NZMS Simulation Centre

Welcome to New Zealand Maritime School (NZMS), a school of Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT).

Located in the heart of Auckland’s waterfront, the New Zealand Maritime School Simulation Centre features the latest Wartsila / Transas NT-Pro 5000 vs 5.40 software to provide users with a superior maritime training experience that will foster critical thinking, problem solving, proper decision making and confidence.

The New Zealand Maritime School Simulation Centre operates seven full mission bridge simulators and the ability to link the bridge to the full mission Engine Room simulator, making it the largest maritime simulator in the Southern hemisphere.

Our seven full mission bridge simulators facilitate exercises with full berth-to-berth operations in all New Zealand ports, and a large number of major ports around the world. Our in-house area-model building technician develops the port area based on latest available ENC with over-laid topographic data and Google earth placement of infrastructure. The centre has a collection of over 70 different ship models and high fidelity ship specific modelling is available. The Wartsila software allows for uploading of highly detailed PENC bathygraphic information and external current data bases, for precise manoeuvring, pilot training and port risk assessments. The instructor can easily change tide, sea and weather conditions, and includes traffic ships, aircraft and even line handlers on the wharf to create realistic scenarios for both bridge watch keeping assessment and advanced pilot training and CPD.

The bridge simulators can be converted into five DP1 bridge simulators, or two DP2 bridge simulators for the delivery of a full suite of NI accredited Dynamic Positioning training.

The New Zealand Maritime School, together with Seaways Ltd delivers highly specialised tug master training in its two dedicated TugSim bridges with flat screen panels for optimal view over the bow, to port, starboard and astern.  The world’s most advanced Transas TugSim-software development  involved a team of computer programmers and digital model makers working closely with Seaways expert tugmasters team for over 12 months to develop or enhance some 55 separate aspects to tug operations, including realistically accurate hydrodynamic and interaction between the ship and tug. All exercises are saved, and both video and audio accounts of each bridge team’s BRM movements are recorded for playback in the centrally located debriefs area.

New Zealand Maritime School’s Lifeboat simulator is certified by Det Norske Veritas (DNV) and are recognized by the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) STCW and MODU Codes. The systems offer training management, with curriculum scenarios covering time of day, sea states, varied weather, and emergencies; and the simulators can be either autonomous or instructor-based. Simulated scenarios expose students to a variety of training outcomes, which enable them to improve their specific boat handling skills in a controlled environment. Students will demonstrate their competence and knowledge of launching a lifeboat, the marshalling of life rafts and conducting searches for persons in the water in a state of the art Lifeboat simulator.

New Zealand Maritime School simulation centre was the host for the International Simulator Lecturer Association bi-annual simulator conference in 2018.