New simulator will be used to train operators for STS, RTG and ship pedestal cranes.
GlobalSim has installed one of its “Full Mission” crane simulators in Baltimore for the Steamship Trade Association. The Full Mission model is GlobalSim’s high end product, with a full operator chair and cab structure.
“This is one of our latest and greatest simulators” remarks Brad Ball, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at GlobalSim, Inc. “The Steamship Trade Association of Baltimore had some unique needs and we were able to work to deliver this system to them in a timely fashion. It should take their training to a new level.”
Ports America Chesapeake Vice President Bayard Hogans said, “This simulator conforms to the exact specifications of our large berth-side cranes at Seagirt Marine Terminal and will allow us to provide a high level of training specific to the requirements of a crane operator in our container operations. We also intend to use the simulator to enhance the skills of our existing crane operators. We look forward to integrating the simulator into our training.”
The simulator is a GlobalSim 5th Generation Full Mission system, with eight flat-panel 4k displays and a proprietary Three DOF (degrees of freedom) motion base designed to mimic the motions of a real crane. “The controls and buttons on the simulator are authentic and laid out nearly exact to the real cranes at the port. The system also features an instructor control station that allows operators to practice unlimited scenarios – including difficult weather environments and other emergency situations – that cannot easily be practiced on the real equipment,” GlobalSim notes.
Scott Cowan ILA International Vice President and Michael Angelos, President of the Steamship Trade Association of Baltimore remarked, “This was an STA/ILA initiative designed to support cargo-handling and take advantage of the latest in technology to upgrade our training and qualification of crane and RTG operators at the Port. These are critical positions and this technology will assist us in maintaining our already world-class productivity and safety record.”
The Maryland Port Authority claims Ports America Chesapeake “has the highest vessel productivity rates in the country with 38 moves per hour”, citing port productivity figures produced by the Journal of Commerce in 2014 and 2015.