NZMS Simulation Centre

The New Zealand Maritime School has purpose built training simulators that provide real-world experience for our students and prepare them for or upskill them for the next stage of their careers at sea.

Engine Room Installation

Engine Room Installation SimulatorThe engine room installation facility comprises of three 700Hp Lister Blackstone diesel engines which rotate at 680RPM, two of which are turbo charged and one is naturally aspirated. These diesel engines are fully operational and are used by students to gain a full range of operating and maintenance competencies.

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Each year our students get the opportunity to strip the engines down, measuring component parts for wear and within allowable operating tolerances, and rebuild them – knowing that the engine was operable before they started, and therefore should operate again on completion.

The engine room has a range of smaller fully operational diesel engines for hands-on learning activity, as well as a selection of auxiliary ship's engine room equipment. This facility provides for quality, real-world activity-based learning for marine engineers.

Our marine engineering students also spend time in the comprehensive machine shop and welding school at Manukau Institute of Technology, developing their hand tool and machine tool competencies.

This engine room installation located at Manukau Institute of Technology's Otara campus.

Engine Room Simulator

Engine Room Simulator

The New Zealand Maritime School installed a Transas full mission engine room simulator in 2010 complete with full machinery control room hardware in a purpose built dual room arrangement.

The simulator has five ship types with differing main propulsion arrangements, including product tanker, container vessel, RO-RO vessel, general cargo vessel and passenger cruise vessel operating with either fixed pitch prop direct coupled to a slow speed large bore diesel engine, variable pitch prop coupled through gearboxes to medium speed marine diesel engines or azipod propulsion units driven through a "power station" medium speed diesel arrangement. All vessels have an appropriate range of auxiliary equipment including high and low pressure steam systems and turbo alternators.

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The engine room simulator can be coupled to the Transas Full Mission Bridge Simulator to enable combined training exercises to be conducted.

Supplementing the Full Mission Engine Room Simulator is an adjacent 24 seat computer lab which is used primarily for simulator applications and includes all the ship models available within the Full Mission simulator. Students can use these desk top units for systems familiarisation training prior to experiencing and managing exercises in the Full Mission unit.

The engine room simulator can be utilised for a range of training scenarios at both the operational and management level and meets all STCW requirements and is DnVGL type approved.

Bridge Simulators

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

We operate 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.

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Our seven full mission bridge 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 Transas system allows for uploading of highly detailed PENC bathygraphic information and external current data, for precise manoeuvring and pilot training. 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.

The bridge simulators can be converted into five DP1 bridge simulators, or two DP2 bridge simulators for the delivery of a full suite of Nautical Institute (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 Bridge Resource Management (BRM) movements are recorded for playback in the centrally located debrief area.

NZMS Simulation Centre Ship Models Database PDF, 245.22 KB

Siemens PLC Lab

Siemens PLC LabOur PLC simulator ensures our marine engineering and marine electro-technology students become familiar working with technology that is a part of an engineers everyday life onboard ships.

At the NZ Maritime School our students programme realistic control senarios used for ships machinery and equipment on the Siemens Programmable Logic Controller (PLC), in the new Siemens Automation Laboratory.

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Training is carried out using the Siemens S7 1200 digital and analoge PLCs with latest TIA V13 software suite with our new laboratory equiped with 24 individual training stations.

Siemens PLCs are widely recognised as the leaders in the maritime industry and training our students on the Siemens technologies prepares them with the hands-on skills that they will build on when working at sea.