Marine Simulators Systems (MSS)
Marine Marine Simulators System (MSS) are an integral part of Integrated Simulators Complex (ISC) of Arab Academy for Science andTechnology and Maritime Transport (AAST&MT). Marine simulators represent critical elements for the preventing of marine disasters and pollution, equipped with sophisticated facilities of high capabilities which are able to simulate numerous realistic situations and conditions sufficient for a wide variety of effective training and covering several applications and courses in a wide range of Maritime Education Training and port operations for:
- Dynamic Positioning Officers.
- Masters and deck officers.
- Harbour pilots.
- Tug master.
- VTS operators and manager.
- Search and rescue offices (others…).
Marine Simulator Systems (MSS) is considered – by all standards – the most sophisticated and up to date simulation center in the world at large. It has been designed and installed by one of the leading USA companies in this field, namely “L3”.
The Marine Simulators System Comprises:
1. Full Mission Ship Handling Simulator:
It provided full mission real-time computer-based simulation facility capable of supporting advanced training in navigation, seamanship, maneuvering and the operation of vessels under normal and potentially hazardous conditions.
The system provided training in more than 80 different types of ships and is capable of building any new type needed for special training. It offers advanced S hip D ynamic M odels ( SDM ) that include:-
- Six degree of freedom hydrodynamics.
- Real-time, accurate response to ship controls (engine, rudder, and thrusters).
- Special environmental effects on own-ship motion such as wind, current and sea state.
- Accurate interaction with piers, mooring lines, anchors and tugs.
The system provides realistic images with 360-degree field of view, full mission bridge equipment, navigation suite and provides ship movement in three axes with utilizing six degrees of freedom hydrodynamic and visual motion.
2. Integrated Bridge System (IBS):
Integrated Bridge System (IBS) is comply with IMO resolution MSC.64(67), annex 1, of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), and other relevant IMO performance standards, in order to meet the functional requirements contained in applicable IMO instruments, not precluding multiple usage of equipment and modules or the need for duplication.
3. TUG Boat Simulator:
The system provides a better insight into capabilities and limitations of powerful and high maneuverable Tugs. It’s improve the practical knowledge of handling modern steering devices , various types of propulsions and towing operations best practice .The system provides training on : V oith S chneider ( VS ) Tractor Tug , C onventional Tug , A zimuth S tern D rive Tug ( ASD ), P usher Tug and R iver T owing Tug .
4.Small Fast Ship Simulator
The system develops skills to handle and utilizing the best practice in different types of boats at various circumstances and different harbor operations. It’s also provides small fast ships up to 60 knots speed for training authorities such Coast Guard Patrolling, Search and Rescue and Recreational Fast Boats.
5. Vessel Traffic Service Simulator (VTS):
Provides training for operators and supervisors working in vessel traffic service stations and support pillar for the training and it quickly become evident that one of the most important aspects of any new program is the careful scheduling of knowledge elements in conjunction with simulation exercises specifically designed to apply these elements. Traffic model with which realistic sailing behavior and typical maneuvering character is tics of vessel can be created, with the final objective of facilitating the simulation of realistic traffic situations.
6. ECDIS labs Simulators
The Marine Simulators Systems installed the newest ECDIS LAB simulator (Kelvin Hughes Manta Digital ECDIS System) in the world for marine electronic chart systems with cooperation with Kelvin Hughe limited, consisting of 10 stations to Provides training for masters ,officers and basic studies students accordance with the requirements STCW 95 and its amendments which planned to enter into force in 2012, this is includes:
- Library of Electronic Navigation Chart (ENC) and ARCS for world wide.
- Chart update system to correct the paper & Electronic Navigation Charts and ARCS ( ChartCo Service).
- ECDIS station installed in Fast Boat Simulator to comply and upgrade thye system and connected with the 10 stations in the ECDIS lab.
7. Feedback Classroom (Evaluation Room)
It is a training facility meeting room. It provides visual representations of ship operation and control parameters for review, analyze, discussion and report about trainees performance.
8. Instructor Station Room
The Instructor Station provides the facility to directly control and monitor the simulation exercise, as well as monitor the ship’s bridge and trainees’ performance it consists of:
- Instructor Console,
- Close Circuit TV Color Monitor,
- Radar Repeater.
- Intercom Set,
- Multi channel VHF Radio Telephone,
- Color Plotting Chart System.
9. Marine Simulators Facilities
- There is a possibility of attaching more than one simulator up to the whole marine simulators in one exercise to practice an integrated training.
- During simulation exercises all environmental factors can be controlled such visibility (clear &restricted), sea state, wind direction and current condition (speed and direction) and sailing time (daylight, night time) to achieve training in response to heavy weather.
- The Marine Simulators systems with data Input stations will allow instructors to develop databases and build any port, quay and geographical area of any country in the world required for training. Beside these more than 18 geographical areas are already available for training like Alexandria port, Damietta port, Dekheila port, El Sukhnah port, and Port Said East Port, Singapore port, United Arab of Emirates ports (Khaled port, Khrfakhan port, El Hamerya port, and El Fujairah port).
- Marine simulators fleets provide more than 80 Ship Dynamic Models varies between bunker barge 5 KDWT up to VLCC 300 KDWT with different loaded conditions that can be applied to all simulation exercises (simulation scenarios).
10. Research and Consultancy:
Marine simulators plays a significant role in giving consultation for companies when examining new berths and ports. Marine simulator can provide specialist research and consultancy service to maritime industry, particularly navigation study for validation the design of new berths or ports form navigational points of view by:
A) Examining proposals for new berths or ports.
B) Testing against specific combinations of meteorological Conditions (Wind- current -sea state).
C) Achieve pilot and tug master familiarities prior to the completion of the infrastructure
D) The operational needs and contingency plans for new ship type and Size can be investigated on the simulation.
Any consultation research is submitted at the end of the project with a detailed documents showing all maneuvers executed among the study which might reach the number 100 maneuvers. Final document include conclusions and recommendation cover the following issues:
- Arrival and departure maneuvers in different environment situation:
- Variable wind conditions (speed and direction)
- Variable current conditions (speed and direction)
- Visibility condition and time.
- Emergency situations maneuvers (Engine failure etc…)
- Strains on ship mooring lines.
- Different bank, channel interaction effects.
- Different recommendation cover issues like suitable tugs power, optimum mooring methods, and optimum vessel speed inside the port.
10.1 The Marine Simulators perform the following researches:-
- Bulk Quay at Alexandria Port - Egypt
- Establishing Port Said East Port– Egypt
- Establishing El Sukhnah Port Study – Egypt
- Petroleum Quay at El Dekheila Harbor - Egypt
- Al Fugayrah SBM Terminal – UAE
- Damiatta LPG – Terminal – Egypt
- Damietta LNG – Terminal – Egypt
- Damietta E-Methanex – Terminal – Egypt
- Damietta EAgrium – Terminal -Egypt
- Q. What is the Nautical Institute and how is it involved with Dynamic Positioning?
- Q. Are Marine Simulator System Dynamic Positioning Operator Courses accredited by the Nautical Institute?
- Q. Does Marine Simulator Systems issue Dynamic Positioning Operators Certificates?
- Q. Are there different types of Dynamic Positioning Operators Certificates?
- Q. Do Dynamic Positioning Operator Certificates carry an expiry or revalidation date?
- Q. Has Dynamic Positioning training been incorporated into STCW?
- Q. I do not hold a STCW Certificate of Competence can I still train to become a Dynamic Positioning Officer?
- Q. Can I attend the Basic (Induction) and Advanced (Simulator) Course together?
- Q. Can Marine Simulator Systems provide me with the required Dynamic Positioning time?
Dynamic Positioning Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
A. The Nautical Institute is an international body of maritime professionals committed to improving the safety and standards of the maritime industry. Its guidelines for the training and certification of Dynamic Positioning Officers are accepted as the industry standard.
A. Yes, our Dynamic Positioning Operator Courses are fully accredited by the Nautical Institute.
A. No, only the Nautical Institute issue accredited Dynamic Positioning Operators Certificates. Marine Simulator Systems issue the accredited training course certificates required to apply for an Operators Certificate.
A. Yes, the Nautical Institute issue a Limited Operator Certificate to candidates who work predominately on Class 1 Dynamically Positioned Vessels. The training requirements for Limited and Full Operator Certificates are the same.
A. No, Dynamic Positioning Operator Certificates do not have an expiry or revalidation date however Operators are typically required to complete a minimum of 12 months DP time within a 5 year period. There are currently a number of industry discussions on this matter and this situation may change in the future.
A. No, STCW does not encompass the training of Dynamic Positioning Operators although this may change in the future.
A. Yes, there are a number of dynamically positioned units that do not require operators to hold a STCW Certificate of Competence.
A. No, the Nautical Institute requires that candidates for the Advanced (Simulator) courses must have attended an approved Nautical Institute Basic (Induction) Course followed by a minimum of 30 days aboard a dynamically positioned understudying a Dynamic Positioning Operator before being eligible to attend the Advanced (Simulator) Course.
A. No, due to the number of delegates attending our training centers, Marine Simulator Systems is unable to provide individuals with any time aboard a Dynamically Positioned vessel.