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Friday, November 1, 2019 

RH Marine has provided a new Rhodium WECDIS trainer to the Dutch Royal Institute for the Navy (KIM) in Den Helder to provide more effective training for future naval officers.

The new navigation trainer, which will also be used by the Navy Sailing School, makes it possible to practice several scenarios with multiple students at the same time. Thanks to the collaboration with VSTEP Simulations, this takes place in a virtual environment. The certification of the new system makes it possible to take exams in the classroom instead of on marine training vessel Van Kinsbergen. As a result, that ship can be used more for practical nautical training.

RH Marine was one of the first companies to develop its own digital chart and information system (ECDIS) with additionally a special version for military purposes: the War Electronic Chart Display and Information System (WECDIS). Rhodium WECDIS has been supplied to vessels of the Royal Dutch Navy, but never before to its training institute.

All aspects of safe navigation are trained, such as mapping out routes, determining positions, keeping ships on course, avoiding shallows and preventing collisions. A total of thirteen training stations are equipped with a Rhodium WECDIS, one for the instructor and twelve for students. They can go through their own teaching programme or train together in a single simulation environment. By interacting and communicating with each other, they learn how to navigate safely with several ships in the area. Additions include radar images, with which students can better determine where they are in poor visibility, and a communication module. The virtual reality of VSTEP Simulations makes it possible to see the environment in 360 degrees, like other ships and the coast, but also fog, rain or other difficult weather conditions.

“Thanks to this upgrade, KIM can train more realistically and more extensively. Instructors can create multiple scenarios within the simulation environment and use debriefing and assessment tools to better assess the midshipmen's navigational skills,” said RH Marine project leader Eric Wiecherink.

Justin Jepkes, project leader from the Royal Dutch Navy said: "RH Marine has been a reliable and well-known partner within the Navy for many years, which is why we also entered into a partnership for this project".

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