Montreal-based CM Labs Simulations, developer of Vortex training simulators, delivered the equipment last month.

North Carolina Ports has one of the highest crane productivity rates on the US east coast, with more than 40 moves per hour.

In 2018, North Carolina Ports installed two neo-Panamax cranes, with a third installed in 2019, to accommodate loading and unloading of ultra-large container vessels.

The simulator is powered by Smart Training Technology, which provides a training tool that delivers the most transferable skills anywhere, outside of the real equipment.

Machine motion and vibrations are rendered using motion platforms, while the surround sound system delivers authentic equipment and environment sounds.

CM Labs also delivered its Instructor Operating Station (IOS), which gives trainers full control of training scenarios, allowing them to observe from any angle, inject faults and weather conditions, and conduct after-action review of trainee performance.

The addition of the CM Labs Vortex Port Equipment Simulator is an important component of North Carolina Ports’ long-term improvements plan. The simulator serves as a critical training tool for current and future employees, allowing us to better prepare our employees for the cargoes of today and tomorrow by keeping in mind our core focus of safety, speed and efficiency,

...said Brian E. Clark, North Carolina Ports Chief Operating Officer.