CM Labs Vortex Simulator Enhances Port of Tilbury Training Programme

In a move that will benefit military veterans from London and across the UK, CM Labs is today announcing the Port of Tilbury’s purchase of a Vortex Simulator for its Attention to Logistics re-training programme.

Looking to enhance port-specific equipment operator skills, the Port of Tilbury opted for a 13-screen, 270-degree-view simulator with ship-to-shore and straddle carrier training packs. The fully immersive simulator offers all major crane and straddle operation components, including motion, cable and lifting systems, and lift apparatus without the risks or loss of productivity that can be experienced when training in the terminal.

“Vortex simulators provide trainees with valuable experience that prepares them for operating in the terminal,” said Nicolae Sterescu, CM Labs’ Port Solutions Product Manager. “More than learning controls, operators learn how to react to operational hazards like overloads and equipment failures, which cannot be replicated safely during actual operation.”

Vortex Simulators have been proven to help trainees learn operator skills quickly and safely, thanks to unmatched realism and accuracy in the simulated training environment. Powered by CM Labs’ Vortex Studio simulation and visualisation software—validated against empirical and engineering data—these simulators behave just like the real cranes, down to the response and feedback offered by rigging, cables, and loads.

About CM Labs Simulations

The Attention to Logistics training initiative was announced last fall by the Tilbury on the Thames Trust, in association with the Port of Tilbury Logistics Academy, as an introduction to the logistics industry for veterans. The port currently offers a logistics training academy, which will now support the veteran community in developing skills and preparing them for future employment in the logistics sector.

Funded by a £750,000 GBP ($1,014,300 CAD) government grant, a portion of the money was used to create a technology suite and purchase a CM Labs Vortex training simulator.

In February, the Vortex simulator arrived at the London Container Terminal in Tilbury.

“This is an exciting day, as we welcome this state-of-the-art training simulator to the port,” said Stuart Wallace, Chief Operating Officer at Forth Ports and Chair of Tilbury on the Thames Trust. “The launch of the Attention to Logistics program delivered by our award-winning Logistics Academy will create improved pathways to new opportunities for veterans whose military service makes them well-suited for careers in logistics.”

“Our primary goal is to provide training solutions for improved productivity and safer operations through realistic simulation,” said CM Labs’ Sterescu. “We’re honoured that the Port of Tilbury has chosen our Vortex Simulator to provide this experience to their trainees in the Attention to Logistics program.”

About CM Labs Simulations

CM Labs builds simulation-based solutions to help clients design advanced equipment and prepare for skilled operations. Through its Vortex Studio platform, CM Labs provides capabilities for training simulators, mission rehearsal, serious games, virtual prototyping, and testing.

For more than 20 years, CM Labs’ Vortex Simulators have helped train equipment operators in port, maritime, and offshore environments all over the world. In the past few years alone AsyaPorts, DP World, Flinders Adelaide Container Terminal, Indonesian Port Corporation, Napier Port, Patrick Terminals, and TraPac have chosen Vortex simulators to improve operational safety and efficiency.

Vortex® is a registered trademark of CM Labs Simulations.

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