Ocean Rig UDW Inc., a major international offshore drilling contractor, has chosen Kongsberg Maritime to supply an extensive offshore and navigation simulator package for a brand new training centre.With a sophisticated integrated simulator suite, enabling specific operations and vessel team training, Ocean Rig’s new facility, is shaping up to become one of the world’s most advanced offshore training centres.

Ocean Rig owns and operates two ultra-deepwater semisubmersible drilling rigs and nine ultra-deepwater drillships (including three newbuilds for delivery 2014-2016). All of these vessels operate with key technology from KONGSBERG, including Dynamic Positioning, Thruster Control, Integrated Control and Automation, Safety/Fire & Gas and Riser Management systems. Four of the drillships have Integrated Navigation solutions from Kongsberg.

The new training centre comprises two full mission bridge simulators. The K-Sim Offshore simulator is to be equipped like a drillship based on Ocean Rig’s Samsung 96k/Enhanced Saipem 10000 design. In addition, it will be integrated with K-Sim engine room simulator model DE66 drillship and K-Pos Dynamic positioning system including DP3 backup operation and riser management. The other full mission simulator is designed as a DNV Class A navigation bridge.

Two separate classrooms will also feature K-Sim ECDIS trainers, K-Pos DP Class C and K-Chief 700 crew trainers for drillship. The K-Sim engine simulator will feature DE-66 drillship and MC 90Vmodels. It will be used in a desktop configuration and on Kongsberg Maritime’s advanced, touchscreen BigView interactive mimic system. All simulators can provide task specific training, or operate as part of an integrated system to provide full vessel training.

“Ocean Rig identified a need for internal crew training and wanted to advance the development of its new centre fast,” comments Sølvi Opthun, Area Sales Manager, Kongsberg Maritime Simulation. “With Kongsberg Maritime, they found a partner that could provide the most advanced and integrated simulator technology, in addition to important learning services such as courseware and training for the instructors. The fact that Kongsberg Maritime systems are already in use on Ocean Rig vessels also provided the company with the confidence that we understand its business.”

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