ARI Simulation unveils immersive simulation suite

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ARI Simulation has delivered a complete suite of integrated offshore simulators to the NUSI Offshore Training Institute (NOTI), a technologically advanced, dedicated offshore training facility.

The inauguration ceremony was presided over by former International Maritime Organization Secretary General Efthimios Mitropoulos. VIP guests included Norway’s Ambassador to India, His Excellency Eivind Homme, Director-General of Shipping of the Government of India, Shri Gautam Chatterjee, Chairman and Managing Director of India’s Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd Sudhir Vasudeva, Director (Offshore) of Shipping Corporation of India, Arun Gupta and Chairman of the ITF Offshore Group, Norrie McVicar, as well as more than 150 representatives of the offshore industry from around the world.

The NOTI facility has been created by the National Union of Seafarers of India (NUSI) to support competence development in offshore shipping among its members, promoting best practice as they progress up the chain of command in this vital, fast-growing sector.

Captain Nand Hiranandani, Chairman, NUSI, said: “The NOTI facility provides the missing link in training for Indian seafarers working in the offshore sector today. As a not for profit organisation, we have been able to make an investment in the future of all seafarers and provide a means for them to continue their professional development and further their careers. The centre that ARI Simulation has provided to NUSI/ITF Trust for Indian seafarers is truly world-class. There is nothing like it in India and little to compare to it anywhere in the world.”

Shravan Rewari, CEO of ARI Simulation, said: “The NOTI simulators individually offer the most sophisticated immersive simulation training solutions ever developed for the offshore industry. ARI’s unique total integration model significantly extends training capabilities, empowering the Institute to offer training across the spectrum of offshore operations in topside, surface and subsea work areas. We are privileged to be the technology partner to the NOTI institute and to have been given the opportunity to deliver a cost-effective yet truly world class solution.”

ARI Simulation, which has delivered several hundred simulation suites world-wide, was given a brief to achieve several offshore sector firsts for NOTI. These included the design and delivery of the world’s largest visual 360-degree dedicated offshore vessel bridge simulator and India’s first Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) simulator.

The NOTI centre also includes a full mission offshore vessel engine simulator, an offshore crane simulator, a full mission DP-2 bridge simulator and a unique eight-station multifunctional classroom, complete with functionality for DP, ECDIS, Radar, ship handling and oilfield navigation training.

This large and complex project drew on close to a decade of offshore simulator research, development and modelling. Assembly and installation began in earnest in Spring 2013, involving ARI personnel from functions including software development, manufacturing, assembly, engineering, integration and on-site project supervision and co-ordination.

All simulators have been built to meet and exceed the latest standards from Det Norske Veritas, the International Marine Contractors Association and the Nautical Institute and have been designed to support competency development and assessment programmes in accordance with international oil and national company requirements.

The simulators will be used to offer courses across the following disciplines:

– Ship handling

– Anchor handling (basic and advanced)

– Dynamic Positioning (basic and advanced)

– Crane operator training (basic and advanced)

– Vessel and floating heavy lift crane operations

– ROV Operations

– Propulsion and electrical systems – Engine Control room

– Power Management

– Offshore mission rehearsal/SIMOPS training

The tightly-integrated features of NOTI centre allow for complete simultaneous operations (SIMOPS) scenario training, with multiple trainees across multiple simulators able to co-operate in a single mission. Such scenarios can include end-to-end simulations including logistics, towing, rig positioning, subsea installations, intervention and standard as well as heavy lift crane operations at sea.