Jan De Nul orders crane simulator for heavy lift vessels

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: 06/06/2022 Jan De Nul Group

Jan De Nul Group has ordered a high-end crane simulator covering its two Next Generation Offshore Installation Vessels Voltaire and Les Alizés, soon to be delivered.


The crane simulator will be based on real physics and the actual vessel models, enabling Jan De Nul to train its crew members and realistically simulate complex offshore installations in a complete safe environment, in the most severe conditions.

The partner for the development of this simulator is the Norway-based company OSC AS (previously known as Offshore Simulator Centre).

This autumn, Jan De Nul welcomes two new Next-Generation offshore installation vessels: the Jack-Up Installation Vessel Voltaire and the Heavy Lift Vessel Les Alizés. The Jack-Up Installation Vessel Voltaire will be equipped with a 3,000-tonnes Leg Encircling Crane (LEC), the Heavy Lift Vessel Les Alizés with a 5,000-tonnes Tub Mounted Crane (TMC). In order to train future operators, deck crew, superintendents and bridge crew to work with these giant cranes in a safe and realistic environment, Jan De Nul ordered a high-end crane simulator with OSC AS.


This device will offer the chance to operators, deck crew, superintendents and bridge crew to train the specific skills and techniques required to operate the cranes, in a safe but realistic environment. It will allow them to prepare for different work situations, such as working in extreme weather conditions, with heavy loads and strict installation tolerances. Varied mission equipment, such as the motion-compensated pile gripper, including the communication and interactions between the different persons involved in lifting procedures, will also be a key aspect of the training package.

Featuring advanced dynamic and hydrodynamic models incorporated in the software, this training device will be a digital full-scale replica of the real set-up on board, including a fully digital environment where future or existing project scenarios can be uploaded, tested and rehearsed.

This full-scale simulator will be installed in the new dedicated simulator centre in Jan De Nul’s new office building in Belgium. The set-up includes a crane operator dome, a vessel operator station, a (de)briefing room and an instructor station.

The crane operator cabin with the real-life Huisman operator chair including the dedicated control system will be installed in a 7-metre-high dome.

The vessel operator station will have a real-life bridge desk where systems as the Dynamic Positioning (DP) system, Ballast and Heeling system and Jacking system can be controlled.