Norway-based technology company Kongsberg Maritime has secured a multimillion dollar contract from PEM Offshore to deliver a full suite of offshore vessel simulators.

Kongsberg said the new simulators, comprising of offshore anchor handling, dynamic positioning, power management and crane simulation systems, will be part of an advanced offshore simulation training centre, which will be the first of its kind in Nigeria and West Africa.

Located in Lagos, the new training centre will support the training of local and foreign workers involved in offshore oil and gas operations, as well as meet the growing demand for highly competent and qualified personnel for high risk offshore environments.

Under the contract, Kongsberg will deliver its advanced simulation training technology, which is similar to systems that are available onboard many vessels globally.

"The new training centre will support the training of local and foreign workers involved in offshore oil and gas operations."

Kongsberg’s delivery will include DP Class B and Class C simulation trainers, which will enable advanced dynamic positioning training for certification in accordance with Nautical Institute (Ni), Det Norsk Veritas (DNV) and International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) standards.

The new training centre will be certified to DP Class A for use in sea-time reduction training, where time spent in simulator training cuts down the time required for live training at sea and enables safe and more cost effective DP training.

In addition, PEM Offshore has implemented a range of technical and instructor (train-the-trainer) programmes that will cover all aspects of the DP, KONGSBERG Offshore Vessel Simulator (KOVS), Crane, Bridge and Power Management simulators.

PEM Offshore senior vice president, Philips Matthew, said: "This is a new venture for PEM that will further our commitment to excellence in our maritime operations for Nigerians and other West African nationals."

Kongsberg Maritime Simulation president, Henry Tremblay, said: "This world-class training centre will be equipped with the latest available offshore simulation technology and provide PEM Offshore with the tools it needs to continue growing its expertise in maritime operations."

Image: Kongsberg will supply DP Class B and Class C simulation trainers for the offshore training centre in Nigeria. Photo courtesy of Kongsberg.