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Career Newsletter: Automation

With the end of the quarter in sight, it is time for a new career newsletter! In the rapidly changing world on automation and robotisation, companies in the maritime industry are acting on it with new methods of calculating or simulating. In this career newsletter with theme “automation”, MARIN and Spliethoff Group are telling about automation.

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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.

The 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. The spherical simulators with moving bridge will be unique worldwide because the environmental projection is not only all around, but also upwards and downwards. We can also link all simulators to each other to simulate complex multi-ship and multi-tool operations.


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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.


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Spliethoff Group

BigLift Shipping, part of the Spliethoff Group, specializes in heavy lift and project cargoes. We are KEY IN HEAVY LIFT and handle all heavy, oversized and special cargoes and engineered transport solutions on our fleet of 4 heavy transport and 21 heavy lift vessels.

Although easily summarized in the two above sentences, our cargoes are varying. From huge harbor cranes, to delicate refinery equipment and from enormous jackets and giant modules to many wind turbine blades stacked together. Consequently, one can imagine automation in terms of project preparation and project execution is not as easily achieved. Each step of an operation is being looked into and engineered specifically for one transportation. However, as a company we actually take pride in being able to come up with innovative solutions for every special cargo or transportation requests for our clients, and keeping automation out! See our latest BigNews for an impression of the variety in our industry.


One of Spliethoff's heavy lift vessels


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With an ever loud Splash,

Roy van de Pol
Commissioner of Excursions