NZMS Simulation Centre

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

All of our courses and programmes are at our City and Mahurangi campuses. Our main City campus is located on the waterfront in downtown Auckland and Mahurangi Campus is located in Warkworth. Some course components/specialist practical activities may be taught at other MIT campuses.

NZMS is home to the largest Det Norske Veritas (DNV)-certified ship simulator centre in the southern hemisphere

At NZMS you will learn from our experienced lecturers in a hands-on, practical environment. Our simulation centre features seven bridges and have been designed in conjunction with our industry partners, so we can provide you with the most realistic experience.

Full Mission Bridge simulator and four part-task bridges

Our simulators facilitate exercises with full berth-to-berth operations in most New Zealand ports, and a large number of major ports around the world using over 60 different ship models.

The simulator software allows for uploading of highly detailed PENC bathygraphic information and external current databases, for precise maneuvering and pilot training, as well as for port development, harbour risk assessment and for port & channel research. 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.

Two full mission bespoke tug and dynamic positioning simulators

The controls match those found in modern tugs, so together we are also helping build capacity for greener technologies to be introduced to our networks.