Global Maritime Distress and Safety System  (GMDSS) Simulator   

The Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport (AASTMT) has established the GMDSS simulator to start working in 1996 which is a Computer Based Training (CBT) system that incorporates the latest virtual touch screen technology to enable the student to act out simulated distress and routine situations which cannot be conducted onboard to avoid false distress alerts. For more reality and integration, the system contains a complete set of real GMDSS equipment. The simulated communications equipment accurately replicate the GMDSS''s functions that meet the requirements of the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watch keeping for seafarers (STCW-1978) and its amendments that is set by the IMO. The GMDSS simulator consists of eleven dual stations that are connected to each other, to the Full Mission Ship-handling Simulator (FMSS)’s GMDSS station and to the complex through Local Area Network (LAN) for data exchange and voice communication. All of these are supported by a highly equipped classroom. The Complex has been issued the ISO 9001-2008 by the Det Norske Veritas (DNV) classification Society on 20th September 2012.In the beginning the simulator was composed of 8 stations and has been increased to 11 stations to accommodate a larger number of students and now being updated this simulator and also establishing a new one with total of 22 stations to accommodate the increase of trainee numbers and to be complied with international agreements and requirements of quality.

Department Objectives

The department objective is to train all the radio communication equipment operation personnel, Search And Rescue (SAR) personals, Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) personals and trainers (ashore and onboard) at different sailing areas, in the operation of the GMDSS equipments, in SAR operations and different duties through lectures and hands-on simulator sessions. In addition to, refreshment courses for the GMDSS certificate holders in order to fully up to date, and fully aware of current developments and procedures. Trainees who have successfully completed the courses will be able to operate all the GMDSS equipment safely and efficiently in different situations. In order to make the attendance of such courses be able to communicate with standardized language used in navigation at sea, in port-approaches, in waterways, harbors and on-board vessels with multilingual crews, the Standard Marine Communication Phrases (SMCPs) course is offered to help in achieving the department objectives. Another division of the department courses are intended to give attendances basic theoretical knowledge and practical skills sufficient to be familiar with maintaining radio and electronic equipment. All of these objectives are achieved by designing comprehensive courses by the department staff.