New dredging simulator for Belgium training provider

K-Sim dredging simulator. Credit: Kongsberg

The Flemish Service for Employment and Vocational Training, VDAB, has chosen to add a dredging simulator developed by international technology group, Kongsberg, to its K-Sim Navigation Technology Platform.

The selection process took place during a multi-million Euro public tender in September 2018. The contract, signed in April 2019, allows for the system to be installed at VDAB’s training facility in Zeebrugge, Belgium. New and experienced crew will be able to take part in realistic dredging training exercises using the new simulator.

VDAB’s new simulator provides a platform to focus on more cost-effective operations, as well as enabling safer dredging practices by building crew competencies. Students will use the K-Sim simulator to get an understanding of the forces applied on a dredging vessel during operations in diverse external conditions, for example when releasing or hauling dredge pipes, and varying behaviours under different loading conditions.

Due for completion in summer 2020, delivery will take place in two phases, encompassing a DNV-GL Class-A-compliant Full Mission K-Sim Navigation, which meets regulations for RADAR, ECDIS, and distress signalling, as well as requirements for dredging operations and relevant equipment.

Kongsberg will also provide multiple dredging vessel models and sailing areas for a diverse training programme, including a new seabed mathematical and visual model creating a realistic view of the seabed and ensure accurate feedback on actions taken in the simulator.

The simulator also features an instructor system, with exercise development and the ability to implement unexpected events and malfunctions. This will help students to gain an understanding of the dynamic nature of dredging operations.