Simulation

The new simulation centre will be located at the Lakeside North Harbour business hub, near Portsmouth, UK. Copyright: Lakeside North Harbour

Wärtsilä Enables Innovative Simulation Hub

The technology group Wärtsilä is to supply and configure the software solutions for a new, state-of-the-art, purpose built simulation center being constructed near Portsmouth, England. The center is an expansion of the Maritime Skills Academy’s (MSA) training portfolio serving the Solent region, and is designed to meet the specific simulation training requirements of cruise, ferry and superyacht clients. MSA Solent is part of the Viking Maritime Group, headquartered in Dover, England.

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MarTID '19 Survey: Deadline Extended

As survey responses continue to role in, the deadline for the 2019 Maritime Insights Database (MarTID) annual survey of maritime training practices has been extended to February 28, 2019. Ship owners, Maritime Training institutions and mariners all have a stake in participation, as Murray Goldberg explains.Take the SurveyFor operators: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2019MarTIDOperatorFor training institutions: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2019MarTIDMETIFor seafarers: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2019MarTIDSeafarerThe…

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Pioneering Innovative Electric Propulsion

A Cornish company is planning a completely new development in electric marine vessels, with the help of a Rapid Innovation Grant from Marine-i.Whiskerstay Ltd is based in Falmouth and was set up three years ago by Dr. Rachel Nicholls-Lee, who is a naval architect with a background in yacht design and marine renewables. She is currently one of the leading experts in electric vessel design working in the South West.“There is huge interest in the marine sector for electric and hybrid propulsion systems that can deliver good performance whilst also being quiet and environmentally friendly.

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Warsash Superyacht Academy Partners with Porto Montenegro

Solent University’s Warsash Superyacht Academy (WSA) is opening a brand new training facility with Porto Montenegro, in one of the world’s most spectacular cruising grounds.Porto Montenegro is home to the world’s largest superyacht berth at 250 meters, and the marina’s 450 additional berths all offer an unrivaled range of services and amenities. The fusion of world-class training at a world-class destination will make Warsash Superyacht Academy Porto Montenegro a truly incredible…

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TOPCAT Launches Modern Catamaran Fun for Beginners

TOPCAT is the epitome of multihull sailing fun in Germany. For almost 40 years, sports and beach catamarans made of polyester have been highly regarded around the world by recreational skippers and racing fanatics alike. With the K4X model the company, which is headquartered in Inning am Ammersee close to Munich, has brought a 15-foot boat to market in 2017 that has been optimized using computer simulations. The innovative hull shape of this all-rounder offers greater buoyancy – thanks to its U-frame hull (instead of a V-frame) – and therefore greater safety…

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Rolls-Royce Showcases New Yacht Engine at FLIBS

Rolls-Royce will be marketing the 10-cylinder version of its advanced MTU Series 2000 M96L yacht engine at the 2016 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show from Nov. 3 to 7 . A 12-cylinder version of the engine will be showcased at MTU’s booth (engine tent 1212/1215). Also on display will be MTU’s Blue Vision New Generation ship automation with integrated Joystick System, which will allow visitors to steer a virtual yacht in a simulation. The MTU brand is part of Rolls-Royce Power Systems.

Oracle Team USA  has won the last two America’s Cup competitions. Photo: Airbus S.A.S

Team Oracle, Airbus Team up to Build Flying Yacht

European planemaker Airbus Group SE has forged a technology partnership with Oracle Team USA as this championship sailing squad prepares to defend its title in the 2017 competition for America’s Cup – which is the oldest international sporting trophy of the modern era (born in 1851), and one of the most difficult to win. As Official Innovation Partner of Oracle Team USA, Airbus is sharing the know-how of its experts in areas such as aerodynamics, instrumentation, simulation, composites…

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The Role of Simulation Software in Yacht Racing

Cape Horn Engineering was founded in 2007 with the vision of using the best available CFD tools for the design of racing yachts. They have been involved in several America’s Cup campaigns and their designs have dominated the Around-the-World Volvo Ocean Race for almost a decade, winning three times in a row, with ABN Amro (2005/06), Ericsson Racing Team (2008/09) and Groupama Sailing Team (2011/12). Cape Horn Engineering is proud to be involved in the design team at Land Rover BAR…

Captain Jeff Perlstein, Faculty Coordinator, MPT; Amy Morley-Beavers, Academic Principal and Vice President of Regulatory Compliance, MPT; Captain Roberto Beretta; Captain Scott Field, Simulation Training Manager, MPT; and Captain John Hafner, Vice President, Seafarers’ Manning & Training, IRI.  (Photo: MPT)

Captain Issued RMI’s First Unlimited Yacht License

Private maritime training school Maritime Professional Training (MPT) announced it recently graduated Captain Roberto Beretta who is the recipient of the first Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) Master (Yachts) - Unlimited license. Captain Beretta is the first in the world to achieve this certification, which he attained through MPT’s first of its kind, expedient superyacht-specific assessment for captains wishing to gain their unlimited license from the RMI Maritime Administrator.

MTU 16V 2000 M96L

New MTU Series 2000 Yacht Engine

Rolls-Royce will debut its new generation MTU Series 2000 M96 yacht engine at the 2014 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, Oct. 30 – Nov. 3. The EPA Tier 3-compliant engine will be on display in the MTU booth (#1212) and presented for the first time in North America aboard the new Viking 92 Enclosed Bridge Convertible, the largest resin-infused sportfishing convertible hull in the world. The new MTU 16V 2000 M96L will be showcased in the new vessel during a press conference on Friday, Oct. 31 at 11 a.m. EST at the Viking Yacht Company’s D-Dock display.

“You cannot be profitable in this industry unless you are safe. You cannot be safe unless you train,” said Morton S. Bouchard, III. (Photo: Greg Trauthwein)

Bouchard Simulation Center Opens at SUNY Maritime

SEPTEMBER 15, 2014, New York, NY – Today in New York Morton S. Bouchard, III and many local maritime dignitaries officially opened The Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc. Tug & Barge Simulation Center on the campus of the State University of New York (SUNY) Maritime College. Captain Robert Glas, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs at Bouchard Transportation made the traditional ribbon cut with the comically sized pair of scissors, as Morton S. Bouchard, III, his two sons, US Congressman Joseph Crowley…

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CD-adapco, Ben Ainslie Racing Team Up

CFD focused provider of Computer Aided Engineering software, CD-adapco, says it has formed a partnership with  Ben Ainslie Racing, enabling the America’s Cup team to utilize the CD-adapco simulation tool, STAR-CCM+ in the design of its yacht entrant for the 2017 race. The focus of the 35th edition of the America’s Cup is sustainability, the set of restrictive rules means this is likely to be the most challenging America's Cup ever from an Engineering Simulation point of view.

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Envitia Launches MapLink Pro 8.0

Envitia announced the release of the next generation of MapLink Pro, the most powerful and flexible version of the geospatial toolkit to date. MapLink Pro 8.0 focuses on high performance visualization for situational awareness in both connected and disconnected worlds. Central to realizing this focus are the enhancements to the WMS/WMTS client capabilities, including a seamless, persistent tile cache to preserve access to geospatial data when moving between connected and disconnected conditions.

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Virtual Game Simulation for Marina Safety

MYMIC LLC offers a spin ontraditional maritime training with their Virtual Marina Safety Awareness Game-Based simulation. Today MYMIC, a high-technology company specializing in game-based learning, simulations, modeling and computer visualization solutions, launched Marina Safety Awareness Training, that utilizes 3D game-based training to allow trainees to interact with a virtual marina. Faced with realistic scenarios, the trainee learns how to identify and deal with potential hazards.

Couplings For Maximum Comfort

Leisure boats are generally characterised by drive systems that are specially optimized with respect to comfort and noise. The drive engines used for such applications are those that typically have a high level of power density and low weight. In conjunction with this lightweight construction design, there are stringent requirements specified for optimal response to torsional vibrations and the misalignment capacity of flexible couplings. Vulkan Couplings offers the leading product portfolio for these applications that consists of elastic engine mounts…

Robert Heerkink is project manager at the Ships department of MARIN, the Maritime Research Institute Netherlands.

Efforts continue to improve the Modeling of Thrusters

MARIN uses thrusters in many projects. For a typical model scale, around 1:50 to 1:60, relatively small thrusters are required. Thrusters for these models are available ranging from 50 mm to 80 mm nozzle diameters. In the past these thrusters were always modelled with a horizontal shaft. By tilting the nozzle, the closest possible match was achieved between the client specifications and the modelled thruster for the basin tests. Due to the ever-evolving process in improving the models, new thrusters were built witha 7-degree tilted thruster shaft.

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ANSYS Speeds International Yacht Race Winner

Powered by ANSYS solutions to maximize yacht aerodynamics, 'Emirates Team New Zealand' has captured the Louis Vuitton Cup and won the right to compete in the 34th America's Cup. Faced with the challenge of making fast design improvements to its yacht to stay hyper-competitive, Emirates Team New Zealand used a 100 percent simulation-driven development process — eliminating the need for physical prototypes. Team engineers used ANSYS® computational fluid dynamics (CFD) solutions to virtually test different designs, considering up to 750 operating conditions per design.

Registration Opens for Transas Simulation User Conference

Registration has now opened for the Transas Simulation User Conference 2013, scheduled to be held in Maryland on July 15 - 19, 2013. The conference is jointly hosted by the Calhoon MEBA Engineering School (CMES) and Maritime Institute of Technology and Graduate Studies (MITAGS). Focusing on the theme "Future Trends and New challenges in Maritime Simulation," the international maritime electronics and simulation leader is inviting key opinion leaders to elaborate on upcoming developments and challenges. The Transas SimUC traditionally…

The Full Mission Bridge Simulator

ECDIS Ltd Install VSTEP NAUTIS

UK based ECDIS training and consultancy company ECDIS Ltd unveiled a VSTEP NAUTIS full mission bridge simulator with a 315° viewing capability. It is to primarily be used for Bridge Team training but has been fitted with 4 different ECDIS systems all integrated with the NAUTIS software. The Simulator was opened last month by MP George Hollingbery in Southampton. The Bridge Simulator is to accompany the six smaller NAUTIS simulators already used for visual channels during the IMO 1.27 Model ECDIS Course.