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KONGSBERG TO BUILD FISHERY SIMULATOR FOR BELGIUM

Monday, February 18, 2019 

Kongsberg Digital has signed a contract with VDAB (the Flemish Service for Employment and Vocational Training) in Belgium for the delivery of a K-Sim Full Mission Fishery Simulator for beam trawling.

Surpassing STCW-F requirements, the functionality, flexibility and claimed hydrodynamic realism of K-Sim Fishery were key criteria in VDAB’s commitment.

K-Sim Fishery is said to accurately replicate the working environment, equipment and operational processes of a fishing vessel bridge and deck in real-life, offering an immersive and fully-integrated learning experience. The K-Sim Fishery Simulator has already been contracted for use by the Lofoten Vocational School in Norway and the company says several more organisations are planning to order, with VDAB becoming the second client investing in the future for a more viable, safe and sustainable fishing industry.

The development roadmap for K-Sim Fishery includes applications to support fishing methods such as trawling, purse seine and long line. VDAB has requested a solution specifically for beam trawling where stability calculation of the vessel during operation of the beam trawl and booms is included to replicate the working conditions on board this type of vessel. To achieve this, Kongsberg Digital will include high-fidelity mathematical models. DNV GL Class A-certified elements including ECDIS, Radar/ARPA, emergency and distress signals will be fully integrated along with a multibeam echo sounder from Kongsberg’s Simrad brand.

“We invested a great deal of forethought, time and effort in ensuring that the beam trawler simulation technology is as adaptable and realistic as possible,” said Harald Kluken, Area Sales Manager, Kongsberg Digital. “The K-Sim Fishery Simulator represents a move into a new training sector for Kongsberg, where we feel our technology will deliver value in honing operational and navigational skills while drastically reducing the likelihood of accidents.”

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