Simulation and Synthetic Training

The CMTR has been involved in numerous LVCG (Live, Virtual, Constructive, Gaming) training projects with a specialization in simulation. Synthetic training combines human interaction in one of the LVCG categories to achieve a specific training objective. These include accident/incident occurrence, port, area and route familiarization, pilotage training, SAR ops, naval manoeuvres and signals, emergency ship handling, ice and hazardous environment navigation, survival at sea and firefighting.


Area familiarization and ship-handling knowledge are paramount to safe marine operations. This knowledge is traditionally acquired through years of training and experience onboard a ship. Today, training has evolved to recognize that the best training results occur when learning objectives are highly focused, experiential, parameterized and repeatable. The ability to train in multiple geographical areas in one session, coupled with the ability to alter environmental parameters, can provide the learner with a comprehensive and efficient training experience that may take years to acquire in real-time. This form of knowledge compression places simulation at the leading edge of marine training.

Marine simulation has reached an unprecedented level of sophistication, allowing it to replace some required sea time. A number of real-time voyages required for certification can be substituted with virtual voyages in an approved simulator facility. Likewise, our lifeboat simulator is now replacing the need to actually launch and drive a lifeboat. This translates into year-round, safe and cost-effective training solutions.

Further enhancing training potential are specialized exercises using custom current databases, ice modelling, high resolution and morphing bathymetry, and custom ship models. This degree of complexity can prepare crews for vessels not yet launched or even built; it can take crews to areas not previously sailed. These capabilities can allow succession planning and cross-vessel redundancy training in ways not previously available.

Ship navigating through ice with helicopter


Student and instructor standing at a simulation ship board

Transas NT Pro 5.35 Navigational Simulator
The CMTR’s marine navigation simulator is a Transas NT Pro 5.35. It consists of two instructor workstations, two Class “A” full mission bridges and two Class “B” bridges (with visual arrangements to Class “A” standards). The system runs from a central server with a complete redundant backup server over a high-speed network of 130 computers. This meets or exceeds all STCW requirements. The Transas Bridge Simulator and ECDIS have both received the Det Norske Veritas (DNV) type approval certificates.

Kongsberg K-sim Engine Room Simulator
The engine room simulator is a Kongsberg K-sim. This simulator runs from a server with backup and consists of two instructor stations, an engine control room, engine room and generator room. The main engine room is equipped with environmental speakers and CCTV. Additionally, there are eight part task workstations. The K-sim allows for training on seven different power plants and meets all STCW requirements for marine training. The Kongsberg Engine Room simulator has also received the Det Norske Veritas (DNV) type approval certificate.

New Transas Engine Room Simulator
Watch for the exciting addition of our new DNV-certified Transas Engine Room simulator, the Transas ERS 4000. The simulator has received a type Class A standard approval by DNV. The Centre for Marine Training and Research has procured a trial of this technology to meet new industry demands in response to recent regulatory changes concerning ship resource integrated simulation. Pending testing, this technology will be made available as it has the capability of integrating with our main bridges for ship integrated resource management.

Engine Room Simulator.
Large life boat simulator with instuctor in the backgroud programming simulation

VMT Survival Craft Operation Simulator
The CMTR’s davit-launched survival craft simulator is a VMT SurvivalQuest Lifeboat Simulator. It consists of a twin fall hook simulator and a full mission lifeboat. This simulator meets all STCW requirements and is Transport Canada and DNV type approved.

Fire Training Facility
Our state-of-the-art propane fueled, Fire Training Facility (FTF) employs “synthetic” training to teach firefighting techniques. This realistic environment reproduces the conditions of structural fires in a controlled and highly managed manner. The FTF is one of the newest additions to the CMTR, training approximately 700 students per year.

firefighter with hose facing flames