Sydney Maritime Simulations Unit

State-of-the-art simulation facilities underpinning immersive maritime training and engineering consultancy in Sydney.

The Australian Maritime College’s world-class simulation capabilities and expertise are now available to industry in Sydney, NSW, via a dedicated Maritime Simulations Unit.

Unique within New South Wales, the Maritime Simulations Unit delivers highly realistic simulated training for vessel operators, Vessel Traffic Services and Global Maritime Distress Safety System (GMDSS).

Via the unit, local and national industry personnel can gain remote access to the world-class simulation capabilities and pedagogical expertise developed over decades at the Australian Maritime College.

The Maritime Simulations Unit is available for scheduled short courses, bespoke company-specific training, consultancy and facility hire.

The facility is housed within the AMC Sydney Study Centre, which has excellent client facilities including a kitchen, briefing/meeting  rooms and Wi-Fi.

Sydney Maritime Bridge Simulator

A web-enabled Kongsberg Maritime Polaris Bridge Simulator. The facility provides remote access to world-class simulated training and modelling software and specialists at the Australian Maritime College’s Centre for Maritime Simulations in Tasmania, and provides access to an extensive library of ship and port models by Kongsberg and in-house at AMC.

The Bridge Simulator can be used for:

  • Ship handling and navigation training
  • Ship incident debriefing
  • Human Performance for Marine Pilots
  • Safety Management Systems in Marine Pilotage
  • BRM Training
  • New pilot inductions
  • Pre-pilot simulations training
  • Emergency Management Training
  • New port developments and channel design
  • Facility hire


VTS Centre of Excellence

AMC Search is Australia’s only AMSA-accredited Vessel Traffic Services training provider, and its VTS simulator supports a highly realistic training environment for VTS operations and management.

The VTS Centre of Excellence provides a modern training environment coupled with a VTS simulator that offers full communications capabilities with real-world scenarios.

It includes a full-scale, two position VTS Centre with standard tool set-up to support decision making.

The VTS Simulator also provides a visual view of the navigational situation of the VTS area.

Based on the latest Transas Navi-harbour Vessel Traffic Management System (VTMS) solution, simulated activities are conducted in a generic port environment and developed to meet specific training objectives.

The VTS Centre of Excellence fully meets requirements for simulation as identified in the IALA Recommendations for VTS Training and supporting guidelines on the use of simulation training in VTS.


GMDSS Simulation Lab

Australia’s only fully functional Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) simulator.

The GMDSS Simulation Lab accurately imitates actual ship-to-ship communications and ship-to-shore stations using highly realistic simulated terrestrial and satellite communication systems.

It familiarises trainees with correct operation of a variety of GMDSS equipment by featuring software that emulates a wide range of recognised GMDSS equipment, from legacy systems through to the latest touch-screen satellite phones.


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