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LJMU Maritime Centre

Welcome to the LJMU Maritime Centre, formerly the Lairdside Maritime Centre.

Helping to meet the training needs of the maritime industry.

Through delivery of our exceptional courses, we have trained numerous maritime professionals, deck officers and marine engineers. Our proven background in simulation training establishes our position as a leader in the area of maritime simulation in the UK.

Our courses:

Engine Room Resource Management Course

Duration: Three days

Prerequisites: OOW (Deck) or higher CoC

Teaching: Theory sessions supplemented by practical ship-handling exercises on bridge simulators.

Course description: 

This course provides training in general ship-handling for masters and deck officers.  It is also for those deck officers with limited "hands-on" ship manoeuvring and handling experience prior to taking up their first command or converting to vessels with sophisticated or unusual manoeuvring systems. Although more complex types will be referred to, the training concentrates on conventional single and twin screw vessels.

The course comprises training in pivot point variations, propulsion effects, types, effects and limitations of rudders and thrusters, operation of the helm, propulsion and thrusters, effects of wind and current and use of tugs.

For more information or to register for this course, please get in touch with us.

Pilot Training

Duration: Two day

Prerequisites: Existing marine pilots or those who have been referred to on this course by appropriate harbour authorities

Teaching: Theory sessions supplemented by practical ship-handling exercises on a full-mission simulator.

Course description: 

This course is tailor-made for existing pilots or seafarers upskilling to become pilots by providing them suitable ship-handling practice based on the following topic areas:

Proposed syllabus:

  • Position of the pivot point
  • Types, effects and limitations of rudders
  • Effects of propulsion
  • Effects, limitations and use of bow and stern thrusters
  • Interpreting information contained in vessels’ manoeuvring booklets/diagrams
  • Operation of helm, engines and bow thrusters to execute manoeuvres
  • Theory and effects of interaction between ship, bottom, banks and other vessels and tugs
  • Effects of wind and current
  • Effects, limitations and use of tugs

The course can be tailored to suit candidate needs or by adding specific company requirements. Upon successful completion, all candidates will be issued with a course completion certificate.

For more information or to register for this course, please get in touch with us.

Bridge Resource Management

Duration: Three days

Prerequisites: Deck officer CoC

Assessment: Continuous monitoring of candidate performance and procedural understanding throughout the course with a final competence check conducted by an end of course written assessment

Teaching: The candidates are provided with an opportunity to implement navigational procedures learnt in the classroom,  providing them with an opportunity to gain confidence in bridge watchkeeping and teamwork by use of simulators.

Accreditation/Approval: MCA as per the STCW code section STCW A-II/2-3

Course description: 

This course is aimed at masters and mates seeking to enhance their skills in effective bridge resource management procedures. The course is primarily designed to be offered over three days but can be extended to incorporate specific procedures required by a company.

The aim of the training is to prepare delegates in effective bridge resource management procedures. Upon successful completion of the  course, delegates will be able to:

  • Understand basic human behaviour and the effect of cultural background and personality types
  • Understand the causes and effects of stress and fatigue and the importance of maintaining good sleep patterns
  • Prepare and execute a detailed passage plan
  • Achieve the best use of available resources for the safe navigation of the vessel
  • Apply effective communication skills within a bridge team
  • Appreciate the need and value of effective bridge procedures
  • Effectively interpret ship manoeuvring data

There is no formal examination, but the delegate’s performance and understanding will be continuously assessed throughout the course. A certificate will be issued by demonstration that the defined objectives have been met.

For more information or to register for this course, please get in touch with us.

Our expertise

The Maritime Centre helps to meet the training needs of the maritime industry, whether that is through our facilities or through our specialist training courses. 

Some of our key facilities include our ship-handling simulator, which is one of the most advanced in Europe. Thanks to the simulator, induced equipment faults and ship manoeuvring difficulties become real, demanding proper responses from students. Theory is put into practice and the chosen response can be compared and contrasted with the actions of others during the comprehensive and powerful debrief sessions.

In terms of research, the simulator has been used to confirm the suitability of new berthing facilities, which has proven economic value. It has also been used to research the impact of civil engineering projects on the marine environment as well as conducting investigations into maritime accidents and insurance claims.

As well as being known for our excellent facilities and courses, our Centre also offers consultancy, conference and corporate events services. 

Get in touch with us to find out more about these services.