Simulators drill K Line handlers
Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line) has ordered the latest-model simulators to train staff on cargo-handling and boiler operations on specialised vessels such as liquefied natural gas (LNG) and liquefied petroleum gas carriers and oil tankers.
Its aim is to maintain or upgrade the high level of handling necessary for safety in such operations.
'Our determination is being made in compliance with the new K Line spirit for [the 21st century], one fundamental direction of which is to further encourage and promote safety in cargo transport and preservation of the environment,' a spokesman said.
The LNG simulator allows for automated cargo-handling operations while the oil tanker unit simulates a double-hull tanker.
The liquid position and pressure of a tank simulator can be flexibly changed from real time to 50 times faster than normal with the use of valve and pump controls on a life-sized console.
This will give trainers a chance to drill the trainees.
K Line said the simulator, with full sound effects, would give trainees the feeling of real operations.
A variety of difficult cases, such as machine malfunctions or emergencies, could be analysed and electronically rearranged into the simulator software.
The trainers could simulate extraordinary scenarios to find out whether drill crews could cope with extraordinary or urgent situations.