LNG bunkering and fuel supply simulator launched

The Wärtsilä LNG bunkering and supply system simulator provides hands-on training in LNG fuel-related operations to improve efficiency and safety. Credit: Wärtsilä

Marine technology manufacturer Wärtsilä is launching a liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering and supply system simulator. The simulator will promote greater safety onboard LNG-fuelled vessels by improving the level of training for operators of LNG systems.

The design is based on the Wärtsilä LNGPac and Gas Valve Unit (GVU) technologies, and includes all auxiliary systems used in connection with the fuel supply. The design is also in accordance with the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping for Seafarers requirements for training seafarers onboard gas-fuelled ships to standards demanded by the IGF Code – the international code of safety.

The scope of simulation includes all operations related to the use of LNG fuel, from bunkering to gas fuel supply and engine operations, as well as troubleshooting. It provides a realistic representation of the user interface for remote and local operating posts, as well as animated 3D visualisation to facilitate situational awareness training. A prepared set of scenarios for tutorials and assessments is available as an additional option.

Sergey Tarasov, solutions manager, Wärtsilä Voyage Solutions, said, “As the move towards LNG fuel gathers pace in the marine industry, it’s essential that crew are thoroughly and expertly trained on handling the related systems. This new simulator is designed to raise training levels on LNG bunkering and supply systems and will therefore also raise onboard safety levels.”

The Wärtsilä LNG bunkering and supply system simulator is available as a one-off purchase or on an annual subscription basis. It is part of the TechSim 5000 product line, which includes various engine room and liquid cargo-handling simulators that have been installed in training centres around the world. The LNGPac simulator enables a number of different configurations tailored to the customer’s needs.

Installations have been carried out at maritime academies and consulting facilities in Italy, Malaysia, and Finland. The simulator can also be utilised for in-house training by shipowners and ship management companies.

The simulator will be officially launched at the Global LNG Bunkering Summit 2020 conference from 28 to 30 January in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.