New Kongsberg simulator meets training demand for sustainable fisheries

Simulator meets training demand A new K-Sim Fishery simulator to be delivered to the Lofoten Vocational School to support training for fishermen in a region of Norway where fishing is of great importance

The first contract for a state-of-the-art simulator covering navigation, fishfinding and catching has been signed with the Lofoten Vocational School in Northern Norway. The new K-Sim Fishery will support training, improving safety and sustainability within the fishing industry.

Kongsberg Digital has signed a contract with the Lofoten Vocational School for development and delivery of a complete new K-Sim Fishery Simulator with fishfinding and fishing applications. The simulator will be based on sophisticated Kongsberg K-Sim simulation technology and Kongsberg Maritime (Simrad) professional fishing technology, including echo sounders, sonars and trawl monitoring systems.

Demand for a fishing vessel specific simulator, integrating all key operations on board has grown in recent years, based on implementation of new STCW requirements (STCW-F), advances in fishfinding technology, and an increased focus on sustainable fishery and improved fish quality. Through development of the new K-Sim Fishery Simulator, Kongsberg is meeting demands compliant with the STCW requirements for training and fulfilling DNV GL’s certification standards.

“While helping commercial fishermen who often operate in extreme conditions, simulator training also contributes to UN Sustainability Goals, especially number 14, which has been established to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources,” said Tone-Merete Hansen, Sr. VP Maritime Simulation at Kongsberg Digital.

The Lofoten Vocational School will be the first to bring this new approach to training to the fishing industry, which is especially important for this region of Norway, where fishing is key economic sector. The simulator will play a vital part in ensuring a safe and sustainable industry. Kongsberg Digital and Lofoten Vocational School’s investment is important for the fishery industry globally also, as in addition to improving training and development of skills in fishing methods for fishermen in Norway, it also brings benefits to safety and recruitment for fishing vessel owners wherever they based.

The contract for delivery of a K-Sim Fishery Simulator to Lofoten Vocational School was awarded to Kongsberg Digital in January. The school will upgrade its existing Kongsberg Polaris shiphandling simulator to the latest K-Sim Navigation technology platform, which integrated with the new fishery module will fulfill the STCW-F requirements. Lofoten Vocational School will move to a new location in Leknes in Lofoten and the opening of the new facility is planned in 2019.

“The investment in the new K-Sim Fishery simulator is a very important contribution for us in the Northern part of Norway. It  enables us to build on the future of fishing, which today is an important industry for the region of Norway where the school is located,” said Finn Axel Hartvigsen, maritime department manager at the Lofoten Vocational School.

“In addition to education in safe and efficient navigation and ship handling for fishing, practice on the simulator’s search and catch instrumentation will help both new and veteran fishermen perform better. The simulator will also enable increased competence and career progression for crew who wish to further develop skills in navigation and in new and different fishing methods to meet today’s higher standards of fish quality.”

K-Sim Fishery is designed as a fishing vessel bridge (different vessel model and sizes are available) with all the necessary equipment for fishing, including winch controls for purse seine, trawl and longline. Students will be able to perform exercises where they will learn to utilise the vessel’s equipment, optimise working hours and fuel consumption, choose routes and vessel position, and carry out appropriate manoeuvres.

Integrated with real Simrad fishery echo sounders, sonars and catch monitoring systems, K-Sim Fishery will form a complete system for the education and competence development of fishing vessel crew. The system allows students to familiarise with as well as operate different types of fishing gear, while building understanding that different fishing techniques require different approaches and that fish species have different behaviour patterns.

The Kongsberg K-Sim Fishery simulator is designed according to DNVGL-ST-0033 Class A (FISH) standards and the delivery to the Lofoten Vocational School consists of a K-Sim navigation instructor station, a K-Sim navigation server, a K-Sim navigation student station, and a visual system with forward and aft bridge simulations.

A Simrad Fish school simulation server is part of the package, along with Simrad echo sounders, omni-directional sonar, a catch monitoring system and a generic winch simulation system. Also included are system software, vessel models and exercise areas, and familiarisation training.

“The flexibility in K-Sim Fishery enables a wide range of system deliveries from desktop to full mission bridge configuration depending on the training requirements,” said Kongsberg Digital area sales manager Bjarne Torkelsen.

“K-Sim Fishery can be delivered either as a stand-alone system or as an integrated module to existing Kongsberg bridge simulators. Lofoten Vocational School will be the first educational institute to install a full mission K-Sim Fishery Simulator and we will expand the product scope further as we roll out the product globally.”

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