Empty Container Handler Simulator

Maintain maximum productivity while improving skills with simulation-based training.

Empty Container Handler Simulator Training Pack


The empty container handler (ECH) simulator training pack allows you to prepare trainees for the realities of operating equipment in a busy terminal, without placing equipment or personnel at risk or decreasing productivity.

It’s the only ECH training solution on the market that allows operators to experience the effects of unbalanced loads and other causes of machine instability.

Empty Container Handler Simulator

Training pack features

CM Labs is the only simulator on the market that accurately replicates machine stability—providing real-world training opportunities to help reduce the risk of accidents and improve operator efficiency.


With the ECH simulator, trainees learn how to operate equipment in a way that demonstrates respect for co-workers, other equipment and the terminal in general. Our field-proven learning methodology ensures skills learned on a Vortex simulator are transferred directly to the real equipment:

Empty Container Handler (ECH) Simulator Training Pack lifting container

Training Outcomes

The ECH simulator training pack delivers a true-to-life, stimulating experience based on the behaviour and mechanics of the real machine, including load limits and the ability to topple when improperly handled.

The ECH simulator features a fully-modeled, two-stage mast ECH, providing a superior training experience that delivers safer, more efficient drivers:


  • Simulation of all major components to manufacturer specifications
  • 20- and 40-ft mode
  • Includes equipment lights, mirrors and sounds
  • Spreader-landed sensor
  • Integrated with machine control system
  • Nighttime operations

Simulated equipment specs:

Mast height: 10.1 m (33 feet)
Load capacity: 9 tonnes (9.92 US tons)
Max speed: 27 km/h (16.8 mph)

Compatible Hardware:

The ECH Simulator Training Pack can be installed on any Vortex port equipment simulator hardware, with different configurations to meet your budget, space, and training requirements. Designed for years of 24/7 operator training, Vortex simulators are built to last.

Tools and Support

Instructor Operating Station - Trainer and Trainee

Instructor Station

The IOS enables instructors to initiate Vortex Port Equipment Simulator exercise sessions and engage trainees by exposing them to the types of variable conditions they will experience in the real world.

Remote Operating Station for Port Training

Remote Operating Station

Train operators to proficiency ahead of remote crane delivery, with the market’s only Remote Operating Station (ROS) desk simulator that integrates with OEM control systems.

Mobile Training Center - Trailer Cutout

Mobile Training Center

Training and assessment anywhere with CM Labs’ Mobile Training Center.

SImGuide Service-CM-Labs-

SimGuide Service

Simplify integration of your simulator, with guidane for set up, start-up, and beyond.

Port & Container Terminal

Equipment training packs

From ship-to-shore and ship pedestal cranes, to reachstacker and other cargo handling equipment, we offer a wide range of ports and container terminal equipment training simulators that can run on a single hardware platform.

Realistic simulators are an effective tool to evaluate and assess operators for both efficiency and safety. Tracking vital metrics across the entire training scenario, instructors can review statistics after completion, allowing for detailed after-action reviews and reporting.

Let's talk