New Maritime Simulation Unit open in Sydney

AMC Search opens new state-of-the-art maritime training simulation facility in Sydney.

October 31, 2019

A new Maritime Simulation Unit in Darling Harbour, Sydney, has been opened by AMC Search to provide training and engineering consultancy from this important maritime hub. 

Unique within the state, the new facility is innovatively linked to the National Centre for Maritime Simulation in Tasmania and combines replica ship and vessel communications equipment with highly realistic ocean, coast and port backdrops for immersive maritime training from the security of dry land.

The Maritime Simulations Unit includes the latest Kongsberg and Transas simulation solutions for training in vessel navigation, vessel traffic services (VTS) and emergency and distress calls.

It also provides access to an extensive library of vessel and port models developed in-house at AMC and previously only available in Tasmania.

AMC Principal Michael van Balen AO said the new Sydney facility would boost safety in the maritime industry by making simulated training accessible to more people.

“Familiarisation with equipment and processes as well as the ability to practice emergency situations in a safe but realistic environment are key to keeping people safe at sea,” Mr van Balen said.

“Our new Maritime Simulations Unit aims to enhance maritime safety across NSW and the rest of Australia by extending the reach of the pedagogical expertise and simulation software developed over decades at the AMC in Tasmania to organisations in Sydney.”

Ports Australia Chief Executive Officer Mike Gallacher opened the new facility at a function attended by international and national representatives of the maritime industry on 30 October. 

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Find out more about the Sydney Maritime Simulation Unit