New 360 Tug Simulator at The Maritime Skills Academy in Portsmouth

New 360 Tug Simulator at The Maritime Skills Academy in Portsmouth

The Maritime Skills Academy (part of the Viking Maritime Group) is further developing its training portfolio by expanding its state of the art simulation facilities at the Portsmouth centre.

The new addition will include a 360 degree full mission tug simulator at the Portsmouth centre, complete with Rolls Royce controls and electronics and genuine Damen hardware winch controls.

The intention is that this new simulator will be fully integrated with the existing full bridge simulator, to provide realistic exercises where tug operations can be combined with ship handling courses to further enhance the training opportunities.

Viking MSA’s model of providing an innovative and tailored approach to training has led to a significant increase in demand for simulator training from tug operators and ports alike.

Our fully integrated 360 tug simulator has realistic simulator visualisation and supports different types of training in:

  • Offshore tugging and towing
  • Ship assistance work
  • High speed escort work
  • Operating various anchor equipment
  • Oil rig and platform moves
  • Integrated tug master and pilot training

All types of tugboats are simulated, including conventional single-screw tugs, conventional twin-screw tugs, cycloid-drive (Voith-Schneider) tractor tugs and Z-drive reverse tractor drive.

Working in partnership with Seaways Global training courses can include:

  • Module 1 – ASD/ATD Tug Handling
  • Module 2 – Undertaking Harbour Towage
  • Module 3 – Active Escort & Dynamic Ship Assist
  • Pilot Azimuth Propulsion course
  • Effective Use of Tugs for Marine Pilots

The state-of-the-art tug simulator set up at Portsmouth includes:

  • 360° vision via 44 LED screens
  • 31 computers
  • Rolls Royce controls and electronics
  • ASD/ATD/CTS/VSP controls
  • Genuine Damen hardware winch controls.

Working closely in partnership with Wartsila, hydrodynamic modelling accurately replicates the dynamic interaction between the ship and the tug to further enhance the realism and user experience.

The MSA in Portsmouth already boasts a full 270 degree NACOS platinum bridge with integrated bridge wings, connected safety centre, engine simulation suite with its control room, main switch board, high voltage and 3x virtual machinery spaces.  See more here:

The MSA in Dover provides delegates with more of the practical safety training, covering basic and advanced STCW courses, GWO, hands on engineering, commercial fire fighting and development training. The facilities include a real-life environmental effects survival pool, fire training centre, a damage control module, lifeboat centre and workshops. See more here:

Viking Maritime Group:

Viking Maritime Group is leading the way as a maritime services company and operates in the United Kingdom, USA, New Zealand and the Philippines.

Founded in 1988, today the company encompasses a diverse group of businesses including; Viking Crew, the leading maritime crew services provider; MSA the dover and Solent based maritime skills academy’s and Chiltern Maritime, the UK’s top merchant navy cadetship provider.

Across the company there is alignment and synergy in our ethos, in putting people first and helping support and develop the talent and expertise within the global maritime industry. Read more here: