Maritime Professional Training's S.M.A.R.T. Center is the world's most advanced privately owned maritime simulator. But if the word "simulator" makes you think of simple graphics on small screens, controlled by a computer keyboard and mouse, think again. S.M.A.R.T. Center consists of three fully authentic bridges. The flagship, M/V Endeavor, features a 22' x 20' pilothouse with a 325 degree view, complete engine gauges and display panels, bow and stern thrusters, and much more. The realism and sensation of motion are dramatic. Bring your sea legs.
S.M.A.R.T. Center (Simulation for Maritime Assessment, Research and Training) is part of Maritime Professional Training, the most complete full service private maritime training school in the country. Thousands of Masters, Mates & Engineers have trained at MPT's 45,000 square foot facility. Our clients include shipping companies, harbor pilots, towing and offshore corporations, management firms, military sealift command, passenger vessels and super yachts, as well as students from all over the world.
FULL MISSION SHIPHANDLING & TUG SIMULATORS
The Navigation simulators at MPT are part of the SMART Campus facility. MPT has (3) Full Mission Shiphandling Simulators that can be fully integrated and linked in a central scenario or used separately. This allows for large scenarios that involve a commercial vessel under guidance of a local pilot with assist tugs maneuvering it into its berth or, allows for the three bridges to run the same scenario for side by side skill comparison, or finally, allow for the three bridges to run completely different scenarios to maximize training time. The (3) bridges can also be linked to our (4) All Weather Navigation Simulators for larger scale scenarios and each bridge can be linked to the Engine Control Room Simulator, providing Total Ship Training during any component of the simulation scenario. All our bridges feature configurable consoles so we can exactly match the real-world equipment used onboard a variety of vessels. All of our simulation equipment is developed and driven by Transas Marine, a leader in developing ship electronics, INS systems, as well as amazing graphics and realistic ship models for simulation. All of our bridges feature real world equipment from manufacturers including:
MOORING AND ANCHORING OPERATIONS
All (3) bridges have the capability to conduct mooring operations with multiple bollard locations along the vessel. Several line type options; including nylon, wire, polypropylene, and other synthetic lines of various sizes and strength configurations are available to simulate docking operations. In addition, the instructor station has the ability to operate all of the mooring lines remotely so as to allow the bridge to utilize radio operations as in real life.
Anchoring is possible through either direct or remote anchoring control. Standard bow and stern anchors can be deployed; anchor position, rode, and strain forces can be displayed and recorded. In addition, anchors are able to drag in given conditions; this not only assesses the bridge candidates ability to monitor an anchor watch, but also to respond to an evolving situation.
All (3) bridges are equipped with state-of-the-art monitoring equipment for navigation, radar, engine, steering, fire, stability, and navigational aids. Alarm functions can be pre-programmed or develop organically within a scenario. Excessive control inputs or improper use will result in alarms being triggered, with a correlating impact on operations.
The Simulation Control Room provides instructors, operators, company representatives, and guests with the opportunity to observe the candidates in real time without disturbing the bridge environment. This allows for operators to constantly monitor and adapt the situational scenario. The 3D and graphical views can also be fed realtime to one of the debrief classrooms to allow for observations as well. The Control Room also provides documentation and recording of scenarios. Capabilities include engine use, speed, outside forces, rudder, vessel position, vessel path, under keel clearance, weather forces, etc. These logs can be played back at real-time or in an accelerated mode for debrief and evaluation purposes. Camera views of the scenario as well as the interior of the bridges area available for real-time monitoring or for play back purposes.
Bridge 1 is a 325 HFOV Simulator utilizing Barco/Projection Design F32 HD 6000 lumen projectors displayed on a 120 curvilinear screen that provides an amazing level of realism and situational immersion. Bridge 1 is our flagship bridge and is commonly used for pilot training, vessel and port familiarization, research projects, passenger vessel bridge courses, Advanced BRM, Maneuvering & Escort Operations.
As with all our bridges, Bridge 1 is designed to be configurable to host a variety of vessel types and scenarios. Controls are included for azipod, conventional single or twin and multi screw propulsion, stability monitoring, multiple ECDIS and radar displays, wind speed, sounders, CCTV with full color and infrared modes, electronic navigational planning station, GMDSS equipment, bearing and pelorus stations, and binoculars. The bridge is designed to mimic the layout and size of modern central command stations onboard todays large vessels. This allows for a bridge crew to accurately serve in an environment that is not only equipped as a real ship and responds like a real ship, but one that is spatially correct as well.
Bridge 2 is a 240 HFOV Simulator with 42 of vertical field of view (VFOV) that provides an excellent view of not only the world around the vessel and other ships, but also the deck of the vessel to allow for very accurate vessel handling during Ship Assist & Ship Escort, Skills Assessments, and Rig Work. The bridge is equipped with a MT DP2 suite, fully integrated into the INS system. This allows for NI approved DP training on a range of vessel types in a full mission simulation. Bridge Team Training, Casualty Drills, DPO Handovers, and company specific operations training are all key components to the training.
Bridge 3 is a duplicate of Bridge 2 with 240 HFOV Simulator with 42 of vertical field of view (VFOV) that provides an excellent view of not only the world around the vessel and other ships, but also the deck of the vessel to allow for very accurate vessel handling during Ship Assist & Ship Escort, Skills Assessments, and Rig Work. The bridge is equipped with a MT DP2 suite, fully integrated into the INS system. This allows for NI approved DP training on a range of vessel types in a full mission simulation. Bridge Team Training, Casualty Drills, DPO Handovers, and company specific operations training are all key components to the training.
DYNAMIC POSITIONING LAB
The DP program at MPT is accredited by the Nautical Institute and is utilized by a range of mariners from Energy Exploration & Support Vessels, Passenger Cruise Ships, Wind Generator Support Vessels, Towing Vessels, Research & Dive Support Vessels, as well as mariners serving on domestic and foreign Military Vessels. The 6 station lab features MT DP hardware along with Transas ECDIS, Sperry arpa, ship controls, and system alarm monitors. The lab is utilized for the DP Induction Course and as a component of the other DP courses. The utilization of an DP system imbedded within a bridge system network allows the students to not only gain a detailed understanding of DP, but also understand how it integrates into a bridge overall and how to transition from DP to manual mode. The DP Advanced Simulator Course and the DP STR (Sea Time Reduction) Course are taught on our Full Mission Bridges, allowing for realistic training scenarios and integrated exercises.
ECDIS & ELECTRONIC NAVIGATION LAB
The ECDIS & E Nav Lab at MPT is designed around Transas Marine ECDIS 4000 MFD units. These are the same units in service on hundreds of vessels around the world. The use of real world equipment provides the students a high level of understanding that they can take back to their vessels and apply.
Our ECDIS & E Nav Lab is utilized in a variety of STCW and Manufacturer courses. The lab is designed to maximize the student experience and allows the student to integrate the ECDIS system into the bridge operations utilizing arpa, bridge controls, and a visual channel to truly understand the 2 dimensional world displayed on the ECDIS as it compares spatially to the world outside.
CLASS A ENGINE CONTROL ROOM SIMULATOR
MPTs simulation capabilities extend beyond navigational and ship handling; we include simulation for engineering assessments and others. MPTs Class A ECR Simulator is designed to mimic conditions found onboard modern vessels and is able to accurately model a variety of vessel types.
CLASS A LIQUID CARGO CONTROL ROOM SIMULATOR
MPT also hosts a Class A LCHS Simulator, designed to provide a highly realistic training environment that accurately mimics the conditions and features of modern tankers. Currently the system is designed to simulate the ship side of the operation but can also be reconfigured to train shoreside terminal personnel. The system currently has models of Chemical and Product tankers but can also accurately depict LNG/LPG membrane carriers, LNG terminals, and VLCC/ULCC models. As with all of our simulators, the level of realism and hardware integration allows for immersive training scenarios. The LCHS is designed to not only fulfill the regulatory requirements of STCW, but also to allow companies to accurately interface their procedures and protocols into a scenario to facilitate operational training and crew familiarization. This is especially important with
TYPE S TECSIM PERIPHERAL SYSTEMS SIMULATORS
A component of both the ECR/MCR Class A simulator suite and the Class A LCHS simulator suite, the Type S TecSim simulator is designed to allow mariners to work on individual sub systems commonly found in both the engineering and liquid cargo handling operations.