The world’s most advanced Navigational Bridge Simulators
Major investment has resulted in the most advanced navigational bridge simulators available in the market today. Our six simulated navigational bridges in the Marine Simulation Centre have the capability to be used together or individually. Our simulators can be configured to meet every aspect of bridge simulator training and research requirements, offering virtually limitless training possibilities:
- Two full mission bridge simulators both with 360° field of view.
- A four bridge navigation simulation suite and a 120° visual field of view using 60” plasma screens.
- Eight Kongsberg secondary bridges for NAEST and ECDIS courses.
- All bridges use latest Kongsberg Polaris simulator software and Seaview R5 visual software providing photo-textured day/night visual scenes.
- Two full-mission bridges, when used as tugs, are fitted with Azimuth thruster handles, hydraulic winch controls, Azimuth conning displays and a Voith control console.
- The student’s own ship can include bridge instrumentation, controls, RADAR/ARPA, ECDIS and a visual system.
Special task simulators are also available, including riverboat, anchor handling and dynamic positioning, with other special simulation functions such as ice navigation, anti-terror and SAR-training.
The simulator may be configured with one or more instructor stations to design exercises, select geographic areas, own ships, targets and environmental conditions, and control and monitor the exercises; networked with one or more full mission ship’s bridges, part-task bridges, as well as multiple desktop student stations.
Building high level competence
Compared to conventional training, simulators offer a more structured method of building high levels of competence. During simulation training, we can isolate and freeze each sub-system to understand and acquire knowledge and perform critical operations by training in situations that demand complex decision making.
Through use of advanced assessment and student profiling systems, simulator training can help isolate areas requiring improvement, and allow the instructor to target corrective training. In this way, the training will focus on bringing out the best in each student.
A pioneer in Visual Systems
The visual system integrated in our bridge stimulator is a SeaView R5, a 7th generation visual system which provides the simulator with the power to present the highest-fidelity, most realistic visualisation of vessels and exercise areas available in simulation training. The realism, detail, depth perception, motion and ability to recreate various conditions experienced at sea, places our bridge simulator in a class of its own. The Sea
View R5 visual system is based on advanced 3D-technology, with the ability to incorporate highly advanced custom visual enhancements.
In ship handling, the smallest details can have crucial consequences if they are not handled the right way. To ensure that the simulation training is adaptable to real life situations, it is important that the simulator provides incredibly realistic images in all aspects of navigation, ship handling and tactical operations. The level of detail found in SeaView R5 meets the requirements of the most demanding navigational tasks. Traffic vessel roll and pitch, tug operations alongside, and the movement of hawsers and mooring lines all provide a level of detail that is unique in ship simulation.
Alongside this software we have ensured no details are missed by upgrading our projection systems to new ‘ProjectionDesign’ models.
Realism: 3D Graphics for Vessel Models and Exercise Areas
Safe handling of vessels in confined waters and harbours requires extremely high attention by ship’s bridge personnel. It is a known fact that more than 60 percent of the information available at any time for bridge personnel is gathered through their visual observation of what goes on outside the bridge. Simulation training needs to be highly realistic and adaptable to real life situations. The latest maritime simulation technology allows us to provide impressive 3D-graphics to depict true-to-life vessel models and exercise areas, ensuring quality simulation training in realistic environments, which is adaptable to real life ship handling situations.
Our simulator training has a strong focus on research & development, ensuring that the fidelity of the modelling is as accurate and close to realism as possible, to ensure validated results and provide positive learning experiences. The simulator ship-to-ship interaction is a high fidelity feature, beneficial for students requiring scenarios with true ship-to-ship interactions in multi-vessel exercises, such as tug operations, towing, barge fleets, RHIB launching, vessel interdiction, Replenishment At Sea (UNREP/RAS), convoy manoeuvres, and offshore operations. Wind/current shadows and varying levels of sea-state interaction are also accurately modelled in our systems. The hydrodynamic modelling tool workstation enables us to create our own high fidelity hydrodynamic models.
Detailed Ships and Objects
Our simulator provides a large selection of relevant target ships, platforms and other special objects. This allows creation of the perfect training situation for each user. Controlled from the Instructor Station, target ships are highly detailed and include features such as rotating antennas, navigation lights, day shapes, radar echo representing the size and aspect of the vessel, and appropriate fog signal frequency. Targets are capable of showing various day symbols and lighting configurations indicating their status, activity and type of operation including restricted ability to manoeuvre. There are over 50 special targets available, including airplanes, helicopters, floating ice, icebergs, life rafts, smoke and flares, and man overboard. Our database modelling workstation enables us to create our own highly detailed visual models.
Our simulators offer students a full range of dynamic positioning systems to keep the vessel within specified position and heading limits during training exercises.
Typical applications for Dynamic Positioning Systems
- Drill ships
- Cable-laying vessels
- Crane vessels
- Cruise ships
- Diving support vessels
- Maritime research vessels
- Mega yachts
- Mine sweepers
- Pipe laying vessels
- Platform supply vessels
- Rock dumping vessels
- Survey ships
- Supply vessels
- Shuttle tankers
Dynamic positioning systems help students to calculate the resulting force to be exerted by the thrusters/propellers in order for the vessel to remain on station. A seagoing vessel is subjected to forces from wind, waves and current as well as from forces generated by the propulsion system. The vessel's response to these forces, i.e. its changes in position, heading and speed, is measured by the position-reference systems, the gyrocompass and the vertical reference sensors. Reference systems readings are corrected for roll and pitch using readings from the vertical reference sensors. Wind speed and direction are measured by the wind sensors. Simulator training helps students to calculate the force that the thrusters must produce in order to control the vessel's motion in three degrees of freedom - surge, sway and yaw - in the horizontal plane.
Engine Room Simulation
Crew competence is the key to improve economy and safety in the maritime industry. Understanding the process is crucial for engineers to achieve optimum engine control in day-to-day operations and for handling emergencies and abnormal situations that might occur.
In order for us to fulfill industry requirements, we have developed two full mission engine simulators. Both full mission engine simulators can operate independently on different engine models, or can operate independently connected to full mission bridges, or can be simultaneously connected to two full mission bridges. Each vessel can run independent exercises, or both vessels can be integrated into a common exercise, as required.
The full mission engine simulators can be used to train technical and non-technical (human element) aspects of vessel operation, and can also be used as an assessment tool for each.
Many customers now find it beneficial to create bespoke courses which have an element of both training and assessment criteria. The courses can then be utilised to improve and develop areas identified as requiring improvement in both company procedures and individual performance, and they can also be used to assess proficiency and assist in the development of career progression paths.
Each full mission engine room simulator can be configured as all of the following:
- A reproduction of the control and engine room of a large vessel powered by a MAN slow speed diesel engine.
- A reproduction of the control and engine room of a diesel electric power plant found on a cruise vessel.
- A reproduction of the control and engine room of a large container vessel powered by a Wartsila RTA FLEX slow speed diesel engine.
- A reproduction of the control and engine room of a Pielstick M22 medium speed twin diesel engine ferry.
The above full missions contain the following:
- A control room with consoles which house main engine controls, plant alarm, generator control, pump and compressor controls, with full sound and environmental conditions.
- Engine area located on two levels, with full sound and environmental conditions.
- Watch keeping cabin with full alarm panel for UMS operations.
- Emergency switchboard room.
In addition to the two full mission simulators we have two simulation suites, each with multiple standalone workstations, all capable of running the following engine types:
- Various slow speed diesels (MAN MC90 and Wartsila RTA FLEX).
- Medium speed M22 Pielstck twin diesels, with twin screw.
- Duel fuel steam turbine plant.
- Medium speed diesel electric plant.
- Gas turbine plant.
- Offshore AHTS
Human Element Leadership and Management (HELM) & Training Crew Resource Management Training (CRM)
Human Element Leadership and Management (HELM) issues have in recent times received some high profile publicity. Our simulation system allows bridge to engine connectivity, enabling us to carry out real-life ship operational scenarios as training exercises. There really is no substitute for training exercises which simulate a real-life situation in real-time with the ship’s teams working together as one. This training will ensure that engine room and bridge personnel function more effectively as a cohesive team and gain a much greater understanding of the challenges and demands of each other’s working areas.
Training is designed to reduce accidents by improving crew performance through better crew co-ordination. To do this it addresses the non-technical skills such as team working, leadership, situational awareness, decision making and communication. This now enables engineers and bridge staff from cruise ships to be trained together in realistic exercises so that they can experience the results of their actions in a safe environment.
We can connect two more engine models to bridges; the RTA flex engine and medium speed engine connection are now available. New touch screen consoles in the full-mission engine room will also mean this space can be used for all four engines to bridge possibilities.
We have fitted a CCTV system suitable for CRM. CRM training involves the study of human actions and behaviour; what is said, what is implied, body language and gesture. The system is fully digital, utilising IP cameras and sophisticated recording and playback software. We achieve HD resolution as well as low-light capability. An instructor will be able to select any combination of cameras and associated microphones and play them back in synchronism in a playback location of their choice. For CRM this will mean joint bridge and engine playback. We have devised a debriefing room with twin HD projection to enable joint playback to occur.
Vessel Traffic Services (VTS): Simulation Suites
Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) programmes are our shore-side simulation systems which range from the provision of simple information messages to ships, such as position of other traffic or meterological hazard warnings, to extensive management of traffic within a port or waterway. Our Vessel Traffic Services Simulation suite is fully integrated into the desktop bridge system.
- The four shore-based VTS Operator work stations in the system have data input from radar scanner locations within the exercise area.
- The VTS Operator work stations use the same Norcontrol IT ‘CScope’ software which is used by actual VTS and Norcontrol VTMIS installations.
- The system can fully interact with any combination of the simulation bridges plus any additional targets under the instructor’s control.
- In the advanced VTS system, nine operators and up to two instructors can observe a birds-eye view of the VTS area of responsibility; There is also a dedicated VTS Supervisor workstation.
- We use digital audio communications, capable of full recording and synchronisation within the exercise scenario for debrief purposes.
- Eight Kongsberg secondary bridges.
- Comprehensive VTMIS Simulator.
- A navigation aids and radar practical room for operational training.
- A ENEM room with live Furuno integrated bridge equipment and Sailor radio equipment.
- A ten station Transas GMDSS Simulator.
Desktop and VTS Training
We are the leading provider of VTS training in the UK. We offer training of prospective VTS operators to a high level of competency, with training based on the IALA Model Course V 103 and training for candidates from a marine or a non-marine background.
If employees already hold an STCW Certificate of Competency of OOW or above will be exempt from Module 4 of IALA V-103/1 (Nautical Knowledge) and will be entitled to enrol on our VTS Induction/UPK and VTS Operator courses.
VTS Operator (Simulation)
This is the final stage of the VTS Operator Training (IALA Model Course V-103/1). Candidates are assessed on a full mission VTS Simulator to the criteria specified by IALA and MCA. Candidate VTS Operators are faced with a series of realistic interactive simulation exercises designed to test individuals in all aspects of providing safe and efficient Vessel Traffic Services. The exercises gradually increase in complexity and require the application of the theory studied in the VTS Induction/UPK course.
We also offer VTS Supervisor Advancement Training which meets the requirements of the MCA and the IALA Model Course V-103/2 and prepares participants in effective VTS supervision management. It is intended to cover the knowledge and practical competence required for gaining an endorsement in the VTS Certification Log as a VTS Supervisor.
Our VTS On-Job-Training (OJT) Instructor training covers the knowledge and practical competence required by an Instructor of On-the-Job Training for VTS Personnel. The programme meets the requirements of IALA Model Course V-103/4 and prepares participants in the theories and skills of on-job-training (OJT) with particular focus on coaching, communication and evaluation.
Head of School – School of Marine Simulation and Senior Marine
Responsible for development and operation of Navigation Bridge Simulation Courses and VTS Courses, which includes operational and management levels. Responsible for course development to client company’s Bridge training requirements and senior
Telephone: +44 (0)191 427 3827
Mobile: +44 (0)7884 001028
Technical and Projects Manager
Responsible for the management and planning of the R&D projects as well as all technical aspects of the simulation and marine electronic systems.
Tel: +44 (0)191 4273919
Mobile: +44 (0)7815965700
Research & Development & Advanced Simulation Manager
Responsible for the delivery and development of advanced simulation training, including R&D projects, ship handling, pilotage and bespoke courses.
Tel: +44 (0)191 4273922
Mobile: +44 (0)7815965765
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