Peel Ports introduces ‘virtual’ crane operations at Liverpool
In anticipation of the arrival of five of the world’s largest cranes at the Port of Liverpool in the autumn, Peel Ports has introduced a state-of-the-art ‘virtual’ training simulator on site, designed to ensure all operators are ready to manoeuvre the giant structures from day one of installation.
Peel Ports has been working closely with ABB, a global leader in automation, to produce a customised, high-tech training simulator tailored to interactively test the abilities and skills of drivers by presenting them with realistic, operating scenarios. The company has invested over £500,000 in developing the simulator and the associated software.
The crane simulator reproduces the equipment layouts and behavioural movements of the actual ship-to-shore (STS) and semi-automated cantilever rail mounted gantry cranes (CRMG).
The software package on the simulator incorporates highly visual, real-life landscape graphics depicting the Liverpool skyline, including the iconic Liver building and the river Mersey.