The Bayfront Maritime Center now offers simulator based training. This training includes RADAR training, piloting training, ship handling training, and voyage management training. The simulator also supplements our regular training with hands-on, interactive scenarios designed to test students grasp of skills they have learned in the classroom.
The simulator allows for virtual on the water training year round. The system comes equipped with ECDIS (Electronic Chart Display and Information System) which is a state of the art navigation and chart plotting system, RADARsimulation complete with ARPA (Automatic Radar Plotting Aid) functions, and a visual graphics engine which simulates 360 degree views from the student driven ship. The instructor has complete control over ship traffic, wind, sea state, current, time of day and weather conditions allowing for an infinite number of training scenarios to be created and implemented.
Here is a brief explanation of the simulator’s components.
The following three images depict a single moment viewed simultaneously on the ECDIS display, RADARdisplay, and visual display screens.
The student controls the vessel with a virtual throttle and helm displayed on a fourth monitor. The different ship classes all have programmable parameters allowing the instructor to change the turning radius, acceleration rate, effect of the wind and waves, maximum speed, vessel draft, and many other technical aspects of the ship.
The instructor’s station consists of a CPU and monitor which controls the training equipment, allowing the instructor to modify all aspects of the simulation. The drop down menus give the instructor environmental controls as well as control of up to 99 target ships, and the student’s vessel, if desired.