Horten, Norway / Sydney, Australia – Global leader in sustainable marine services, Svitzer, has selected Kongsberg Digital to deliver state-of-the-art simulators in support of crew training at its Port of Newcastle base in Australia. The contract with Kongsberg will help create a training centre of excellence for the deployment of Svitzer’s innovative, new TRAnsverse tug vessels; entering service in Newcastle in early 2025.
Svitzer, Newcastle Simulator Signing, Balmain Sydney NSW, Monday 6th November 2023. From left, L David Phillips, Chief Operating Officer, Svitzer Australia and to the right Paul Gilkison, Area Sales Manager, Kongsberg Digital Svitzer Newcastle Simulator Signing, Balmain Sydney NSW, Monday 6 November 2023
The new simulator and training facilities reflect Svitzer’s ongoing investment into world-class towage infrastructure across Australia and commitment to upskilling future generations of Australian seafarers. The contract comprises the delivery of a groundbreaking training suite in Q2 2024. Notably, the delivery encompasses a full-mission 360° K-Sim Navigation simulator configured as a tug bridge, and a part-task 180° K-Sim Navigation ship’s bridge simulator. It also includes an advanced Instructor System with a CCTV system for monitoring and debriefing, comprehensive training of the Instructors, and a robust warranty for the entire system.
Designed for Svitzer's Tug Master training on the new TRAnsverse Tug, this state-of-the-art simulator suite will be installed at their operations facility in Newcastle. Not only will it serve the training needs of harbor pilots and tug masters from Newcastle port, but it will also cater to professionals worldwide.
David Phillips, Chief Operating Officer, Svitzer Australia, said, “We are committed to investing in safe, reliable, and efficient maritime solutions and to providing the latest and most advanced training and technology for pilots, tug masters, and other maritime professionals. Kongsberg Digital met all our criteria in terms of quality, price, delivery time, support, and warranty. Their collaboration with AMC Launceston, which has modeled the Maersk/Robert Allan TRAnsverse Tug, brings added value and we are looking forward to working with them closely on this project and future opportunities.”
Peering into the future, there are further opportunities to connect the simulator in Newcastle with other simulators around Australia and the world, pioneering Pilot/Master integrated training across distant locations.
Are Føllesdal Tjønn, Managing Director of Maritime Simulation at Kongsberg Digital, expressed his enthusiasm: "Svitzer Australia represents a fresh partnership for Kongsberg Digital. Their drive to leverage integrated simulation training across extended distances showcases the potential for experts in diverse domains to collaboratively participate in a singular simulated exercise, enhancing realism and training efficacy."
With these initiatives, the maritime sector is looking at a transformative phase in training and operations, setting higher standards for the industry globally.