Ship simulator

Simulation courses

LJMU Maritime Centre

Our simulators are the most advanced in Europe

LJMU Martime Centre's advanced simulators feature two bridges that provide 360-degree field-of-view and five bridges with smaller view. Both facilities are equipped with the modern bridge equipment to enable marine pilots, shipmasters and navigating officers to develop and practice their skills in a realistic but risk free environment. Mariners can be placed in geographically accurate virtual marine environments aboard one of the Centre’s eight ship bridges, which respond and react just like one would expect at sea. The 360-degree field-of-view allows mariners to practice approaching locks and berths, connecting tugs and bringing vessels of all types and sizes safely alongside, incorporating any number of mechanical failures and breakdowns.

Short overviews of the courses can be found below. Find out more about the courses and book online.

Simulation courses at LJMU Maritime Centre:

Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS) Simulator Training

Duration: Five days

Prerequisites: Basic skills to operate computers.
Minimum expected entry requirements of OOW (deck).

Accreditation: MCA (Generic Course), Transas (Equipment Specific Elements - TBC)

Overview: Use of electronic charts in conjunction with other electronic navigational equipment is becoming standard in bridge watch keeping. This course provides an opportunity for the candidates to become efficient in the use of ECDIS.

The course is developed to meet the IMO Model Course 1.27 guidance and is approved for generic ECDIS training as well as Transas Type Specific training. All candidates completing this course successfully will receive a certificate for Generic ECDIS training and Transas Navi Sailor ECDIS training.

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NAEST (Management Level) (STCW A-I/12)

Duration: Eight days

Prerequisites: OOW (deck) CoC under Regulation II/1 of the STCW with at least 12 months watchkeeping service and either NAEST Operational Course certificate obtained after 1st January 2005 or MCA Approved ECDIS course issued in line with IMO Model Course 1.27.

Accreditation/Approval: MCA as per the Section A-I/12 of the STCW Code governing the use of simulators for training and assessment and the MNTB standard for NAEST Management Course.

Overview: This is an MCA approved mandatory course aimed at Deck Officers seeking a second certificate of competency (at management level) in accordance with Regulation II/2 of the STCW Convention.

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NAEST (Operational Level) (STCW A-I/12)

Duration: 30 days (six weeks)

Prerequisites: Seatime required for first OOW (Deck) CoC in accordance with STCW Regulation II/1 ssessment in the simulators.

Accreditation/Approval: MCA as per the Section A-I/12 of the STCW Code governing the use of simulators for training and assessment and the MNTB standard for NAEST Operational Course.

Overview: This is an MCA approved mandatory course aimed at Deck Officers seeking their FIRST certificate of competency (at operational level) in accordance with Regulation II/1 of the STCW Convention. The course provides the candidates with the knowledge and skills fundamental to keeping a safe navigational watch at sea. The topics covered therefore include the use of Radar, ARPA, ECDIS, AIS and all other navigational equipment commonly found on modern ships.

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Bridge Team Management (STCW A-II/2-3)

Duration: Five days

Prerequisites: Deck officer CoC

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

Overview: This MCA approved course is aimed at Masters and Mates seeking to enhance their skills in effective bridge team management procedures. Running over five days, the course is highly practical in nature, using the extensive modern simulator facilities located at the LJMU Maritime Centre in Birkenhead.

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Bridge Resource Management

Duration: Three days

Prerequisites: Deck officer CoC

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

Overview: 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.

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Crew Resource Management

Duration: Two days

Prerequisites: Deck officer CoC

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

Overview: This basic course is aimed at Masters and Mates seeking to enhance their skills in effective crew resource management. Running over two days, the course is practical in nature and uses the extensive modern simulator facilities of the LJMU Maritime Centre. The course can be extended to three or five days to incorporate company procedures or other specific requirements.

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High Speed Craft (HSC) Navigation

Duration: Three days

Prerequisites: Deck officer CoC

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

Overview: This course is aimed at Masters and Mates seeking to enhance their navigational skills on the bridge of high speed craft. Classroom sessions followed on by a number of simulator based exercises provide the candidates with the required skills to conduct safe navigation on HSC.

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Pilot Training

Duration: Two days

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

Overview: This course is tailor made for existing pilots or seafarers upskilling to become pilots by providing them with suitable ship handling practice based on key areas.

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General Ship Handling

Duration: Three days

Prerequisites: OOW (Deck) or higher CoC

Overview: 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 helm, propulsion and thrusters; effects of wind and current; and use of tugs.

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