Marine technology specialist Kongsberg Maritime has launched a new charter vessel, allowing it to improve courses at its Aberdeenshire training centre.
True North, which works out of Stonehaven, will initially support training for the firm’s High Precision Acoustic Positioning (HiPAP ) system.
The boathas been customised to Kongsberg Maritime’s specifications, and gives traineesa chanceto put into practice what they have learned in the classroom at Westhill.
Training managerEuan Duncan said: “Operational systems are critical to maintaining an ongoing service, so any downtime to allow employees to train in the offshore environment is often financially prohibitive.
“The HiPAP courses are just the start of a full programme of training for offshore surveyors and survey engineers that will focus on using high-end technology and techniques to achieve the best results.
“We also plan to introduce a practical element on True North for training with AUVs (autonomous underwater vehicles), which is a growth market for Kongsberg Maritime, and multi-beam products for hydrographic surveys.”
True North has been chartered for one year from McLachlan Marine, which also supplies crew transfer services for Kongsberg Maritime’s engineers.