Marine Simulation

Introduction & Scope
Experience what it’s like to be in control of a vessel using one of the Pacific regions most advanced maritime simulators.

We are providing training for officers and engineers serving on ships, using state of the art equipment and simulators. This state-of-the art suite of facilities offers real-time maritime simulation technology that includes a full-mission “TRANSAS 5000 model”, a 10 station GMDSS simulator and a Liquid Cargo Handling Simulator (LCHS).

With two ship operation bridges, an Engine Room simulator and equipment, including instructional tools to provide participants with a superior maritime training experience that will foster critical thinking, problem solving, ethical decision making, and confidence.It can be used for research and training, ship maneuvering and improving ship handling and Bridge or Engine Room safety and efficiency.

It also bridges the gap between practical and theory as an effective aid for training and competency assessment of ship masters and deck officers. They learn about ship-handling, passage planning and the use of radar, electronic charts, and automatic radar plotting aids. If necessary both bridges can be made interactive including having a joint exercise with the Engine Room Simulator.

The simulator database includes ports in Australia and New Zealand, as well as areas of Europe and Malaysia.The Ship Operations Simulator is used to conduct training programs in bridge operations including high-speed navigation. It fully meets the requirements of Section A – 1/12 of the STCW2010 Code, Performance Standards for simulators used in training and in assessment of competence.

The full scale of services including assisting with accommodation is offered to participants from shipping companies, management companies, pilot organizations, VTS operators, research institutes and governmental organizations.

The Fiji Maritime Academy’s objective is to be a leader in delivering high quality professional maritime Simulator training.

Department’s Goals: The goal of the Marine Simulation Department is to conduct training programs in line with the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Seafarers Training Certification and Watch keeping Code (STCW 1978 as amended). In addition, to efficiency impart knowledge and skill-based training programs with a view to enhance maritime safety and environmental protection.

Department Roles: The role of the Marine Simulation Department is to cater to the needs and demands of the local and international shipping industries, in accordance with the STCW code 1978 as amended, by:

  1. Providing a valid educational program in agreement with the industrial needs and demand.
  2. Providing knowledge and skill based training (Competency Based Training) to students.
  3. Developing and reviewing existing programs to be in agreement with the FNU General Academic Statute.
  4. Assist practicing seafarers in upgrading their maritime qualifications in accordance with the STCW 2010 code 1978 as amended and the Marine act 1986 as amended.


Departmental Functions:

(a) Administration

  • To ensure that a good communication system exists in the organization.
  • To provide an efficient, effective, friendly and healthy working environment.
  • To liaise with the Head of Academics and other departments in the daily functions of the academy.
  • To ensure transparency exists within the department/organization.
  • To prepare program timetables.
  • To prepare departmental reports.

(b) Teaching /Learning Process

  • To provide knowledge, skills and attitudes to students in accordance with the technological changes, needs and demands in the shipping industries.
  • To provide quality lesson and semester plans.
  • To provide quality teaching materials, equipment and good learning environment to the students.
  • To maintain high professional teaching standards.
  • To develop and review existing programs.
  • To liaise with the local shipping industry concerning program development needs.
  • To record student assessment and attendance.
  • To provide counseling to the students.
  • To enforce the Occupational, health & Safety standards in practical classes.

(c) Enrolment

  • Enrolment process for the Marine Simulation programs will follow the FNU enrolment and selection procedures.

(d) Assessment

  • To ensure that all assessment methods reflects the assessment criteria of the Modular Program
  • To update student’s Records Cards.
  • To assist in the auditing of programs
  • To ensure that students’ academic transcripts are prepared.
  • To ensure knowledge based criteria will be satisfied through a combination of practical exercises and assessments will be a combination of practical, written and oral assessments.
  • To ensure skill based criteria will be satisfied through practical exercises and assessments will be a combination of written assessments, practical assessments, assignments and oral assessments.