Straddle Carrier Simulator

A pressure-free, safe learning environment for rapid acquisition of operator skills.

Straddle Carrier Simulator Training Pack


The Straddle Carrier Simulator lets novices learn how to operate the equipment and get up to speed faster. It incorporates CM Labs’ Smart Training TechnologyTM — resulting in a training solution that delivers the most transferable operator skills anywhere, outside the real equipment.

With more hands-on training time, operators can reach proficiency without compromising the safety or efficiency of day-to-day terminal activities.

Straddle Carrier Simulator Training Pack - Dropping Off a Container Exercise
Straddle Carrier 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.

Straddle Carrier Simulator Training Pack - Lifting a container exercise


When operators train on a straddle carrier simulator, they learn the intricacies of working efficiently and safely in a busy port environment. This ensures that skills learned on the simulator transfer directly to the real equipment. Vortex simulators feature:

  • Progressive learning program replicating terminal operations
  • Multiple load types, including 20- and 40-ft. regular, refrigerated, and open-top containers
  • Unloading exercises on flatbed container chassis and container yard
  • Port driving and traffic rules
  • Adapting to the challenge of variable weather and wind conditions
Straddle Carrier Simulator Training Pack - Dropping Off a Container Exercise

Training Outcomes

The Straddle Carrier Simulator Training Pack replicates the performance of a 1-over-2 straddle carrier. It models all major components to exact physical and mechanical specifications, delivering an authentic operator experience. It simulates:

  • Equipment suspension system, acceleration, braking and turning
  • Hoisting system and spreader
  • Equipment fault, such as truck misalignment, and inability to lock/unlock containers from the spreader
  • Integrated with machine control system

Simulated equipment specs:

Stacking capacity: 3 containers
Load capacity:

  • Single mode – 45 tons
  • Twin mode – 61 tons
  • Single twin – 30.5 tons

Compatible Hardware:

The Straddle Carrier 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.

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