Kongsberg Digital has received DNV-GL statements of compliance for two of its latest engine room simulator models designed to provide in-depth training on the K-Sim engine simulator platform.
The DNV GL-ST-033 March 2017 Maritime Simulator Systems certification, which is based on the requirements of STCW Convention, Regulation I/12, was awarded to the DEDF Cruise Ferry and L11 MAN 6S70 ME SCC K-Sim engine models last December.
Now commercially available to all K-Sim engine users, the K-Sim engine DEDF Cruise Ferry is the first model approved according to the new Class S (Special Task) standard for simulators used for training ship’s officers on board a vessel using LNG as fuel.
The standard was launched after IMO added aspects of the International Code of Safety for Ships using Gases or other Low-flashpoint Fuels (IGF Code), including LNG fuel handling and bunkering, to Standards of Training, Certification and Watch keeping (STCW) in 2017.
The certification verifies that the DEDF Cruise Ferry model meets approved standards to deliver training that complies with the IGF (STCW) code, including functions for LNG bunkering operation, LNG behaviour (quality), operational principles of dual fuel generator installations and the fundamentals of automation, instrumentation and control systems.
The DEDF Cruise Ferry model is designed for training courses aimed at ship officers (deck and engine) that intend to work on an LNG-fuelled vessel. LNG fuelled shipowners are responsible to ensure that crew members are able to recognise risks, be aware of specific points of attention related to LNG, and operate the related systems.
They must also be able to perform LNG-bunkering operations (shipboard) in a safe and controlled manner, recognise potential problems and handle emergencies related to LNG, all of which are operations available in the DEDF Cruise Ferry model on K-Sim engine simulators.
“It’s vital that we continuously develop K-Sim engine to ensure we can enable our customers to deliver training courses that meet the latest standards in the industry, such as the IGF Code,” said Leif Pentti Halvorsen, Product Manager, Kongsberg Digital. “With this approval from DNV GL, K-Sim engine is the first maritime simulator to be certified to this level, making it a vital tool for the maritime industry to start reducing its environmental footprint safely and effectively.”