DP World’s UAE region has introduced a special simulator at its flagship Jebel Ali port to train operators on the use of giant Tandem Lift cranes, which are capable of handling four 20-foot containers or two 40-foot containers simultaneously. The device is the first of its kind in the world.
The simulator operates in a virtual real-time environment, giving the trainees the feel of a real Tandem Lift crane cabin setting. Through this application the trainees can familiarise themselves with all the aspects of the huge cranes’ operation before assuming the actual responsibility, reducing any risk to people and equipment.
At the same time, it cuts training time in half. The simulator consists of a cabin identical to that on the actual cranes, equipped with a real control board. It is set on a base that provides the sensation of movement.
The device is surrounded by stereoscopic screens, creating an impression of real-time settings for the crane, with images of objects being moved around on the quay. The “virtual crane” reacts like the real one, with motion and sounds identical to that of a real crane in action.
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