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The ships were ordered and are now being built, the first ship being commissioned and in operation. A standard LNG carrier is a highly specialized ship, at least when it comes to the cargo compartments. With respect to propulsion and ship handling, they are not, however, special in any way. We are talking about single screw, one big main engine, no bowthruster and a horde of tugboats pushing the ship around in port. The difference to the triple- Azipod® Yamal LNGs is stunning. As it turned out, the shipowners realized that a challenge existed in converting crews from standard ships operating in lower latitudes, to the high-tech arctic ships. Soon the propulsion system contractor, ABB Marine and Ports, was contacted and a project to deliver specialized training was initiated. A short backtrack: Azipod® operation training was first developed starting in 2010, when ABB, after realizing that the training would benefit greatly from being simulator-based, contacted Aboa Mare Academy and Training Center for discussions on co-operation. Aboa Mare, the leading maritime training provider in Finland, accepted the invitation, and, in co-operation with ABB, started developing a training program. After piloting the training, the commercial training commenced in early 2011. At an early stage, this basic Azipod® training was designated a “workshop”, rather than using a more traditional “course” denomination. This was in order to point out that a high degree of interaction and teamwork is used, and indeed required, in the same way the operation of a Azipod® ship demands a lot of the bridge team. The workshop soon evolved into two versions, one for the operational level and one for the management level officers. Over the years, several dozens of training workshops were delivered. Back to the present: The above mentioned DAS Azipod® Yamal LNG specialized workshop was planned and piloted during 2016, in co-operation with ABB Marine and Ports and Aboa Mare. Basically, Aboa Mare focused on the simulator training scenarios and ABB was responsible for the planning the theory lectures and materials, but there was, however, a lot of interaction already during the planning stage. the simulator. This function was not available in the standard simulator configuration, and thus had to be built from scratch, again a demanding job for the Aboa Mare technicians. It all came together and turned out to work beautifully! It is extremely nice to achieve something as the first in the field! From the beginning, the new workshop was planned as being very focused on hands on training, giving the trainees the real feel for their new machines. This was realized by using the specially adapted simulator facilities of Aboa Mare. Around 75 % of the workshop time is spent in the simulators, keeping the theoretical discussions down to the essentials, to be refined hands on in the simulated Arctic. The simulator ice-modeling software as such proved to lack some of the functions needed for training the recommended operation of the huge gas carriers. Aboa Mare personnel again put in an effort, and, by thinking “out of the box”, it proved possible to achieve the desired functions by performing certain manual inputs in an unorthodox way. It can be described as running the simulator in “overdrive”, pushing the limits and operating at least 120% ! Quite a lot of work went into creating the simulator modeling, “building” the Sabetta harbor and Bay of Ob, as well as the Yamal LNG simulator ship-model. The harbor and approaches were put together by Aboa Mare´s technical team, which was quite stretched but delivered a remarkably accurate harbor model which worked perfectly. The ship model was constructed by simulator supplier Transas Ltd, and this model also turned out to be a smoothly working tool. The double-acting function of the ship also had to be modeled in The workshop was then considered ready for testing and a pilot workshop was conducted in May, 2016. It was attended by representatives from various shipping companies involved in the Yamal LNG project. On the whole, the pilot workshop was a success, and only minor adjustments were made to the curriculum and exercises. The workshop was then ready for delivery. In November 2017, the first commercial workshop was ordered. However, as the attendees did not have any previous Azipod® experience, the company requested a combination of the earlier operational level basic (three-day) Azipod® workshop, and the new ice operation (five-day) workshop, making it an eight-day combination, which soon became the standard delivery. To date, half a dozen Arctic Azipod® workshops have been delivered. It is easy to declare the concept a resounding success! Without exception, the attendees described the workshop com bination as extremely important and absolutely necessary for the successful operation of their new cutting-edge, technology- filled ships. “I would never have set my foot on that ship without this training!” The training continues. • If you would like to know more about how Aboa Mare Academy and Training Center can help your company and its operations, please get in contact with us at maritime@aboamare.fi or find us on the web at http://www.aboamare.fi/ 21