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Kongsberg Maritime Simulation has signed a multimillion dollar contract with Oceanografia, under which it will supply equipment for an offshore simulation training centre to be located in Mexico.

The company will supply a suite of offshore anchor handling, dynamic positioning, engine room and crane simulation systems for the main infrastructure of the centre.

It will also supply Oceanografia, Mexico’s largest vessel operator, with basic and advanced positioning trainers for the new centre to be certified for use in sea-time reduction training.

The Advanced K-Pos DP simulation trainer will be integrated to the Kongsberg Offshore Vessel Simulator (KOVS), including DP3 functionality in support of the Oceanografia offshore heavy lift vessel OHLV OSA Goliath.

GlobalSim, a unit of Kongsberg Maritime, will supply a heavy lift crane simulator, which will include a full mission crane cab.

Juan Carlos Hernández Villalobos, Oceanografia director of operations, said: "This investment is a strategic decision to ensure our most important corporate asset, our personnel, are the best equipped and best trained to handle the rigorous challenges of offshore oil and gas operations."

Henry Tremblay, Kongsberg Maritime Simulation president, said: "This is an important endorsement of our technology by Oceanografia and a strategic win for our company in what has become known as the hub of the Mexico offshore industry."

Oceanografia has contracted Kongsberg for a five-year long term system support programme and has already started civil works for its new training centre. The simulators are expected to be ready for training by October 2014.

Image: Oceanografia with Kongsberg Maritime Simulation on the day of the contract signing. Photo courtesy of: Kongsberg Maritime Simulation.