Launching the world’s first mobile lifeboat simulator by Jim L. Hansen

“Lifeboat drills have over the years led to tragic deaths and number of injuries. Now crew members can train without risk, whenever they want”, says Staale Brungot, former captain and now CEO of ASK Safety.

Morild Interaktiv and the Norwegian company ASK Safety launches their extremely realistic VR-lifeboat simulator at the Seatrade Cruise Global in Miami in the beginning of april. This is the world’s first mobile full mission simulator for lifeboat drill solely based on VR-technology.

“Simulator training gives the crew in-depth knowledge on how to do things correctly before they try it in a real lifeboat. Today cruise companies send their crew to training centres, but with our mobile VR-solution they can practice when ever they want. We are convinced that repetitive training will provide better lifeboat operators”, says Staale Brungot.

Launching and recovery of lifeboats are the most dangerous drills onboard a vessel. The VR-lifeboat simulator allows the users to familiarize with the lifeboat, davit and train on the procedures for lowering, hoisting and hook release. The operator can freely walk around and test all functions. This also includes embarking passengers, and operation of the lifeboat at sea.

Cruise companies can also get tailored solutions, consisting of a VR-simulator with the exact lifeboat and davit, as installed on specific vessels. “You can’t get more realistic training without performing live lifeboat drills. And at the end of the day, it’s also cost saving”, says Brungot.  He also adds that a mobile platform consisting of VR-headset and a laptop means that training can be performed anywhere.

Virtual reality gives the user a full 360 degree view which make training extremely realistic. The instructor can change sea state, visibility and toggle between day and night modes – which also adds to the realism. All done by using an app on cell phone.

Ask Safety is establishing a training centre in Cape Canaveral, USA for STCW certification of seafarers. Safety training using VR-technology will be a vital part of the centre and training courses.

VR – from buzzword to practical application by Jim L. Hansen

Soon to be launched - VR lifeboat simulator

Soon to be launched - VR lifeboat simulator

The use of VR-technology has gone from solely creating trilling enthusiasm to be an important tool for companies all over the world. And, the introduction of relevant content, in addition to the stunning realism, have rocketed the development of VR-simulators.

Morild Interaktiv developed the worlds first VR-ship simulator in 2013 for Rolls-Royce Marine, and have the last years delivered a range of simulators for the maritime industry. Development in technology combined with better interaction solutions and focus on quality content – have opened a whole new market for VR-based simulators for training and product demonstration.

Low cost compared to conventional simulators, and given the mobility of VR solutions means companies now can introduce simulators to a wider range of products. The most obvious areas of use are familiarisation, scenario- and product training, but we also experience that a simulator delivered with the product gives our customers unique advantages in sales.

There is also a growing trend in using VR-simulator technology in developing assembly and operation instructions. Many companies have operators in all corners of the world, and VR is a perfect tool to demonstrate how products are assembled and operated. It’s a fact that learning by seeing and doing are much more effective than reading instruction manuals.

Morild Interaktiv is presently working with VR-simulators for subsea winch operation, lifeboat operation and ship navigation. We look forward to show you all some examples 😊.

UPTIME offers better product training by Jim L. Hansen

UPTIME delivers crew boat gangway VR simulator to their customer Candy Fleet in Louisiana made by Morild Interaktiv. And there's more to come, says Bjørnar Huse director of sales and development at Uptime International.

UPTIME delivers crew boat gangway VR simulator to their customer Candy Fleet in Louisiana made by Morild Interaktiv. And there's more to come, says Bjørnar Huse director of sales and development at Uptime International.

Virtual reality (VR) has entered maritime industry, and is now increasingly used in product training. As one of the leading suppliers of offshore gangways, Uptime International now uses VR simulators to reduce training costs for its customers.

Morild Interaktiv recently launched a VR crew gangway simulator for Uptime International. The simulator is purpose built to train gangway operators in procedures and handling the gangway.
“We are committed to being at the forefront of development and giving our customers the best tools,” says Olav-Rasmus Vorren CEO at Morild Interaktiv which specialises in developing training solutions based on high-end simulator technology.

Bjørnar Huse director of sales and development at Uptime International tells that it is expensive for their customers to train on the use of the gangway on board the vessel. With a VR simulator, the operators can train on shore as often as they want before they use it in actual operations.

Caption from the gangway VR simulator delivered to Candy Fleet.

Caption from the gangway VR simulator delivered to Candy Fleet.

The simulator technology is very well suited for learning procedures and testing out functionality, and not least for repeating the operations multiple times. In particular, simulators based on VR are well suited for training purposes since the cost is low compared to traditional simulators.
“We now deliver VR simulator along with our gangways. First out is the company Candy Fleet located in Louisiana, which has many vessels and operators, and thus a great need for product training,” says Svein Ove Haugen sales & marketing manager at Uptime International.

The crew boat gangway simulator delivered to Candy Fleet consists of a laptop, joysticks and VR headset. Operators are trained in operating the gangway and land it under different weather conditions.
“The operators have to train completely without risk of damaging the walkway or landing platform. In addition, they are trained to handle all functions before operating the actual gangway. This significantly reduces training costs and time spent,“ says Svein Ove Haugen.

Initially, it is the company's 12 meter gangway that is offered with VR simulator, but Bjørnar Huse has plans to offer simulators along with several of their products.
"The technology in VR has come so far today that it is easy for everyone to use the equipment, and we get feedback from our customers that this is useful and cost-saving for them," explains Huse. He adds that this is a supplement in the training of operators, and cannot replace the certification schemes offered by the company.

The simulators are developed in close collaboration between Uptime and Morild Interaktiv.

VR makes better learning more affordable by Jim L. Hansen

Your business can not thrive without well trained employees. And it is well know that nothing beats real job experience. But training accidents are common in many industries, and damage to equipment reduces downtime and income.

To increase personnel skill levels, high number of repetitions of scenarios and procedures is necessary - this is where VR truly shines as the perfect solution.

Virtual reality simulators are a cost-effective tool for familiarisation to environment and equipment. With quality content based upon your business best practice, you can handle high risk or dangerous situations within a controlled environment. VR is truly a safe place to increase your competence.

And let us not forget, not only will you acquire information relevant to your job, but you can start practicing your skills from day one.

It is also well documented that we learn faster studying visuals rather than text. VR training is presented in a visually stunning 3D format which most people find far more appealing than regular old text. You practically bring enthusiasm and engagement to the classroom!

Virtual reality training has until a few years ago been a tool for high-end commercial and military applications. The reduction in hardware prices, faster and better software and a rapidly growing industry of developers of VR solutions means that today the technology is available and cheaper than ever before.

Virtual training simulators allow people to train faster and better with technology that fits inside a laptop.

This gives you a world of opportunities – you are free to join 😊

The new Morild IceNav simulator sets the standard for Polar Code navigation training by Jim L. Hansen

Morild IceNav give a realistic training environment for navigation in polar areas. The instructor of the simulator can change weather conditions which means that the operators have to rely on the ice radar.

Morild IceNav give a realistic training environment for navigation in polar areas. The instructor of the simulator can change weather conditions which means that the operators have to rely on the ice radar.

The increased shipping traffic in the polar areas demands training of crew members to handle navigation in ice. Minimum requirements for the training and qualifications of deck officers on ships operating in polar waters has also become mandatory.

The Morild IceNav simulator is the perfect tool for training deck officers to navigate in ice. This cost-effective training solution is based on VR technology which means that you get low hardware cost and high mobility. In other words – you can do training from your office desk.

The simulator has an instructor module where the instructor can control weather and daylight, add vessels to the scenario, change location, add props to scenario and have voice communication with operators.  

The simulator allows for multiple operators and vessels. The operators navigate by visuals and/or using the ice radar – depending on weather conditions. You can have multiple operators on the same bridge and voice communication between them. In addition, you can have multiple ships and crew with communication between them.

The Morild IceNav is developed in close co-operation with leading operators in polar areas. The simulator can be delivered as a portable system or as a desktop solution. We also deliver conventional simulators for stationary setups.

Morild Interaktiv launched the first VR bridge simulator in 2013 and specialises in training solutions using simulator technology.

Please contact us for more information on our training solutions.