Maritime Simulation Training

Bridge Simulator

A maritime simulator is a system that simulates ships and maritime environments for training, research and other purposes. Today, simulator training given by maritime schools and academies is part of the basic training of maritime professionals.

At minimum, a maritime simulator consists of a software that realistically simulates the dynamic behavior of a vessel and its systems in a simulated maritime environment and an interface that allows the person using the simulator to control the vessel and interact with its simulated surroundings. 

With full mission bridge simulators, this interface consists of a realistic mock-up of the vessel's bridge and control consoles, and screens or projectors providing up to 360-degree virtual view of the ship's surroundings. Without the real-time visualisation, the simulation software can also be used for "fast time" simulations where the vessels are controlled by autopilot. In addition, there are maritime simulators for example for ECDIS, engine room, and cargo handling operations, as well as shore-side operations such as Vessel Traffic Service (VTS).

(The links below provide information about some of the projects/upgrades that are in place by the Erasmus+ program partners) 

(i)     Solent University (Southampton UK)

(ii)    Cape Peninsula University of Technology

     Simulation Equipment Aquisition     

(iii)   Nelson Mandela University (Port Elizabeth, South Africa)

(iv)   Satakunta University of Applied Sciences (Rauma, Finland)

(v)    Durban University of Technology (Durban, South Africa)

(vi)   Hochschule Wismar University of Applied Sciences (Warnemunde, Germany)