Meteksan Defence’s Second Export of Damage Control Simulator to the Korean Republic

With this new contract, Meteksan Defence will provide design and consultancy services for the second damage control simulator supply project, aiming to cover the requirements of the Korean Republic’s Naval Forces.

Issue 100

July 5, 2020. The Damage Control Simulator is the most advanced and up to date solution of its kind and has been developed for the needs of navies worldwide.  Meteksan Defence previously added the Republic of Korea in its customer portfolio after Turkey and Oman, with the contract signed in 2017. Following the first Damage Control Simulator that was completed in 2019 together with a company based in the Republic of Korea, the second Damage Control Simulator project was launched as part of the needs of the Naval Forces of the Republic of Korea. Meteksan Defence signed a design and consultancy contract for the simulator, the construction activities of which will also be conducted in the Republic of Korea.

4 Navies of the countries in the world (Turkey, Oman, Korea Republic and undisclosed one of the Gulf Countries) have preferred Meteksan Defence for their Damage Control Simulator needs so far and Meteksan Defence’s knowhow and experience this and its success in all global tenders as a successful bidder position the company as a leader in this field.

Damage Control Simulator

The aim of Damage Control is to control and repair the damage that may occur in vessels due to various reasons at times of peace, crisis and warfare within the shortest time while enabling the ship’s transfer to the nearest port for maintenance and repair by enabling ship’s mobility. The Damage Control Simulator also provides training in compliance with international and maritime standards on a true to life platform for the timely and full execution of response to damage occurring on board involved in accidents and those for water disposal and isolation activities. The system offers an adaptable difficulty level and automated controlled staff training options at all different levels ranging from a basic level to an advanced level with its contemporary technological design. It will also include evaluation, comparison and reporting capabilities. As a part of ship’s availability for sailing, Damage Control capability is highly critical in terms of maintaining the integrity, stability and maneuverability of the ship. The most crucial indicator of having such capabilities is the damage control training that is provided to the crew of the ship which is conducted in a realistic training environment and in line with high standards. For the realistic execution of the training, three decks (one open deck) and four compartments composed of an engine room, a pump room, a dining hall and a life space for staff are located within the simulator.  The simulator is actualized completely through domestic design with 15 degrees of roll to both sides through the hydraulic system simulating potential situations in real sea environments.  Limited sight and free water levels at various sea states can be simulated while training involving actual limitations in mobile and wet compartments are conducted.  Similar to that of the Fire Training Simulator, in order to support such training, products with advanced levels of design are utilized and communications, safety, alarms, sound and light effects, artificial smoke and camera monitoring systems are included as well.

For the implementation of a realistic incident similar to that of boats taking on water, training in rising water levels in a compartment up to 140 cm can be simulated. As part of the simulator in the compartments there are 41 low pressure, 13 high pressure damage simulations, 4 flange simulations, and various types of damage isolation techniques are conducted such as shoring, driving a quoin and wedge, patching etc. At the same time, damage control organization, casualty power cable laying, smoke exhausting and water discharging, plotting and training for carrying injured staff and operation of mobile fire engines are available in the various compartments of the simulator. 

Both the damage control and fire training simulator enable the execution of training which are difficult to perform at sea and on the platforms, providing a realistic environment located on shore while allowing the personnel employed at seas, platforms and coastal facilities to maintain the highest level of damage control capabilities.

The Damage Control Simulator of the Korean Republic’s Naval Forces contains certain differences from the other end-users (Turkey, Oman). This simulator is nearly 35 percent bigger yet the deck and the compartment numbers are the same. The size enables the training of multiple damage control teams at the same time in line with the preferred usage concept. The simulator has certain electronic system simulations such as the IPMS which is used in modern ships, which is another distinction. The Integrated Platform Control and Management System (IPMSEPKIS) allows the processing of ship damage via an electronic board in a way to contain the automation and monitoring with this platform.