Simulator Training for Enhanced Safety and Efficiency in Offshore Wind Operations

Søren Einar Veierland
Kongsberg Digital AS, Horten, Norway


To enhance safety and efficiency in the offshore wind industry, advanced physics based simulators have been developed to enable studies and training of crew. Simulator training provides students with physical, behavioural and visual realism to simulate daily operations as well as emergency situations. Due to the inherent risk, potentially dangerous scenarios based on real incidents, which cannot be trained at sea, can be fully exercised in an advanced simulator, preparing the student for how to respond to escalating scenarios and manage crisis.


Simulators facilitate studies and simulation training for most offshore wind operations such as:

·         shiphandling of wind turbine installation vessels on Dynamic Positioning in close proximity of windfarm installations, jacking, ballasting and levelling as well as crane operations during wind turbine erection.

·         maritime operations and walk-to-work simulations for crew transfer vessels

·         wind farm foundation installation vessel operation by floating heavy lift vessels, cable lay, ROV operations and trenching



Simulation is applied to train industry newcomers as well as assessment and retraining of experienced crew, supporting technical and operational skills training as well as human factors. Simulator systems exhibit advanced instructor stations, replay/debrief facilities and assessment systems that make up complete learning systems.


The methods of who simulation training can be used for both individual training and for team training, (CRM) is discussed.


Some cases will be highlight the effects of simulator training.


The paper will influence how training and crew competency in the offshore wind is acquired and managed.


Simulator training is already widely used in education, training and certification of seafarers and offshore crew. The delegates will learn how simulation training can be used also in the offshore wind industry to train and assess the crew competency for ensuring safe end cost-efficient operations.