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A Blended Learning Experience on the New Generation of Two-Stroke Diesel Engine

March 25, 20194 minutes read

With several marine engine regulations implemented to promote maritime safety, adaptability and compliance are of significant concerns for shipowners, which brought about the development and production of the first electronically controlled two-stroke engines on the early 2000s.

Engines suited to manage environmental, economic, and emission requirements offer aid for future-oriented strategies. Engine conversion to full electronic control transitioned a fleet’s operation to improved fuel consumption and efficiency. The electronically controlled engine offers longer time between engine overhauls, enhanced operation versatility, and better control on the engine’s life-cycle cost.

Crew familiarity has become increasingly crucial as owners gradually embrace this technology. This exact innovation in today’s maritime industry makes GigaMare enthusiastic about the recent partnership with Winterthur Gas & Diesel Ltd. (WinGD), the agreement appoints GigaMare as WinGD’s training partner for two-stroke engines in the Philippines. And to further support our clients’ training needs on other major brands, we developed a training portfolio considering the operation and the common troubleshooting cases experienced by the engine’s operators onboard. Aiding the content development of the course, our subject matter experts (an experienced Electrical Technical Officer, and a Chief Engineer) shared relevant references to the course content developers.

Unlike a conventional two-stroke engine, this new generation of engines can fully control the combustion process through sophisticated electronic control systems. Operator can adjust the key parameters of the engine using the main operating control panel placed in the engine control room. Our R&D team had come together to create an EEC simulator; featuring a main operating control panel fully integrated with a 3D replica of the running engine. Combined with augmented reality and virtual reality experience, the simulation exercise offers an immersive learning environment where users get to interact with the engine’s control system and simultaneously witness how each component operate during the whole process.

The training had been receiving constructive and positive feedback from the participants throughout the twelve classes delivered from the pilot last year. Marine and electrical engineers from Philippines, Indonesia, Russia, Cyprus, Greece, and Germany had shared interest and satisfaction on the simulator and the course discussion; expressing that they are more confident to board vessels equipped with an electronically controlled engine.

“Training was great! I learned a lot.” – CE Karpov from Russia

“I learned a lot on the technical details of the engine.” – CE Garapatya from Indonesia


Virtual Reality
New Generation