The Royal Netherlands Navy has placed orders for a new ship simulator that enables crews to maintain their skills in a more cost-effective manner.

The Defence Materiel Organisation and CSC signed a contract for construction and maintenance of the simulator up to 2025.

The new Ship Handling Simulator provides an accurate representation of a real world scenario, simulating many different situations for training in manoeuvring and navigating new ships.

The simulator can be used to train up to six teams simultaneously, either separately or together, thus reducing costs.

Work on the simulator will begin this autumn and is scheduled for delivery in 2013.