The Maritime Institute of Technology
and Graduate Studies
(MITAGS) will celebrate the grand opening of its marine simulation technology center
on March 26. The event will include a reception, entertainment, and continuous tours of the various technology centers including
the full-mission bridges, the towing simulators, the 14-station computer lab, the vessel traffic, the All-Weather Navigation, and the new crane simulator.
•Full-Mission Shiphandling Simulator #1
This is one of the largest and most sophisticated class A full-mission simulators in the world and it has been upgraded and integrated into two towing, six part-tasks, and one vessel traffic simulators. All simulators are equipped Automatic Identification Systems
(AIS), Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems, Vessel Traffic Controls, and the very latest in visual projection systems
. The systems are supported by an experienced in-house team of database and hydrodynamic modelers.
•Full-Mission Towing Simulator (SHS#3)
This simulator utilizes a unique 330° horizontal and an unprecedented 42° vertical field of views. This simulator works in tandem with the Full-Mission Simulator #2, and Towing Simulator #4. SHS#3 &4 are specifically designed for ship assist and escort training (direct and indirect towing forces).
The completion of the $2 million upgrade is on top of the $3 million upgrade of Shiphandling Simulator #2 (SHS#2), completed in 2002. These investments were made in response to the growing demand for high quality simulation training
and operational research at both MITAGS and the Pacific Maritime’s Seattle facility.