Maritime student using the 360 degree ship simulator.

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.

Merchant Navy Careers at Sea Open Day - 24 March 2018

As a deck officer to engineering officer, there are many exciting career opportunities in the Merchant Navy. It’s a career which has opportunities at sea and ashore. Merchant Ships carry 80% of the world trade (over 90% of UK trade) and are a vital part of the world economy. New technologies are continually being introduced to ships and the industry needs the right calibre of officers to run these ships.

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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.

Courses are a key part of the Maritime Centre and we offer a full range of STCW short courses. We also offer foundation degree courses, Chief Mate and Master courses as well as bespoke training. Staff are qualified Master Mariners or have appropriate professional maritime qualifications, as well as management and teaching qualifications. The Maritime Centre is an approved MCA training centre and operates to an accredited ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management System.

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.

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