Steering Simulator for Helmsman (SSH) is designed in conformity with the Manila amendments to STCW Convention and Section А-II/4 of STCW Code. It is intended for training and demonstrating of competence of able seafarers deck and ratings forming part of a navigational watch on sea-going and river vessels.
Steering Simulator for Helmsman (SSH) is developed to provide the training, demonstrating and evaluation of competence of ratings forming part of a navigational watch and able seafarers deck in accordance with Section A-II/4 of the STCW Code.
List of basic knowledge and skills, worked out with the use of Steering Simulator for Helmsman:
- Steer the ship and also comply with helm orders in the English language.
1.1. Helm orders submitted in national language.
1.2. Helm orders submitted in the English language.
1.3. Transition to automatic steering.
1.4. Change-over to hand steering.
1.5. Hand steering in the “Tracking” mode.
1.6. Hand steering in the “Manual” mode.
- Keeping a proper look-out by sight and hearing.
2.1. Detecting the object at daylight.
2.2. Detecting the object at night.
- Contribute to monitoring and controlling a safe watch.
3.1. Training procedures to intercession on watch.
3.2. Training procedures to maintain a watch.
3.3. Training procedures to hand-over watch.
3.4. Training procedures to relief of watch.
- active models of merchant vessels more 4100 grt and
- target models of merchant vessels more 4100 grt, cutter, motor boat, sailing yacht, waverunner, marine patrol vessel, FRB, liferaft.
- Marine area passage of the narrows
- District approach from the sea port
- Open sea area
- The areas of inland waterways with one-way traffic of ships
- The area of inland waterways with the oncoming traffic
- The area of inland waterways with access to the sea.
The simulator consists of the Instructor WorkPlace (IWP) software and one or several Students WorkPlaces (WPS).
Functional features of software
Instructor WorkPlace (IWP) manages the process of training the student.
The instructor provides:
- choice of exercises and adjusting the initial parameters (area of navigation, hydrometeorological conditions, time of the day, placement and trajectory of the target vessels, overload situations, installation of navigation signs);
- entry of new targets;
- visual control of the students exercising with the help of virtual cameras;
- getting under way the active vessel and setting its speed;
- active management of the students vessel;
- recording of the exercise for the debriefing.
Students workplace (WPS) provides the student with the opportunity of multiple fulfillment of the exercises set by IWP and improving practical skills.
WPS can be presented in base or compact configuration.
Base configuration includes steering stand with built-in steering wheel, sensor control panel and visualization system on LCD panels.
Compact configuration includes steering stand and visualization system of the surfaced plant which come out on the display of the monitor. Steering is carried out with the help of joystick and mouse.
Students workplace (WPS) imitates steering stand including "autopilot" ("analog" and "digital" versions with operational modes «Auto», «Manual», «Tracking», steering wheel, magnetic compass, gyro compass repeater, helm, direction finder, course recorder, binocular, visualization of the surrounding surface situation.
In order to provide conformity with US Coast Guard recommendations (MERPAC RECOMMENDATIONS ON THE SPECIFICATIONS FOR SIMULATORS TO BE USED TO TRAIN AND/OR ASSESS APPLICANTS FOR CERTIFICATION AS AN RFPNW) simulator include the following features:
- implementation of gyro-compass, steering pump and steering motor failure function to Student WorkPlace on the order from Instructor WorkPlace;
- implementation of the following steering alarms functions (to Student WorkPlace on the order from Instructor WorkPlace): the ARPA guard ring intrusion, gyro-compass failure, smoke and/or heat detectors, running light panel alarms, steering pump and motor failures alarms.
Exercises and manuals on SSH Simulator were developed in accordance with US Coast Guard requirements indicated in USCG 16721 NMC Policy Letter No. 14-02 24 July 2002, subj: "Qualifications for deck and engineering ratings".
For assessment of competence of RFPNW in accordance with “ASSESSMENT OF COMPETENCE RATING FORMING PART OF A NAVIGATIONAL WATCH. (USCG 16721 NMC Policy Letter No. 14-02 24 July 2002)" STORM has developed SSH Simulator contents exercises for demonstrating of competence.
The simulator is supplied with a set of technical and operational documentation, including training and guidance on practical training.
- able seafarers deck
- ratings forming part of a navigational watch
- STCW Code, Section A-II/4, Table A-II/4
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