Vortex Trainer

Maximum operator training flexibility, with all the benefits of first-class simulation.

Vortex Trainer


The desktop-based Vortex Trainer is a portable simulator that allows you to safely and efficiently screen new operators, and begin operator training.

A single Vortex Trainer can run all of CM Labs’ port equipment training packs, including:

  • STS crane
  • Mobile harbor crane
  • Ship pedestal crane
  • Internal transfer vehicle
  • Forklift
  • Rubber-tired gantry crane
  • Reach stacker
  • Empty container handler

This flexibility makes the Vortex Trainer a convenient, affordable solution for integrating new and aspiring trainees into your operations.

Vortex Trainer Simulator

Simulator features

Vortex Trainer simulator - Mobile Harbour Crane Simulator Training Pack

A flexible option that deploys wherever you need it

The portable and compact Vortex Trainer is a full-capability simulator that can run any of our ports training simulations.

Easy to move and set up, the Vortex Trainer allows trainers, health & safety specialists, and terminal managers to deploy training opportunities wherever necessary to comply with hygiene requirements, including remote training. With multiple operators training simultaneously, your roster of qualified employees can also grow while production equipment operates at full tilt.

It is also the ideal option to quickly screen new applicants, and assess whether they have the aptitude & hand-eye coordination required for further training.

Customizable training and scoring

The Vortex Trainer touchscreen reports on performance metrics such as moves per hour, unsafe contacts, time elapsed, and more. These metrics roll up into a final score for the training session, using a system you can customize if needed. Instructors can adjust training conditions to simulate night time operations, or inclement weather. They can also add challenges such as spreader malfunctions or terminal traffic near the equipment.

In addition, instructors can comment and generate reports that provide a 360-degree view of trainee progress over time.

Unlimited exercises

Trainers can adapt port equipment simulator exercises to their requirements, with the Exercise Builder feature that’s built into the Instructor Operating Station.

This feature lets them create unlimited new exercises or updates to existing training exercises, train for prevention of specific incidents, and target training to operator skills needing improvement.

Vortex Trainer Controls

Robust hardware designed for the demands of the classroom

The Vortex Trainer is designed with industrial-grade controls, steering wheels, and pedals developed by manufacturers of port equipment.

It’s designed to provide classroom operations you can count on for years of training.

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.