Star Center Manoeuvres into DP Training Market12/08/2011
|STAR Center, located in Dania Beach, Florida, is launching into the Dynamic Positioning (DP) Training market, expanding its comprehensive world-class simulation training services to the offshore, cable laying and cruise ship markets in the Gulf of Mexico and beyond.|
In a contract signed with Kongsberg Maritime Simulation through its Mystic, CT, USA office, STAR Center will acquire a dual-redundant Advanced K-Pos DP trainer capable of being integrated with its existing Kongsberg Maritime developed Polaris Ship Bridge Simulator, in addition to six Basic K-Pos DP trainers, to be used in a classroom setting with a separate instructor station.
Kongsberg Maritime will provide STAR Center with proven DP training technology: the same DP technology used onboard thousands of offshore support vessels, cable layers, research ships, cruise ships and other DP-enabled vessels and oil rigs worldwide.
Phil Shullo, Director of Training for the AMO Safety & Education Plan and Managing Director at STAR Center, said: "We view this important addition to our suite of simulation training services to be of strategic importance to ensuring American Maritime Officers members are prepared to operate the most technologically advanced vessels in support of AMO contracted companies. The first order of business will be to seek Nautical Institute accreditation and enter this market quickly."
The Advanced Trainer is based on the Kongsberg K-Pos DP22, a dual redundant dynamic positioning system designed for all DP applications with a full range of functionality. Its modularity and use of common building blocks allows for high flexibility and various upgrades. The system is designed to satisfy class notations equivalent to Dynamic Positioning Class 2, including dual redundancy, no single-point failure; failure detection; fault isolation; switchover to hot standby; and comparison of sensor data between computers.
In addition to the Basic and Advanced DP trainers, STAR Center will also receive four DP Models, three of which will be twinned with three Polaris simulator ‘ownship' models for use on STAR's existing Full Mission bridge. DP models to be delivered include a supply vessel, a semi-submersible, a tanker and a drill ship.
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Supplier: Kongsberg Maritime
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