredging and maritime training possible. After careful evaluation of the market and based on an already positive relationship, we chose Kongsberg Maritime to deliver the upgrade and extension of our simulators. We have modified and extended our Engine Room simulators as well as our Inland Waterways simulators, our Ships Bridge simulators and our Cargo Handling simulators, says Jan S. Bakker from STC. The new and upgraded simulators will enable our students to gain even more out of their training, and ultimately help to make more competent, skilled and safety conscious officers and engineers, which is a benefit to the whole maritime and transport industry.
Our simulator centre in Rotterdam is presently one of the largest, maybe even the most comprehensive, civil simulator centres in the world. We presently operate simulators for Cargo Handling, Dredging, Container Crane, Off-Shore Platform Crane, Straddle Carrier, Logistics and Transport Chain, Engine Room (including the latest diesel electric engines), Inland Waterways Vessels, Ships Bridge, GMDSS, Petrochemical Refinery, Off shore Oil and Gas production, Electrical Power plant, Fishery and GMDSS (Global Maritime Distress and Safety) System). Due to the high demand for training in our centre, it is operated on a 24/7 basis, concludes Jan S. Bakker.
The scope of supply by Kongsberg Maritime included delivery of a high-end operational engine room simulator based on a very large crude carrier with a slow speed turbo charged diesel engine and a fixed propeller. The engine room simulator is based on the latest generation of Kongsberg Maritime’s Neptune simulation architecture and boasts the new BigView interactive mimic screen. This sophisticated mimic provides flexibility, enabling use of different models for more efficient and exciting training.
The delivery also included an upgrade and renewal of the existing engine room simulator, 30 engine room simulator desktop stations and 15 cargo simulator desktop stations. A new full mission ‘Polaris’ bridge simulator, utilising a five channel visual system for the most realistic visualisation of the maritime scene available today, and the transfer of five ‘Polaris’ simulators from STC’s old simulation centre with full upgrades completed the extensive package.
This project is a result of STC’s satisfaction with the simulation technology and support we have provided for many years, and Kongsberg Maritime’s approach to working with the customer, comments Mark Treen, Sales and Marketing Manager, Simulation at Kongsberg Maritime. The scope of supply not only included delivery of new simulators but also physically moving and upgrading STC’s already extensive Kongsberg Maritime simulation suite, making this a challenging but very rewarding undertaking.