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Introducing the new Seven Oceans Simulator Centre

The tugmaster looks outside the window. A huge aircraft carrier sails in front of him. The pilot on board asks him to pull astern, to slow down the vessel in this narrow channel. He is excited - it is the first time they have brought this huge vessel into port. But it feels familiar. He has done this operation before. On a simulator...


Jos van Doorn & Auke Ditzel 22 report

hether concerning big ships entering ports through narrow channels, the installation of

platforms or the tow-out of a Gravity-based Structure, maritime operations are becoming increasingly complex. More people are involved and their role becomes more critical. To help the team execute their task in a safe way, simulations on a real-time simulator are crucial. Simulations need to accurately consider average conditions but also the extreme combinations of wind, waves and current, as well as emergencies, or the ‘what-if’ scenarios.

MARIN’s simulator centre started in the early seventies. Although our real-time, simulation models and simulation software platform XMF are super advanced, the last major update of the simulator bridges - the ‘hardware’ - was done in 1992.

Highest degree of realism The next step in this modernisation process is to build a modern, flexible simulator facility, the new Seven Oceans Simulator Centre (SOS). This facility can be used to simulate all kinds of maritime operations to the highest degree of realism, including

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