A liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering vessel simulator ordered by Kota Kinabalu-based port and maritime consultancy Kasi Group in July is the ‘first-of-its-kind’ which provides hands-on training to those who will be operating LNG bunkering services, according to technology group Wärtsilä.
The Wärtsilä scope of supply for its delivery of a TechSim LCHS Network Class simulator to Kasi Group includes a total of five work stations, namely one for the instructor and four for the trainees, said the company on Tuesday (8 October).
“As the global demand for LNG fuel for marine applications increases, the number of LNG bunkering vessels serving this demand is also increasing. To achieve best operating practices, safety and efficiency, first-rate crew training is essential. The Wärtsilä simulator enables this,” says Captain Bo Caspersen, General Manager, Kasi Group.
“We are familiar with Wärtsilä’s competence in simulator systems having used them in our research and development programme for some ten years already. We therefore had no hesitation in approaching Wärtsilä again when we were asked to provide training”.
The demand for training services for LNG bunkering vessel simulators has been rising since 2017, when only one single LNG bunkering vessel was in service, notes Wärtsilä.
By the end of 2018, this number had increased to a total of nine ships, and it is forecasted that a further 30 of these vessels will be delivered during the coming five years.
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Photo credit: Wärtsilä
Published: 9 October, 2019
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