Norway-based OSC (earlier called Offshore Simulator Centre) has secured a contract from Jan De Nul Group to supply a high-end crane simulator for its two new offshore installation vessels, Voltaire and Les Alizés.

Based on real physics and the actual vessel models, the crane simulator will allow the company to train its crew members.

Jan De Nul will use the simulator to train deck crew, superintendents and bridge crew to work with giant cranes.

The simulator is said to help realistically simulate complex offshore installations in a safe environment under critical conditions.

OSC projects head Mathieu Edet said: “The commissioning of a high-end simulator for Voltaire and Les Alizés is a project that is in accordance with our philosophy: delivering cutting edge and multipurpose simulation solutions for engineering teams and mission crew readiness.”

Jan De Nul is expected to receive Voltaire, a jack-up installation vessel, and Les Alizés, a heavy lift vessel, this autumn.

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With their large size and increased lifting capacity, the next-generation vessels will be able to install future wind turbines with 20MW capacity at sea.

Voltaire will be equipped with a 3,000-tonne capacity leg encircling crane (LEC), while Les Alizés will have a 5,000-tonne capacity tub mounted crane (TMC).

Jan De Nul Group electrical and automation department manager Tom Maes said: “This crane simulator will not only be producing extraordinary graphics and close-to-reality sensations like any random video game. The simulator will be based on real physics and the actual vessel models, offering a digital twin of both vessels and tools.”

In 2019, Jan De Nul received the world’s first European Union (EU) Stage V dredger from Keppel Offshore and Marine (Keppel O&M).