Simwave Newsletter September 2021

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Message from our CEO Marcel Kind

This week I met a Croatian Captain of a Cruise Ship in our facility who visited us mid-March 2020 when the pandemic just started. At that time he had difficulties to travel back from The Netherlands towards Croatia with all the travel restrictions and we realised how much we missed physical meetings again and training with your colleagues on a full mission simulator.

At the same time we see how resilient the shipping industry is. September was again a great month for us where we conducted different trainings for different segments; cruise, superyachts, ferries, offshore, tankers and inland shipping. Looking at the surveys of each training we learn that the quality is still top of the league.

In this newsletter you’ll learn about mathematical modelling for the offshore industry including full DP connection and ship handling for inland vessels. For the Offshore industry Simwave invested in better solutions for the Renewable Industry, with advanced scenario’s for installing wind farms and possibilities to use different simulators at the same moment to train complete teams of different contractors. Also with the use of our Learning Management System and Competence Management System Offshore suppliers can share best practice guidelines and learn from incidents.

I hope you’ll enjoy this newsletter and when you have a questions I am happy to answer them.

Many thanks and stay safe! 

Marcel Kind
CEO & Founder

Inland Shipping Ship Handling

On the European Water Ways we see an increasing number of ships operating as well as larger ships. Cargo ships, tankers & cruise vessels together with small ferries pleasure crafts makes it sometimes really busy on the waterways. On top of this competent crew becomes an issue in every sector and especially in the inland shipping industry. 

In recent years Simwave became the leading institute of professional training for Shipping Companies. With a large library of different sailing area’s in Europe and a large library of ship models we provide bespoke ship handling training  for the different companies. The Basic Ship Handling is for helmsman and junior Captains and the Advanced Ship Handling is for Senior Captains. Both trainings are available for conventional ships as well as for podded ships.
During the courses we discuss technical aspects, different operations, communication and best practice guidelines (e.g. on defensive sailing). With an increasing number of incidents on the river we also take the incidents investigations of a specific company into account.


When you like the learn more about our Inland Shipping Academy feel free to contact Henk Heiboer.

Dynamic Positioning and New Deployment of DP Model

Dynamic Positioning (DP) systems automatically control a ship’s position and heading using its propellers and thrusters. Position reference sensors, combined with wind sensors, motion sensors and gyrocompasses, provide information to the computer about the ship’s position and the magnitude and direction of environmental forces affecting her position. Environmental forces tend to move the vessel from the desired position, while the automatically controlled thrust balances those forces and holds the vessel in position.

Dynamic positioning systems are typically used by offshore vessels to improve accuracy in manoeuvring and maintain a fixed position or track course. The system is mainly applied to offshore vessels, including semi-submersible Mobile Offshore Drilling Units (MODU), Anchor Handling Tug Supply Vessels (AHTS), pipelayers, dredgers and shuttle tankers.

The competency requirements for key DP personnel is based on the IMO STCW Part A Section A-I/14 as referred to in MSC.1/Circ.738/Rev.1 – Guidelines for Dynamic Positioning System (DP) Operator Training.

In line with this perception, IMCA (International Maritime Contractors Association) reviewed its publication M 117 – The training and Experience of Key DP Personnel in 2016. The main DP personnel are not limited only to DP captains and DPOs and only other personnel onboard such as electrical and engineer officers who need sufficient training and experience to perform their duties on a DP vessel.

  The model Amazon in Simwave’s 360 Offshore Full Mission Bridge simulator

DP training requires the practical operation of the DP system. This is possible with the help of advanced training simulators. In Simwave, specifically, the trainees can be trained on a simulator of their own ship.

We developed specific models for the needs of the customers. This can help them to practice with all the same manoeuvring characteristics as their real ship. The Amazon pipe-laying model is an example. The model was developed under the agreement between McDermott, Simwave and Kongsberg and for installation of the real Kongsberg Dynamic Positioning software (K-Pos DP-2) of the Amazon on Simwave 360 Offshore Full Mission Bridge simulator.  

Open enrolments

On our website we also offer a range of open courses. These courses will be extended in the coming period. The open courses that we are offering at the moment are LNG introduction for shoreside personnelPolar & Ice Navigation (Polar & Ice Navigation Basic now also online!) , DP Familiarization CourseSTS operationsNavigation Assessor CourseIGF course, etc.

Please have a look at our open courses.


  • Bridge Resource Management 25, 26 & 27 October

In our Learning Management System we also offer a lot of different courses. If you would like to know more please contact us

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