VSTEP’s ‘innovation hotspot’ launched in Rotterdam

VSTEP's new ‘innovation hotspot’ situated near RDM in the Rotterdam Innovation District. (Credit: Florian Cramer)

The Netherlands-based simulator manufacturer VSTEP has moved some of its functions to a new ‘innovation hotspot’ situated near to the former shipyard Rotterdamsche Droogdok Maatschappij (RDM) in the Rotterdam Innovation District.

“This new location will serve several purposes and assist VSTEP’s goals to streamline processes and improve quality control,” the company’s spokesperson said.

VSTEP added that it will use the location at RDM for several purposes, including displaying an assortment of maritime simulators that will be available for demonstrations. The assembly of large orders will also be conducted at the location, and it will be used for factory acceptance tests.

“In the future, we plan to also release more console hardware for our NAUTIS maritime simulators,” said VSTEP’s technical director Steve Claes.

He added, “These consoles will include the latest technological advancements and emphasise our drive towards effective, high-quality training methods. This complete package will allow us to offer full in-house solutions to our customers.

“Furthermore, RDM will be used for other innovations that we are currently focusing on such as our investment in Captain AI, which will stake our claim in the emerging autonomous shipping industry.”