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New generation navigation and DP simulators in Tsakos Group’s training facility in Athens


K-Sim-Tsakos-500x250Tsakos Group’s newly established training centre, the Maria Tsakos TCM Academy in Athens, has been provided of K-Sim Navigation and K-Sim DP, Kongsberg Maritime’s latest generation ship-handling and Dynamic Positioning simulators, chosen to further advance the group capabilities.
The already existing simulator system will be upgraded to K-Sim Navigation (launched in November 2014) to better fit new DNV GL and Nautical Institute compliance requirements, as well as the ones of some of the most demanding navigation training for merchant, offshore and naval vessels.
A Long Term System Support Program (LTSSP) established in 2013 as part of a Kongsberg simulator delivery to Tsakos enables the migration from the Polaris system to K-Sim Navigation. The LTSSP facilitates early, easy access to the latest Kongsberg simulation software and technology. Jointly with the Maria Tsakos TCM training academy team, Kongsberg Maritime will also develop a new DP vessel model for use on the new K-Sim DP and K-Sim Navigation simulators.
For Tsakos Group, one of the leading shipping companies in Greece, and its technical managers, Tsakos Columbia Shipmanagement (TCM) S.A., education and training of crew is of the highest priority. To ensure that all human resources on board and ashore continually advance their training and competencies, Tsakos Group and TCM established the Maria Tsakos TCM Academy in 2014. The Academy is a latest generation Maritime Training Centre for the training of the Group’s seafarers and shore staff.
“When you are at sea, mistakes are not allowed. The protection of Human life and the environment are non-negotiable matters. The simulator offers you an unprecedented opportunity to operate and react in a virtual, yet fully realistic- environment where mistakes become lessons learnt. It’s an exceptional educational experience not available on board. It also serves as the best proactive measure to initially educate and ultimately test and evaluate an officers’ competence and readiness to undertake higher rank duties and responsibilities,” says Cpt P. Drosos, Managing Director of TCM.
K-Sim Navigation is based on a new cutting-edge technology platform enabling more realistic training scenarios and enhancing user benefits for both instructors and students. It features an advanced physical engine and state-of-the-art hydrodynamic modelling, allowing vessels, objects and equipment to behave and interact as in real life. A sophisticated visual system has been developed so that vessels and other objects are realistically portrayed in all weather conditions.
“The Tsakos Group’s association with Kongsberg Maritime goes back over many years and our officers are very familiar with their equipment and after sale service and assistance. Kongsberg Maritime supplies high quality equipment and provides excellent customer service both ashore and on board. In this respect our selection was the obvious choice,” adds Cpt P. Drosos.


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