OCTOBER 31, 2014 — Propulsion system specialist Schottel is now offering simulator training at its Spey/Rhine, Germany, headquarters where a new Transas simulator at the Schottel Academy enables customers to exercise their handling and knowledge of Schottel propulsion systems, seated as if on the bridge of a real vessel.
Participants learn how to deal safely with the different Schottel propulsion systems, control levers, operator panels and displays.
"Again and again," says Schottel, "crews are faced with situations where a fast response is essential – both during their normal work and even more so in emergencies, such as sudden evasive maneuvers or system failures. The correct response in difficult situations must be learnt in such a way as to allow instant recall. Simulators have a decisive role to play in learning the correct sequence of measures to be taken – for greater safety and efficiency.
The simulator has been specially tailored to the requirements of Schottel customers by Schottel instructors and by Transas, and the training personnel have received the appropriate qualifications.
The training program currently covers a wide range of different propulsion unit sizes with various configurations in a current total of ten different vessels, with examples including ferries with two units in both the bow and the stern, tugs with two units in the stern and an STT in the bow, and offshore vessels with two units in the stern, an STT in the bow and a retractable unit in the bow.
Six ports and waterways are stored in the system, including St. Petersburg, the Bay of Kiel and the Suez Canal.