REMBRANDT simulator bridge

BMT REMBRANDT: Next generation digital forensics and S–100 ENC platforms

Our industry-leading navigational simulator helps users safely plan, train and prepare for complex manoeuvres at sea, in ports or other restricted waters. Applications include feasibility and access design, evaluation studies, ship to ship transfers, onboard training, and marine incident investigation.

We enable world-leading marine pilot training, maritime accident investigation, maritime simulation studies for port development and complex navigation, and advances in autonomous ship navigation. Our certified ship simulator combines fluid dynamics for in-operation vessels and ship models with 3D visuals. The simulation software is highly adaptable and is available as a stand-alone desktop ship simulator software or a full bridge simulator with a console.

We tailor-make models for the REMBRANDT simulator based on the specific characteristics or class of ship.  These models can be supplied singly or as a portfolio of different vessels.  The simulator gives pilots a realistic experience of larger ships and aids the development of safe operating procedures.

For example, each simulation installed on-board a ship could be ship-specific.  Yet, a shore-based system could be configured to provide the option of simulating any vessel in a particular fleet or a range of ship types common in a specific port.

The simulator, which contains many of the features of modern integrated bridge systems, can be equipped with additional modules featuring spatially variable currents, anchors, mooring lines, tugs and vessels in 3D.

Firstly, we prepare a mathematical model validated based on sea trials, the results of model tests and information from our extensive ship manoeuvring database.  Next, the ship model is evaluated by someone familiar with the vessel's handling, such as a master or pilot.

BMT REMBRANDT is the benchmark simulator for fluid dynamics accuracy and provides a realistic experience of larger vessels to support safe operating procedures.  We continue to lead the market from design and evaluation studies to marine incident investigation and bespoke training for maritime professionals.

Our mission bridge simulator complex is fully equipped to provide exceptional marine consultancy and detailed incident investigations for litigation and bespoke training courses designed to meet the needs of your maritime professionals.

Ship types included in the simulator are:

  • Bulk Carrier
  • Container ships
  • Cruise ships
  • FPSO
  • Gas Carriers (LNG/LPG)
  • Naval ships
  • Passenger Ships & Megayachts
  • Ro/Ro & General Cargo (HLS)
  • Tankers (Chemicals/Oil)
  • Tugs & Pilot Boats

Each ship model is fully validated.  We aim to ensure that the performance of every ship model is indistinguishable from that of the actual ship.


A scalable and portable system providing cost effective solutions for your project

Exploiting our rich heritage in ship model testing and hydrodynamics

Fully DnV accredited range of simulators

Automatically reads VDR and AIS to deliver a high fidelity, 3-D reconstruction and playback

Rapid port construction modelling using LIDAR technology

Next generation S-100 ENC platform enable precision e-navigation for cruise ships

Full bridge simulator

Our full-bridge mission simulator is an immersive system ideal for ship officer and marine pilotage training. The bridge simulator can be configured with conventional, azipod and custom-built control consoles to provide a real-life immersive simulation experience.

Many national statutory agencies rely on BMT REMBRANDT.

  • The Australian Transport Safety Bureau
  • The Dutch Safety Board
  • The UK's Marine Accident Investigation Branch
  • National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)

Scalable range of ship simulators

BMT’s suite of REMBRANDT systems range from DnV Class A and Class S accredited full mission bridge simulators through to highly portable laptop platforms. The latter enable clients’ full flexibility for onboard and mobile tools for complex real-time manoeuvring assessments and training.  


Key features

Certified and approved simulator systems

BMT REMBRANDT is an approved navigation maritime simulator under DNV Class A (full mission), B (multi-task), C (limited task) and S (special task). It is also approved to BAW (Bundesanstalt fur Wasserbau, on behalf of the Federal Waterways and Shipping.


The configurable controls allow for various maritime conditions to simulate realistic environments.  These include reduced visibility, day and night settings, wind and current shielding, swell and complex current flows.

The software supports S57 and S63 ENCs charts and generates topography and bathymetric visuals.  The system is also AIS-enabled, allowing real-time displays of live traffic as part of a vessel simulation.

The system is scalable and operates on various platforms, from laptops to complete mission bridge hardware configuration.  BMT REMBRANDT also integrates with radar, ECDIS and GMDSS modules for a complete marine simulation.

3D Modelling

The system includes an extensive database of 'six-degrees of freedom' models for ships, floating oil and gas platforms and smaller craft. They also have actual life ship handling events such as squat, bank effects and ship-ship interaction. All our models are calibrated using sea trial data and pilot cards.