Using a marine navigation simulator to investigate complex piloting and manoeuvring procedures in a simulated environment can enhance maritime operations, improve marine pilot decision-making and reduce risk. Maritime simulation studies can be undertaken for the development of new ports through to manoeuvring large vessels in restricted channels.
Ship simulators use hydrodynamic ship models and bridge simulators for both engineering and training purposes. These virtual vessels with mock-up ship bridges fitted with real consoles and manoeuvring handles navigate virtual replicas of real world waterways or proposed designs of new maritime infrastructure.
Our ship hydrodynamic models are fully calibrated against sea trials, pilot cards and mariners experienced in the navigation of relevant vessels. A wide range of environmental conditions are captured in our simulator including: reduced visibility, day and night settings, wind and current shielding, multi-directional swells and spatially variable current flows. Physical phenomena such as squat, bank effects and ship-to-ship interaction are also modelled.
Modelling and simulation offers powerful ways to support a wide range of project planning and operational decision making. This can range from the design of ports, shore-side and offshore terminals through to navigation in restricted channels of ships or offshore platforms. Through testing designs in a virtual reality, developers can optimise the infrastructure against environmental conditions to maximise the utilisation of their proposed development. Maritime simulation studies include:
Our state of the art ship simulator has been applied to all aspects of ship manoeuvring from full-scale trials, free running and captive model tests to mathematical prediction and simulation. Navigation simulation can be undertaken at our simulation centre or our desktop software. This allows the testing of operational scenarios including emergency response planning, ship handling, tug availability and the impacts of propulsion or steerage equipment failure. Simulating complex navigation can support decisions operational guidelines on:
Our marine navigation simulator is at the cutting edge of autonomous navigation, supporting the development of future remotely operated vessels through to fully autonomous vessels. BMT REMBRANDT is used by key marine industry partners as a core component of their unmanned navigation system.
Our DNV certified maritime simulator is ideal for ship officer and marine pilotage training. Meeting international standards for maritime training, BMT's REMBRANDT can play a crucial role for the initial training of new entry pilots, continued professional development for experienced pilots and ship handling manoeuvring training for ship officers.
Our ship simulator, BMT REMBRANDT, can assist in the investigation of a maritime accident through simulating events with the vessel's recorded electronic data. By providing in-depth marine accident analysis, were helping authorities to understand the complexities of a shipping accident, come to a successful resolution and define mitigating measures.