July 9 - Heerema Marine Contractors has selected Kongsberg Maritime's K-Sim offshore simulation platform to enhance the company's crane operator training, as well as ensure the safe and efficient execution of its heavy lift operations.

Delivery of the offshore heavy lift crane simulator to the HMC Academy - a new training centre at Heerema's headquarters in Leiden, the Netherlands - is planned for September 2015.

Heerema's requirement when selecting its simulation partner was the development of a system that could train the most competent crane operators and conduct detailed pre-mission training for heavy lift projects.

To meet these requirements, Kongsberg Maritime is going to develop a unique simulator based on the K-Sim offshore platform.

Kongsberg Maritime will supply Heerema with two offshore crane operator domes and a DNV Class A bridge with K-Sim DP simulator, which is based on the same Kongsberg Maritime K-Pos DP systems used on Heerema's vessels.

The K-Sim offshore simulator will feature models of three Heerema deepwater construction vessels, and the delivery will also include an instructor and debrief system, and two deck operator trainers.