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Tackling increasing cruise vessel dimensions in virtual reality

MARIN has performed simulator research and advanced simulator training for major cruise ship builder Meyer Werft to assist the yard with handling the ever-increasing size of newbuildings.

Training on the MARIN simulator bridge M Freek Verkerk 18 report

eyer Werft is one of the world’s most successful builders of large cruise liners. Based in Papenburg in Germany, the yard

is located along the Ems River.

After completion, the cruise ships make their way from Papenburg to Eemshaven navigating the narrow and winding river between Papenburg and Emden. The liners leave the shipyard’s harbour through a narrow lock, therefore the ship/lock interactions play an important role. Additionally, the vessels pass two narrow bridges (at Weener and Leer) and the storm surge barrier (‘Emssperwerk’) at Gandersum.

The cruise ships start their journey sailing astern to enable the pilots to have a better orientation; looking

from the port bridge wing astern along the superstructure. Sailing astern also enables the pods or propeller/rudder configuration to be in a safer, mid-river location and the small bow has more space to swing out. Moreover, if the strong bow construction touches the bank it will not directly lead to damage of the vessel.

Advanced training for pilots The Ems River pilots performing the conveyance follow an advanced training course at MARIN two or three weeks before the actual journey of each vessel.

As dimensions of the cruise ships built at the yard have continued to increase over the years, the manoeuvring margins in this part of the river are becoming smaller and smaller. This means that the hydrodynamic

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