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Fast Small Ship Simulator takes to the waves for the first time!


Bouncing over the waves at a speed of 43 knots, the director of the Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) Vice Admiral Arie Jan de Waard, and MARIN’s director Bas Buchner, made the first test voyage on the moving ‘Fast Small Ship Simulator’.


T Pepijn de Jong & Noël Bovens, p.d.jong@marin.nl


his FSSS is built by MARIN and SME partners, Cruden and TreeC, as part of a CODEMO project to stimulate the development of a prototype. Vice Admiral De Waard felt the test was very realistic and commented: “You feel as if you are involved in a complex operation at sea. Virtual reality like this is going to play a large role in education and training.”


Detailed replica RHIB console A unique knowledge combination led to the FSSS, which is made up of a motion base, typically used for racing car simulations (Cruden), real-time simulation of ship dynamics (MARIN) and an advanced visualisation environment (TreeC). The main goal of the FSSS project is to provide a safe but accurate environment for training drivers and navigators of Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats (RHIBs). The motion platform has been outfitted with a near exact representation of the control console of the actual RHIBs used by the Royal Netherlands Navy. This includes engine controls, VHF radio and a GPS system. Even the seats of the driver and navigator are exact copies of the actual seats.


To facilitate simulation of fast RHIBs, MARIN extended its simulation framework (XMF) with a new approach to simulate complex phenomena such as slamming, capsizing, surf riding and broaching. The main challenge was to develop a method capable of simulating


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