Port of Tilbury


Tilbury, UK


Training Simulator

ST Engineering Antycip, in partnership with CM Labs, has completed a specialist simulation training project for Port of Tilbury, Essex, England owned by Forth Ports.

This makes the Port of Tilbury extremely busy, and means that physical equipment or experienced personnel are not always available for training purposes.

ST Engineering Antycip and CM Labs have provided a Vortex Port Equipment Simulator to support the port’s training through its Logistics Training Academy.

The simulator runs CM Labs’ Vortex Ship-to-Shore and Straddle Carrier training packs, which include:

  • STS Crane Simulator
  • Straddle Carrier Simulator.

These offer competency-based training using vivid, true-to-life simulation that enables trainee operators to develop real skills in progressive learning programmes.

Simulation Benefits for Port of Tilbury


Traditional methods of training, involving trainees learning on actual equipment with experienced operators has had its disadvantages.

Firstly, there is the issue of resources. Trainees normally undergo a three-week programme of training, but that depends on the equipment, as well as the operators, being available.

In a busy port environment, that is not always the case, which can mean the extension of training programmes by several weeks.

Secondly, there are risks of damage to equipment, and injury to personnel, through incidents and accidents during training.

The use of the Vortex Simulator addresses both these issues.

It gives trainees convenient access to the equipment that they need, without having to work around availability or compete with the port’s daily business needs.

And it helps to protect both trainees and port equipment by enabling them to train in a safe, simulated environment.

How Simulator-based Training Adds Value to Port of Tilbury


Not only does the Vortex simulator address immediate training problems, but it offers new opportunities for how the port trains its employees.

These methods include advanced monitoring and measuring of performance to enhance and improve productivity.

The port is already seeing improvements in its training success rate.

Its operators are better equipped with the skills they need when they start using real machines, and improved training success adds business value by reducing employment costs and helping to drive recruitment.

The whole process is more efficient, while reducing equipment wear and tear costs.

One of the port’s main areas of focus is providing training and support for armed forces veterans, and simulation training supports this initiative.


Opportunity Costs and a Safety-first Approach


The Port of Tilbury has been in business for 135 years, and it continues to grow and plan for the future.

Ensuring its training programmes are effective, efficient and safe is a key part of this.

By integrating the Vortex Port Equipment Simulator into its training programmes, it can reduce the opportunity costs associated with physical equipment training, and help ensure the safety of both people and equipment during the training process.

A critical factor in the port’s decision to use the Vortex Simulator was CM Labs’ global credibility as a developer of training simulators.


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