World's First Full Mission Diesel Electric Simulator Debuts

RTM STAR Center (Simulation, Training, Assessment and Research) has installed what it dubs the world's first Full Mission Diesel Electric Simulator - DE III. The simulator is located at STAR Center's Dania Beach. Fla., facility and is based on a previous design by Kongsberg Maritime Ship Systems.

This simulator, however, has enhanced mechanical and electrical systems enabling it to meet the demanding STCW '95 requirements for Class "A" full mission simulation. The simulator is based on a large cruise ship requiring 40 MW of power at 6,600 volts. There are four diesel generator sets, each rated at 11 MW, connected to two 14 MW synchronous propulsion motors. In addition there are four thrusters (two forward, two aft) and two 600 KW emergency generators. The ship modeled is 77,000 grt, with a cruising speed of 18.5 knots.

The simulator equipment is arranged in a three-room suite consisting of a Control Room, Engine Room, and High Voltage Room. The training can be specific in nature for equipment familiarization or more general when used for plant management or Engine Room Resource Management (ERM).

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Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 49,  Jan 2002 Robin Grigsby

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