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Friday, February 21, 2020 

Kongsberg Digital has delivered and commissioned the first K-Sim Fishery simulator, which is said to lead the way in bringing this type of training to the fishing industry.

The K-Sim Fishery simulator at Lofoten Vocational School’s new facility in Leknes, Norway has been developed with input from the school in order to provide modern simulation technology that builds competence, improves safety, sustainability and quality in fishery. The simulator provides a full-scale training environment with realistic vessel behaviour due to the advanced physical engine. It is designed as a fishing vessel bridge with all necessary equipment to carry out a fishery scenario. Integrated with Kongsberg Maritime (SIMRAD) professional fishery equipment, including echo sounder, sonar and trawl monitoring systems, it enables fish finding and catching training to secure the right catch and reduce possible by-catch.

K-Sim Fishery is a complete system for the education and competence development of fishing vessel crew, helping them to become familiar with and operate different types of equipment whilst building an understanding of a variety of fishing techniques and their applications. Students will perform exercises where they learn to safely use the equipment and vessel, efficiently store the fish, carry out maneuvers to control the gear and ensure the quantity and quality of the catch, and optimize working hours and fuel consumption.

Finn Axel Hartvigsen, Manager Maritime department, Lofoten Vocational School, said: “We are very pleased and proud to be the first training centre with the K-Sim Fishery simulator. The system is perfectly in step with the industry’s technology, allowing us to deliver training which is completely relevant and immediately applicable to our students’ everyday working lives. We firmly believe that, through this approach, we can help make the fishing industry both safer and more sustainable.”

K-Sim Fishery complies with the latest STCW-F and DNV GL certification standards for training. K-Sim Fishery has been sold to several other training institutes.

Tone-Merete Hansen, SVP Maritime Simulation, Kongsberg Digital, said: “Improving the safety and productivity of fishing through targeted training is directly relevant to over 50 million people who rely on fisheries and aquaculture for their livelihoods. Safety, efficiency and sustainability go hand in hand: by equipping fishermen with the knowledge and equipment they require to increase the quality and repeatability of their catch, we can help to reduce the risk of overfishing, while experience with the vessel and equipment involved increases safety. We are delighted to be able to facilitate these goals through K-Sim Fishery and look forward to supporting Lofoten Vocational School and other schools as they develop their training strategy using the new system.”

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