CM Labs Debuts Enhanced Ship-To-Shore (STS) Crane Simulator Training Pack

Updates to the software include offering a more immersive experience with extended support for various crane sizes, delivery methods and loading/unloading operations.

CM Labs Simulations, leading vendor for simulation-based training in the construction and ports industries, today announced the launch of enhanced Ship-To-Shore (STS) Crane Simulator Training Pack, with added features based on feedback from CM Labs’ customers and industry experts. A mainstay in a successful port training program, the updated STS features an enhanced graphics engine, multiple crane sizes, support for various delivery methods, as well as the ability to modify ship orientation. The updated training pack also provides support for distinct port operations, such as simultaneous loading and unloading of cargo.
“Every port operates slightly differently. With this update to the STS, we wanted to make sure that the training addresses the operations needs of various port environments,” said Devon Van de Kletersteeg, CM Labs’ product manager, ports. “With the enhancements, trainees will have a much deeper immersive experience and instructors will be able to more closely replicate the existing port environment. Combining the new features with the underlying power of the physics-based CM Labs’ Smart Training Technology, the STS is the most accurate and realistic offering on the market today.”
Smart Training Technology is comprised of CM Labs’ proprietary and patented algorithms. Built on a high-fidelity real-time physics engine, it includes a mechanical engineering layer with multi-body constraints, transmission, cables, and other real-time simulation features that are unique on the market. This results in training that’s based on real data and real machines.

CM Labs’ STS provides a comprehensive training program on a wide range of ship sizes and load types, enabling port operators to master the complex skills required for efficient operations. Simulation-based training does not interrupt the use of real equipment, translating into fewer safety incidents, faster ship turnaround time, and optimal equipment utilization. New operators learn to use the equipment effectively, safely, and efficiently.

The STS latest update includes:

  • Multiple STS Sizes – expanded offering of cranes from Post-Panamax to MegaMax
  • Support for various delivery methods – train to move cargo to transfers vehicles or straddle carriers on the dock
  • Dual Cycle Support (load/unload) – move cargo off and on the ship in the same exercise
  • Ship orientation (port/starboard) – choose and train for loading and unloading from port or starboard sides of the ship
  • Exercise builder capabilities – instructors can make their own load plans – choose vessel, orientation, and cycle type
  • Enhanced Graphics – combining high-fidelity graphics with the powerful, physics-based CM Labs’ Smart Training Technology, the STS is a deeply immersive, accurate and realistic training solution

The updates for the STS Crane Simulator Training Pack continue to help instructors and trainees focus on developing specific skills and understanding required for effective port operations.
To learn more, contact, or visit Booth E36 at TOC Europe 2023. At the show, CM Labs will be showcasing a number of simulation-based solutions designed to help port terminals obtain faster return on investment on their initiatives, including the Vortex Master, a 10-display motion simulator running an enhanced Ship to Shore (STS) Training Pack, and a special tech demo using Virtual Reality (VR). Visit the booth to meet with CM Labs’ port experts and discuss other innovative technologies, such as the Remote Operating Station (ROS) simulator for STS operations, and tools to improve training management systems.

About CM Labs Simulations

CM Labs’ mission is to simulate the world to make operations safe and efficient, by connecting people, processes, and equipment design.

The company 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, virtual prototyping, and testing. CM Labs’ vision is to be the leader in digital transformation, from machine design to training.
CM Labs clients include the Port of Tilbury, Flinders Adelaide Container Terminal, Indonesian Port Corporation, Napier Port, Ports of Auckland, multiple DP World sites, the Pacific Maritime Association (USA) and over 100 other world-class companies, OEMs, equipment operators, and trades training organizations.

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