SOSC: Seven oceans simulator centre
September 2022 MARIN started the construction of the Seven Oceans Simulator centre (SOSc). With this new research facility, MARIN aims to make maritime operations safer and more efficient through the most realistic simulation of the behaviour of vessels and their interaction between maritime structures, the environment and humans.
Simulate complex maritime operationsThe SOSc will have spherical and moving simulators, a virtual / augmented reality experiment room and human factor measurement and observation techniques that can be used flexibly to simulate complex maritime operations. Arno Bons, manager Simulation & Visualisation: 'The spherical simulators with moving bridge will be unique worldwide because the environmental projection is not only all around, but also upwards and downwards. In the Maritime eXperience Lab we research the latest VR/AR systems and apply them for maritime systems and operations, both above and below water. We can also link all simulators to each other to simulate complex multi-ship and multi-tool operations.'
Safe and maximum operational deploymentThe SOSc provides an important boost to MARIN's mission: clean, smart and safe shipping and sustainable use of the sea. Bas Buchner, managing director MARIN: ‘In addition to research into shipping safety, this new virtual test facility makes it possible to experience the behaviour of future ships during the design phase, in which the role of the crew and cooperation on board are central. It gives the national and international maritime sector the opportunity to develop innovative ships with safe and maximum operational deployment under the most difficult sea conditions.'
The SOSc is set to be operational at the beginning of 2024.