Anchor-handling tug simulation is a relatively new area of training technology for offshore-related operations. The trainer simulates typical ship and rig operations and includes the best technologies for ship modeling, seakeeping, heavy external-force modules, catenary systems, 3D modeling, dynamic-positioning systems, and animation and visualization technologies.
Anchor-handling tugs are dangerous places to work on, so safety issues are among the crucial elements addressed in our training.
Training Simulator Benefits
An anchor-handling tug simulator system typically includes a full-mission bridge simulator, a restricted-mission bridge simulator, and an engine room simulator, all integrated into a system for anchor-handling and towing training.
The full-mission bridge simulator has a full 360° visual field of view and incorporates forward and aft control positions, a full dynamic positioning system, and real shipboard control equipment and displays. Sophisticated animations and fully modeled semi-submersible drilling rigs, jack-up drilling rigs, and materials barges add realistic training scenarios to the anchor-handling and towing activities. L-3 DPA has developed core simulation scenarios for both chaseable and nonchaseable mooring systems, including pipe-lay operations.
The 120° restricted-mission bridge environment is much like the full-mission bridge simulator except that it contains only aft control positions.
The control room and engine room simulators closely replicate the operating conditions on anchor-handling tugs in a virtual environment. Each simulator has its own Instructor operator stations, and desktop training takes place in classrooms with multiple anchor-handling and engine room simulators.
Traditional marine simulators don’t require interaction between the deck crew and the bridge team. Anchor-handling and towing simulators require this interaction since the activities of the men on the deck have to be closely coordinated with what the bridge team is doing. Vessel maneuvering, winch operation, and the employment of deck machinery use all have to be synchronized and harmonized. Therefore, all the deck activities are simulated by animated workers. Combinations of actions are linked together in sequences that can be evoked by an event or initiated by the instructor, so training takes place in an environment that is both extremely realistic and completely safe, which are two of the major advantages of training with simulators.