hiCRANE Port

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Unique customized training possibilities

hiCRANE Port simulators provide high quality 3D visualization of a synthesized virtual container or bulk terminal. In the full-scale simulators, the crane operator is seated in a cabin fully surrounded by an interactive world, which can be easily populated and configured by the instructor. He has full flexibility to generate exercises resembling real conditions. The combination of visual information, physical movements and audio, results in a very realistic simulation of the actual working environment. Moreover, the ability to log, replay, report and analyse simulation runs, helps the instructor to execute the training in the most efficient manner. After-action review reinforces and measures operator performance. By simulating a wide variety of operating conditions, equipment failures and complex operational situations, the simulator provides a hands-on experience operating a crane in difficult and demanding conditions. hiCRANE Port can be suited to every customer’s needs thanks to our wide range of flexible components.
Our hiCRANE simulators offer a uniquely high level of realism, standard or customized solutions, a wide variety of hardware options, a modular system, fixed and mobile versions, high scenario flexibility and user-friendly interface.

User friendly instructor station

We recognize that the instructor is key to providing effective training solutions. That is why our simulators use an advanced, but easy-to-use interface, which gives the instructor the best tools for creating realistic exercises that enhance the students’ ability to operate the equipment as effectively as possible. In our user-friendly simulators, with just a few clicks of a mouse, the instructor can change the parameters of any training exercise to alter weather conditions, equipment faults/failures and much more. Functionality is the key.

With hiCRANE Port drag-and-drop capability, language translation and several other tools, instructors have access to almost all parameters and can easily monitor and control exercises as they progress. The station includes a control monitor, keyboard and mouse; a colour monitor that provides the instructor with one of several views of the session; a colour printer for generating performance reports; a modem for receiving software maintenance and upgrades; and an Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS) to provide power to system computers in case of power failure.

Training realism in a safe environment

By simulating a wide variety of operating conditions, equipment failures and complex operational situations, the hiCRANE Port simulator is providing a hands-on experience operating a crane in difficult and demanding conditions. Saving port and terminal operators time and money, our simulators are the ideal cost-effective way to instil confidence and increase the productivity of your crane operators. By implementing Simulation Aided Training (SAT), your port or terminal will enter a more productive, proficient and safe working environment for your personnel and cargo.

Simulation benefits

  • Screen applicants for basic skills and hand-eye coordination
  • Improve both apprentice and experienced operator performance through repetition
  • Significantly reduce On-the-Job Training time and reach production targets more quickly
  • Increase overall productivity and safety in your port operations
  • Reinforce and measure operator performance through after-action review and quantitative measurement of student performance, including unsafe actions and their responses to incidents

Our simulator gives you the opportunity to implement one training practice and a certification framework. By reducing errors, damage and accidents, you decreases the number of On-the-Job Training days needed and operators reach their production targets more quickly. By lowering the risk, you have less production stops and you can cut down your operation insurance costs. Saving port and terminal operator time and money, our simulators are the ideal cost-effective way to get port or terminal in a more productive, proficient and safe working environment for your personnel and cargo. Our hiCRANE Port simulators are in use, safely reducing costs for port and terminal operators all over the world.


Key features:

  • Visual realism and physics
  • Cranes: Ship-to-Shore Gantry Crane, Rubber Tyre Gantry Crane, Rail Mounted Gantry Crane, Straddle Carrier, Mobile Harbour Crane, Portal Jib & Multipurpose Crane, Ship’s Crane
  • Various containers and goods
  • Multiple cargo/boat types
  • Adjustable conditions: wind direction and intensity, rain, fog, mist, snow, wave height, tide, time, shadows, people, dock objects and equipment, vehicule and rail traffic
  • Cabin camera, camera surveillance
  • Control system equipment
  • Trainee and instructor cabins
  • A variety of different hardware configurations
  • Configurable training scenarios
  • Our EVa system: web interface for participant evaluation

Take the right step into a more effective and safe operational future with the Oiltec Solutions hiCRANE Port simulators. 


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“An RTG- or straddle carrier driver will feel the bumps, gutters and rails as he drives over the terminal area, and perhaps slides on a patch of ice or an oil leakage.”

Jan BakkerSTC Group, Rotterdam

Some clients using hiCRANE Port:

  • APM Terminals
  • STC, Holland
  • DP World
  • Sestibalsa, Spain
  • PMA, USA
  • CNOOC, China
  • PSA, Singapore

STS Gantry Crane

The following is a general outline of the features and capabilities that can be simulated in the hiCRANE Port STS gantry crane simulator module.

The STS gantry crane module provides a realistic view of both the crane super-structure, lifting gear, vessels and environment as seen from the operator’s position. The wire swing looks natural and skills are required to properly control swing and positioning. Realistic movements from trolley, travel and hoisting as well as sounds of drives, engines and collisions add to the impression of realism.

The quay side and rails of the terminal area is specifically adapted to the STS gantry crane’s dimensions and allows training to be performed in any and all of the vessels’ stacking areas, both on and under deck.

Logistics tasks can be set up for all containers and control the movement of containers in training situations. Vehicles follow directions from the logistics tasks and come to pick up or deliver containers in a timely fashion. The operator reads logistics tasks on a display in the cabin to figure out which container to move and where to move it.

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STS container gantry cranes

Many types of STS container gantry cranes have been developed for the hiCRANE simulator: small barge/ feeder cranes and large super post panamax cranes. Some are based on Noell mono-box cranes, others simulate ZPMC dual-box cranes.

The cranes are equipped with telescoping twin-lift centre spreaders based on models from RAM and Bromma. Tandem crane modules based on ZPMC’s models are available for 2×40’ or 4×20’ lifts.

Cranes can be equipped with Ramshorn/lifting beam with hook connected to headblock instead of spreader to perform heavy break-bulk lifts, like large oversized cargo, yacht lifts, etc.

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RTG Crane

The following is a general outline of the features and capabilities that can be simulated in the hiCRANE Port RTG simulator module. The generic RTG module incorporates most of the basic characteristics shared by modern RTGs.

The highly configurable hiCRANE Port software components allow many manufacturers’ RTGs to be emulated simply by changing parameters in configuration files (e.g. speeds, accelerations and limits) even though the model then looks different. Further adaptations to simulate specific RTG types or models involve making new 3D visual models of the crane to make it look the same and have exactly the same physical dimensions as the real RTG. For instance, the visual model dimension naturally determines the maximum stacking height and width of the RTG.

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The RTG module provides a realistic view of the super-structure, lifting gear, lanes vehicles, containers and environment as seen from the operator’s position. The wire swing looks natural and skills are required to properly control swing and positioning. Realistic movements from trolley, travel and hoisting as well as sounds of drives, engines and collisions, add to the impression of realism.

The RTG terminal area is specifically adapted to the RTGs dimensions and allows training to be performed in any and all stacking areas. Logistics tasks can be set up for all containers and control the movement of containers in training situations. Vehicles follow directions from the logistics tasks and come to pick up or deliver containers in a timely fashion. The operator reads logistics tasks on a display in the cabin to figure out which container to move and where to move it.

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RMG Cranes

The following is a general outline of the features and capabilities that can be simulated in the hiCRANE Port RMG simulator module. The generic RMG module incorporates most of the basic characteristics shared by modern RMGs.

The highly configurable hiCRANE Port software components allow many manufacturers’ RMGs to be emulated simply by changing parameters in configuration files on the instructor station (e.g. speeds, accelerations and limits) even though the model then looks different. Further adaptations to simulate specific RMG types or models involve making new 3D visual models of the crane to make it look the same and have exactly the same physical dimensions as the real RMG.  For instance, the visual model dimension naturally determines the maximum stacking height and width of the RMG.

The RMG module provides a realistic view of the super-structure, lifting gear, lanes vehicles, containers and environment as seen from the operator’s position. The wire swing looks natural and skills are required to properly control swing and positioning. Realistic movements from trolley, travel and hoisting as well as sounds of drives, engines and collisions, add to the impression of realism.

The RMG terminal area is specifically adapted to the RMGs dimensions and allows training to be performed in any and all stacking areas. Logistics tasks can be set up for all containers and control the planned movement of containers in training situations. Vehicles follow directions from the logistics tasks and arrive to pick up or deliver containers in a timely fashion. The operator reads logistics tasks on a display in the cabin to figure out which container to move and where to move it.

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General types

The initial version of the RMG module is based on a Doosan RMG with 28.4m rail span, as delivered to the Pusan Newport Container (PNC) Terminal. Other types can easily be adapted as explained above.

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Straddle carrier

The following is a general outline of the features and capabilities that can be simulated in the hiCRANE Port straddle carrier simulator module. The generic straddle carrier carries many of the characteristics shared by most modern straddle carriers. It is based on the Nelcon HS-3 and HS-4 models, which are accurately modelled.

Combined with the highly configurable hiCRANE Port software modules, many other manufacturers’ straddle carrier models can be easily incorporated into the simulator by changing straddle carrier configuration parameters.

Further customization is possible by accurately modelling a specific manufacturer’s carrier, creating a 3D model as well as a dynamic model, and using these models for the simulation. Even further, Oiltec Solutions can undertake a full simulation of a manufacturer specific carrier, using that carriers native control system and cabin.

Our software handles straddle carriers capable of stacking both three and four containers high, and has been designed to accommodate carrier models with varying capabilities and of various sizes.

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Mobile harbour Crane

The following is a general outline of the features and capabilities that can be simulated in the hiCRANE Port mobile harbour crane simulator module. The generic mobile harbour crane carries many of the characteristics shared by most modern mobile harbour cranes, such as Gottwald and Liebherr. Combined with the highly configurable hiCRANE Port software components, many manufacturers’ cranes can be easily incorporated into the simulator by the customer by changing crane parameters.

Further customization is possible by modelling a specific manufacturer crane and using that for the simulation.

Even further, we can undertake a full simulation of a manufacturer specific crane, making a mock-up of that very specific control system and cabin.

The generic hiCRANE Port simulator control system is built such that all, or much of the functionality is moved from buttons and lamp indicators on the armrests to a generic touch screen Operator Control Application, keeping only joysticks and essential start-up controls on the armrests. This approach is very flexible and allows upgrades to different types or models with ease.

Our software handles both container and bulk mobile harbour cranes, and has been designed to accommodate cranes with varying capabilities and of various sizes.

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Portal Jib Crane

The following is a general outline of the features and capabilities that can be simulated in the hiCRANE Port portal jib crane simulator module. The generic portal jib crane module incorporates many of the characteristics shared by most single jib portal cranes. Its design and capabilities are based on a 30-ton Figee single jib crane with a 37m outreach.

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Figure 1 Portal jib cranes with hook and spreader

Combined with the highly configurable hiCRANE Port software components, other manufacturers’ single jib cranes can be easily incorporated into the simulator by changing crane configuration parameters.

Further customization is possible by making a new 3D model and a new dynamic model for a specific manufacturer’s crane and using that for the simulation Examples of customization can be knuckle boom cranes, lemniscate cranes or other types.

Even further, Oiltec Solutions can undertake a full simulation of manufacturer’s specific crane models, interfacing their respective control systems and using their specific cabins.

Our software handles both container and grab portal jib cranes, and has been designed to accommodate cranes with varying capabilities and of various sizes.

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Figure 2 Portal jib bulk cranes

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