To enable operators, handle complex tasks on their job, simulator training is largely used in several domains (e.g., maritime, process, aviation).

Simulator Training has proved to be an effective and efficient mean of training operators, sea-farers, pilots, astronauts to instil the necessary skills required to handle complex tasks.

Training and development activities allow organizations to improve adaptability, competence, profits, production and safety. The operators receive training before and during the working activity, in accordance with best practices, to ensure safe and efficient operations at industrial workplace plants.

Simulator training plays an important part in the education of nautical students. However, at present time realistic ocean currents are not part of this training. As part of the research project SimStrøm, a master student within TARG is currently studying the utilization of high resolution heterogeneous ocean currents in simulator training. The current models were developed in the FjordOs project and are now implemented into Kongsberg’s K-SIM simulator. The aim of the study is to investigate how these advanced current models can be utilized in order to improve simulator training of nautical students, with an emphasis on ship handling. By improving training, a goal is to contribute to safer and more environmentally friendly sea transport.