Marine student on the bridge of a marine ship simulator

Simulation facilities

The Centre for Marine Training and Research (CMTR) has developed 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 maneuvers and signals, emergency ship handling, ice and hazardous environment navigation, survival at sea and firefighting.

The advantages of simulation in training

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.

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.

Further enhancing training potential are specialized exercises using custom current databases, ice modelling, high resolution and morphing bathymetry with 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.

Picture of the screen of a commercial shipping bridge simulator

Marine simulator facilities

Marine students training on bridge of commecial ship simulator

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.

Marine students on bridge of commercial ship simulator

Transas navigation bridges

CMTR features five full featured immersive navigation bridges with wrap around computer simulation screens that are driven by a database capable of generating multiple geographies and shipping conditions in real time.

Commecial ship engine room simulator

Kongsberg K-sim engine room simulator

The Kongsberg is a full engine room simulation system consisting 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.

Synthetic training facilities

Marine cadets practicing fighting a fire in a simulated commercial ship

Fire synthetic experience

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.

Marine student training in life boat simulator

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.

Marine crew conducting marine safety training in lifejackets in a swimming pool

Emergency training

CMTR offers a variety of programs that include the development and refreshment of knowledge and skills to safely launch and use survival craft and rescue boats. Principles of survival, evacuation and helicopter rescue are also covered. To do this, CMTR provides full in-water facilities for practice drills in launching and recovering lifeboats, launching life rafts and donning personal survival equipment.

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