Wartsila introduces LNG bunkering simulator

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(HELSINKI) — The technology group Wartsila is launching its new liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering and supply system simulator. The simulator will promote greater safety on LNG-fueled vessels by improving the level of training for operators of LNG systems.

The design is based on the Wartsila LNGPac and gas valve unit (GVU) technologies, and includes all auxiliary systems used in connection with the fuel supply. The design is also in accordance with the STCW requirements for training seafarers on gas-fueled ships to standards demanded by the IGF Code – the international code of safety.

The official launch of the Wartsila simulator takes place at the Global LNG Bunkering Summit 2020 conference, being held in Amsterdam from Jan. 28-30.

The scope of simulation includes all operations related to the use of LNG fuel, from bunkering to gas fuel supply and engine operations, as well as troubleshooting. It provides realistic representation of the user interface for remote and local operating posts, as well as animated 3D visualization to facilitate situational awareness training. A prepared set of scenarios for tutorials and assessments is available as an additional option.

“As the move toward LNG fuel gathers pace in the marine industry, it is essential that crews are thoroughly and expertly trained on handling the related systems. This new simulator is designed to raise training levels on LNG bunkering and supply systems, and will therefore also raise onboard safety levels,” said Sergey Tarasov, solutions manager, Wartsila Voyage Solutions.

The Wartsila simulator is available as a one-off purchase or on an annual subscription basis. It is part of the successful TechSim 5000 product line, which includes various engine room and liquid cargo handling simulators that have been installed in training centres around the world. The LNGPac simulator enables a number of different configurations tailored to the customer’s needs.

Installations have been carried out at maritime academies and consulting facilities in Italy, Malaysia and Finland. The simulator can also be utilized for in-house training by ship owners and ship management companies.

By Professional Mariner Staff