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ENGINE SIMULATOR FOR INDIAN INSTITUTE OF MARINE ENGINEERS

Tuesday, April 9, 2019 

Kongsberg Digital (KDI) has successfully completed the delivery, installation, Site Acceptance Test and handover of a K-Sim Full Mission Engine Simulator to the Institute of Marine Engineers (IMEI) in India.

The new simulator was installed in IMEI’s head office and training centre in Mumbai, India in February 2019, to prepare post-sea marine engineers for their Certificate of Competency examination, conducted by India’s Directorate General of Shipping.

By presenting marine engineers with an exhaustively thorough series of realistic and appropriately targeted training scenarios, K-Sim Engine simulators enable instructors to construct exercises covering all processes and techniques to do with the smooth running of an engine room, ranging from manoeuvring, boiler/turbine operation and control loop optimising to fault diagnosis and crisis management.

“Completing the delivery aspects of the contract is a key milestone in our partnership with IMEI, which will continue for many years as we deliver updates and upgrades through our Long Term System Support Program,” said Erik Hovland, VP Strategic Projects, Kongsberg Digital. “This is an important and strategic contract in a exciting market. India will continue to deliver a substantial number of seafarers, many of whom will be trained on K-Sim simulators.”

Since the environmental aspect is an important part of operating ships, the optimisation of engine performance is essential. Kongsberg Digital has focused on developing and delivering a simulator model which most exactly replicates the engine control system (ECS) onboard. The simulator’s engine control system facilitates monitoring and control of starting air valves, governor functions, aux blowers, fuel injection, exhaust valves and cylinder lubricators. The Main Operator Panel (MOP) displays are based on MAN’s own MOP displays. Further, to enable low emission operation, fuel tanks for low sulphur HFO as well as exhaust gas scrubber are included in the model. Through K-Sim Engine, IMEI trainees will gain a deep understanding of the MAN ME intelligent engine as well as Kongsberg’s control system, since the main engine remote control is based on the company’s AutoChief 600 control system.

“We would like to extend our thanks to KDI for their timely, efficient and most professional project management,” said CV Subba Rao, President, IME(I). “The simulator installation went very smoothly and without a hitch. On behalf of all of us here at the institute, I’d like to thank the KDI team, and I look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship between our two organisations.”

IME(I) acknowledges the support of the D L Shah Trust, Mumbai, which made possible the setting up of the FMERS at its Head Office and Training Centre. The acquisition, represents the fulfilment of IME(I)’s long-standing need for a FMER Simulator & makes IME(I) a ‘one stop shop’ for the CoC Preparatory Courses run by the institute. 

This DNV- GL certified FMER Simulator exceeds current STCW requirements for ER Simulator Courses (at both the Operational and Management levels) described in IMO model course 2.07 (2017 Edition) as well as DGS guidelines for approval of Simulator Courses and facilities. 

The new Simulator Centre at IME(I) House consists of four acoustically isolated spaces operating as an Engine Room (ER), Engine Control Room (ECR), Instructor Room, and Briefing Room, 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Full Mission Engine Room Simulator (FMERS), was installed and commissioned at IMEI House, Nerul, Navi Mumbai, on 07 March 2019. 

IME(I) gratefully acknowledges the most generous support of the D L Shah Trust, Mumbai, which made possible the setting up of this FMERS at IME(I)’s HO and Training Centre. To the Trustees of the D L Shah Trust , to whom we remain indebted, goes our biggest and most heartfelt ‘Thanks’.

The acquisition, represents the fulfilment of IME(I)’s long-standing need for a FMER Simulator & makes IME(I) a ‘one stop shop’ for the CoC Preparatory Courses that IME(I) run. 

This DNV- GL certified, FMER Simulator meets and exceeds current STCW requirements for ER Simulator Courses (at both the Operational and Management levels), those described as at IMO model course 2.07 (2017 Edition) as well as DGS guidelines for approval of Simulator Courses and facilities. 

The Kongsberg, Norway, make K-Sim® Full Mission Engine Room Simulator is a dynamic , real-time, process based, High Fidelity simulator based on real engine physics that enhances realism in training.

This FMER Simulator simulates the latest L-11, MAN 6570 ME Engine for a Suezmax Crude Carrier and runs the most recent version of the K-Sim®  Simulator OS & simulation software. 

Simulations include overall running of the engine, its subsystems and crisis management exercises. 

 

Advantages of FMER Simulator Based Training

  • A Full Mission Engine Room Simulator (FMERS) enables high quality training in every aspect of the complex behaviour of a ship’s engine room machinery; from single sub and auxiliary systems to the overall running of operations.
  • A FMERS offers a physical familiarity with the real shipboard environment and includes a fully equipped engine room, engine control room, interactive mimic panels, consoles and an instructor room. 
  • Simulator based training , vis-à-vis conventional training, offers a structured, experiential level of training, better suited for adult learning.
  • Simulation offers learner participation. It provides an opportunity for the learner to apply theoretical knowledge by performing critical operations ; quickly learn from any mistakes without serious implications ; develop and hone attitudes for situations that demand complex decision making and gain vital skills crucial for handling emergencies.
  • Simulator training is an effective way to build competence and confidence & maximise performance leading to enhanced operational safety and efficiency. 
  • Learners whet their hands-on and thinking skills; demonstrate knowledge-in-action ; use standard ship board operating procedures to address malfunctions / crisis situations and learn the importance of  effective communication in their decision-making.
  • Simulation learning can be customised to suite beginners, intermediates and experts to hone their skills.
  • Feedback can be given to learners immediately and allow them to understand exactly what went wrong and how they could improve.

 

The new Simulator Centre at IMEI House consists of four acoustically isolated spaces or rooms, namely the 

  • Engine Room ( ER), 
  • Engine Control Room ( ECR) 
  • Instructor Room / Station 
  • Briefing Room 

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