Vortex Trainer Overview

Designed with regular use in both classrooms and the workplace in mind, the desktop-based, three-screen Vortex Trainer is a powerful option to add simulation-based training to the developmental workflow of operators at your terminal.

For ports terminals that have already integrated simulation, the Vortex Trainer offers an opportunity to easily expand their training capacity with a flexible, modular simulation platform.

Unique Benefits

Flexible training option wherever and whenever you need it

The Vortex Trainer is a flexible, full-capability simulator which can run any of our ports training simulations.

Easy to set up and move — if required — the Vortex Trainer is a portable solution that allows trainers, health and safety specialists, and terminal managers to deploy training opportunities wherever necessary.

Add valuable training seats

The Vortex trainer is a space-friendly option that allows you to deploy multiple simulation-based training seats easily and within budget at any location within your operations.
With multiple operators training simultaneously, your roster of qualified employees can also grow, meaning increased productivity and fewer workforce related slowdowns.

Training Simulator Hardware

The Vortex Trainer is designed with steel components, and 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.

A simulator that delivers both safety and productivity

Three-Screen Vortex Trainer- 3 screens


3x high-definition side-by-side mounted LCD displays offer an accurate cabin field of view

Joystick controls

Functions of the professional-grade joysticks are identified by magnetic labels that can be switched as needed.

Steering wheel

Supplied with applicable training simulations, the optional force feedback steering wheel swaps out in seconds

Touch-screen LMI

Real-time instrumentation panel and simulator interface with touch controls.


Heavy duty, authentic equipment pedals can be fitted into any of four slots.

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.

Ports simulator hardware platforms

With swappable controls, flexible configuration options, and industrial-grade hardware, CM Labs offers a family of scalable port simulator hardware platforms that can grow with your requirements and budget.

  • “Having the simulator really does ensure that after three weeks, people are getting through the training system. It eliminates the opportunity cost of having a non-skilled operator on site.”

    Port of Tilbury
  • “What stands out about the simulator? Flexibility — the simulator can create a range of different conditions for trainees."

    Flinders Adelaide Container Terminal
  • “You could definitely see that Vortex was more realistic.”

    ZHD Stevedores