The oil spill functionality in the NTPRO 5000 navigational simulator enables response vessel crew to develop the following skills:
- Response vessel formations, manoeuvring and communication;
- Controlling oil booms, skimmers, busters and oil barges.
The modelling of response objects such as booms and busters is based on the manufacturers’ equipment data. Speed and sea state limits are also accounted for.
There are three different NOFI busters currently available: ocean, harbour and current buster. Busters can be operated either by two vessels or by a single vessel using a boom vane. The correct speed, with consideration of the actual sea state, is vital for a successful operation, and these factors are realistically simulated. Likewise, poor handling of booms results in leakage. Interaction with various objects is modelled as well; for instance, dangerous objects will deflate booms and cause leakage. Vessels can deploy skimmers for oil collection.
The behavioural realism is aided by the spill’s visual appearance, which depends on the amount of spilled oil and the type of oil spill.