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MAR 2017

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Page 31 of 68 March 2017 / st 31 L ocked inside a purpose-built room at a research institute in the Netherlands, afxed to the oor by anchors drilled down 35 cm into deep concrete, is what looks like a gigantic metal spider with a small boat on its back. This strange mechanical contraption stands on six spindly legs which constantly stretch and contract, causing the small craft it is carry- ing to bang up and down. These movements are the reason this machine exists: What resembles a War of the Worlds alien is in fact a new type of motion-based simu- lator for fast small ships, bounc- ing around as it slams into virtual waves. The machine's spider-like architecture forms the motion platform upon which the replica boat sits, and the technologies controlling the platform make this the most realistic simulator of its kind ever built. Currently housed in the vast R&D center of MARIN (Marine Research Institute Netherlands) at Wagenin- gen, near Arnhem in the Nether- lands, this machine is a further de- velopment of the conceptual Fast Small Ship Simulator (FSSS) for crew training rst shown by its maker, Cruden, at the High Speed Boat Op- erations (HSBO) Forums at Lisbon, Portugal, in 2015 and Gothenburg, Sweden, in 2016. At both events, the prototype simulator was tried by high-speed boat spe- cialists from all over the world and very well received. The prototype is now ready, after further development, to be transported to Den Helder for use by the Netherlands Defence Academy. After the prototype is posi- tively evaluated by the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN), it is expected that by next year the Netherlands Ministry of Defence (MOD) will commission three more production-specication simulators to support their small craft train- ing, a sure sign that the demonstrator has performed so well in preliminary trials that the Navy is convinced of its merits. And it's not only the military that will benet from this simulator: Civilian boat operators and boat designers )JHIMZ3FBMJTUJD 'BTU4NBMM4IJQ4JNVMBUPS Advanced Marine Simulator Borrows from Automotive Tech #Z.BBSUFOWBO%POTFMBBS Currently housed in the vast R&D center of MARIN at Wageningen in the Netherlands is the Fast Small Ship Simulator (FSSS), for use by the Netherlands Defence Academy. (Photo Credit: MARIN)

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