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Technology company Kongsberg Maritime is working with Norwegian shipping company Østensjo and the Norwegian Marine Technology Research Institute (Marintek) on a new R&D project to optimise gangway operation through new dynamic positioning (DP) philosophy and simulation training.

The new project, which is part of the Norwegian Government’s innovation programme, Maritime Activities and Offshore Operations (MAROFF), is useful for operations using motion compensated and telescopic gangways that are typically found on accommodation vessels in the offshore sector.

The project will use Kongsberg Maritime’s DP controller for operation of Edda Fortis, the new generation accommodation vessel of Østensjo, and will involve the collection and analysis of operational data.

Simulation studies will also be analysed using the SIMO simulation tool package, and Kongsberg Maritime’s DP algorithms.

Kongsberg Maritime also plans to develop a new simulation software system for crew training on critical operations, incidents and planned operations preparation.

"Kongsberg Maritime plans to develop a new simulation software system for crew training on critical operations."

In order to simulate the compensation of the motion between the rig and the accommodation vessel, sensor data will be interfaced to Kongsberg’s DP system.

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The DP control strategy on-board will be adjusted using data analysis in a bid to extend the operational window defined for gangway operation.

Kongsberg Maritime Simulation global product manager Terje Heierstad said: "The accurate full scale data from the accommodation vessel will be used to improve, update and tune the simulator models to an extreme level of accuracy, which is important when training for operations with high safety requirements and small risk margins."

Image: Gangways eliminate the need to use dangerous ladders. Photo: courtesy of Kongsberg Maritime AS