Ship operations and cargo handling is considered being “the reason for shipping”, i.e. they must be carried out safely and efficiently in many perspectives. Various types of ships demand for different types of training and practice. This can now be done efficiently in the “Cargo Operations Studio”, a simulator developed and designed for “game-based” education and training of ship operations and cargo handling.
The Cargo Operations Studio, COS, is designed by lecturers at the Divison of Marine Design. Their common experience from traditional teaching in lecture rooms during many years formed an idea how to design a lecture room (or training studio) using the latest technical aids needed to accomplish pedagogical teaching and training using simulator tools. The idea was to utilize computer software to simulate ship operations and cargo handling in a realistic way using game-based interactive learning.
Different vessels can be used for education and training purposes, for example: a crude oil carrier, a product tanker, a chemical carrier, LNG and LPG/LEG carriers, a pure car truck carrier, a RoRo carrier and a container feeder vessel.
The Cargo Operations Studio offers a range of training modules developed for university studies (bachelor and masters degree), in total 600 hours training carried out by 150 students annually.