Maritime Training Shiphandling Simulation

Characteristics of Ship's Bridge Simulator

A full-mission bridge simulator with 360º and downward views.

Bridge 1

The 360º view permits natural simulation of activities on the bridge by multiple personnel in BRM training and etc. The downward view provides a view of the pier while operating the vessel for arrival and departure at various ports, and intuitive understanding of the positional relationship between the vessel and the pier.

While the two bridges of the simulator may be operated independently, simulations of operating two vessels in close proximity are also possible, thus permitting, for example, the scenario of two vessels passing on the same track.

Bridge 2

Our Bridge 2 is equipped with the Dynamic Positioning System (DPS). It enables ship- maneuvering to simulate vessels such as Cable ship, Marine resource research vessel. At the same time, it can be used as a general ship together with the Bridge 1 on the same waters as usual.

Various Screen Descriptions

The graphic computer provides various scene descriptions such as change of view from day to night, as well as restricted visibility caused by fog or rain. Visibility related to distance may be selected at random.


Structure of the System

Simulation Training

Use of the simulator provides experience in the basic operation of various types of ships and permits repeated training of different techniques, trainees can learn how the vessel responds under a range of weather and sea conditions and in different port call operations. Staff with extensive and specialized onboard experience add a new dimension to the training experience.

Shiphandling Training

Purposes for training vary — preparing for assignment on an larger vessel or a different type of ship, berthing in critical winds, learning port call procedures specified by port authorities, captains about to assume their first commands, new officers, and so on.

The simulator helps trainees understand each vessel's characteristic behavior patterns and acquire various ship-handling skills through hands-on simulator practice and promotes safe ship operation through the functions outlined above.

Shiphandling Training (examples)
  • Port call in/out shiphandling training for captains
  • Port call in/out shiphandling training for pilots
  • Port call in/out shiphandling training for berth masters
  • Single buoy mooring(SBM) berthing shiphandling training
  • Docking/departure training for dock masters
  • Coastal navigation training for officer of the watch
  • Captain assistant training for officer of the watch
  • Freshman Deck officer training

Much of the equipment on the bridge simulator is the same as on MOL-operated large-scale merchant vessels.

BRM (Bridge Resource Management) Training

Bridge Resource Management (BRM) training prevents marine accidents by fully utilizing all resources (people, material, and information) to eliminate problems caused by human errors such as miscommunication, misunderstanding, slip/lapse of operation, and so on.

Since the first simulator introduction in 1996, we have continuously sought improvements in BRM training system based on our original research and actual data provided by MOL group vessels. Our system became fully compliant with the IMO Model Course 1.22 in May 2014, and obtained certification by ClassNK. We will constantly evolve in response to the environmental changes.

Training Areas available

These four areas in Japan are typical waters from our data-base.

Port of Yokohama
Port of Yokkaichi
Port of Osaka
Kanmon kaikyo

Various Types of Ship Models

Training is available for many types of ships, such as Containers, LNG carriers, VLCC, etc. We can provide customers with new model as requested.

LNG Carriers
Bulk Carriers
Car Carriers

BRM Training

Vessel operators can now count on the most sophisticated vessels and equipment to achieve safe navigation. However, even the best equipment and machinery and the most advanced science and technology cannot ensure success because vessels are operated by humans. We have focused massive efforts on upgrading our own technology to optimize training and thus minimize any threat to safety.

Still, technology alone is not the answer to ensuring safety at sea. BRM enables bridge personnel to make full use of their individual and collective knowledge, information and skills, as an organization called the Bridge Team - acknowledging situations, conveying information, recognizing problems, planning solutions, and putting the plans into effect.

The BRM training we offer is advanced and practical – first, study the concepts to prevent accidents, centered on organizational strength, learn BRM technology theory through lectures and brainstorming; and then undertake training using the simulator to practice BRM technology.

BRM training targets mainly marine officers, helmsmen, and others serving on the bridge, as well as captains. Our BRM training enhances individual recognition to prevent a major accident caused by a chain of tiny errors, strengthens the capacity of the Bridge Team to respond to extreme conditions, and enhances onboard organizational management. So it aims to eliminate accidents and minimize damage in accidents that do occur, protecting ships, lives, cargo, and the marine environment.

BRM training for Captain and Crew of MOL is carried out for 40 hours (5 days) as recommended by IMO Model Course 1.22 certified by Class NK.

PEC Simulator Course

In accordance with the 2005 amendment of the MIZUSAKI-Ho, or Pilotage Law, the new Pilot Exemption Certificate (PEC) scheme has been launched for the eligible career by using ship simulator record in addition to the actual passages with the pilot.

MOL Marine & Engineering, with full-mission simulators is the one of those licensed facilities and we are ready to offer you PEC opportunities.