Accurate and realistic simulation of ship behaviour at sea and in port/ terminal areas
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We combine our extensive hydraulic modelling capabilities with ship manoeuvring models and our experienced, expert team of master mariners, trained pilots, naval architects and software modelling experts – all focused through our suite of real-time ship simulators.
Our full bridge, real time manoeuvring simulators are specifically designed for port design and ship operations applications, but can also be used for training and pilot familiarisation purposes. We operate ten real-time navigation simulators in total, four at our UK Ship Simulation Centre in Wallingford and six at our Fremantle Ship Simulation Centre near Perth in Western Australia. The simulators can be run individually or simultaneously, allowing multiple independent interactive control between vessels (ships and tugs or ship to ship) within the same simulated environment.
The Ship Simulation Centre operates on four principles:
The simulation system uses sophisticated techniques to represent the spatial and temporal behaviour of a ship. Hydrodynamic modelling includes full six degree-of-freedom ship response to waves, wind and currents, allowing for both lift and drag effects and close quarter effects such as shallow water, bank effects, bow and stern thrusters, ship interaction and collisions.
Our ten real-time simulators have been used in over 350 projects world-wide, and have proved to be reliable, flexible and cost-effective design and evaluation tools.