Lerus, a Ukrainian provider of crewing services to oil and gas industry, has launched a new training centre equipped with the latest offshore vessel simulator from Kongsberg.

The new training centre in the city of Odessa is claimed to be the first such facility in Ukraine to offer fully integrated offshore vessel operations training.

Integrated with a 240° field of view, the Kongsberg K-Pos, Dynamic Positioning Simulator will provide life-like visuals that demonstrate realism during the varied training scenarios.

Lerus designed the scenarios based on courses for ship handling (AHTS, OSV, ROV, DSV, VLCC, MPSV), dynamic positioning, crane operations (Stage 1, 2, 3), anchor handling and towing / rig moving.

The simulator is expected to provide complete vessel training by way of enabling different teams to interact within the same exercise.

"The training centre in Odessa is said to be the first such facility in Ukraine to offer fully integrated offshore vessel operations training."

Kongsberg supplied a standalone crane simulator for training on harbour operations, along with an offshore crane simulator, which can simulate a deck-mounted knuckle-boom crane or a wire-luffing lattice pedestal crane for platform lifting operations.

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Courses on the vessel simulator will be conducted by eight instructors working as Dynamic Positioning Operators offshore at the training centre, according to Kongsberg.

Lerus Training Centre managing director, Ruslan Gromovenko, commented: "Investment in the new training facility and inclusion of the most sophisticated offshore vessel simulator available today will help us to maintain a strong position in the market, by supplying crew with high levels of training and competence for the oil and gas industry worldwide."

Kongsberg Maritime Simulation Area sales manager, Terje Spetaas, said: "The use of our simulators by a crewing company is an innovative step as it shows how serious Lerus is when it comes to providing highly skilled and competent crew to the market."

Image: Kongsberg’s K-Pos Dynamic Positioning Simulator is equipped with a 240° field of view and offers life-like visuals to enhance realism. Photo courtesy of Kongsberg.