Maritime simulators have a new role in R&D applications as an effective port and waterways design tool, thanks to the increasing accuracy of models and their adoption by navigators to prepare traffic operations.
Wärtsilä Voyage’s R&D Simulator is, in fact, one of the first simulators designed specifically to test autonomous vessels and navigation algorithms. It uses a highly accurate digital twin of the ship and sensor technology to testbed for new concepts and products in a safe digital environment.
The simulator can be used for a plethora of projects such as port design and planning, fairways design, ship modelling and incident investigation, study ship operations in restricted water conditions and mooring operations, including tug operation. The simulator also acts as a platform for operators and crew to get used to new interfaces, which is critical before sea trials.