Bridge Simulators
General Information
The bridge simulators of MARIN are widely considered as highly sophisticated manoeuvring simulators developed to serve the professional maritime world in studies and trainings with complex realistic simulation environments. All MARIN bridge simulators are based on the DNV certified MERMAID/DOLPHIN software creating a true realistic experience. The uniqueness and the power of this software lies in the unrivalled high level of modelling that can be expected from a renown model testing institute such as MARIN.

The high level modelling is achieved by using mathematical manoeuvring models which are based on and validated against high-end hydrodynamic data derived directly from MARIN’s model test results and trial data. Due to the in-house developed Mermaid 500 software, a direct implementation of the hydrodynamic data is possible. The resulting mathematical manoeuvring model (e.g. vessel, tug or any other floating object) is a six degrees-of-freedom (6 DOF) model responding realistically to environmental conditions (wind, waves and current) and hydrodynamic interactions calculated over the length of the design vessel. Other real-life phenomena such as bank suction, squat and trim are modelled depth/draught dependently.

Six DOF means that next to the ordinary movements like surge, sway and yaw all MARIN simulators also incorporate the movements of roll, pitch and heave. They are directly resulting from the environmental situation (wind/waves) and are embedded in the visual image. By correlating the visuals and force/motion calculations one can “see the wave coming”. Meaning for instance that when a wave is hitting the vessel visually, the force of the wave effects the vessel’s motion simultaneously. This is specially important in DP and Anchor Handling operations. This is a feature many visualisation software lack, just presenting a wave without correlation with the calculated forces/motions.

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Besides this unique feature the visuals have been recently upgraded with the implementation of special visual software used in the computer game industry to increase the realism of the simulations. The new technology allows for special effects such as light breaking, mirroring, shadowing, the use of spray, foam, 3D fog, smoke, fire, snow, rain etc. and will be implemented gradually.

The DOLPHIN simulators are perfectly suited for complex research and training objectives:
• (Complex) maritime operations, for example offloading FPSO and escorting
• Port developments, for example a new harbour basin or berth
• Knowledge of the capabilities and limitations of a design vessel
• Understanding the interaction effects such as bank suction, squat, etc.

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Type of bridge simulators
MARIN's simulators are available in great varieties and sizes and range from a Desktop simulator, an intermediate size Compact Manoeuvring Simulator to a Full-Mission Bridge simulator with Anchor Handling functionality. All simulators listed below can be delivered stand alone, integrated (connecting multiple simulators together) or with additional functionality due to their module based approach. One thing they all have in common is the proven DOLPHIN simulator software with its intuitive and easy to operate on the Instructor Operating Station. Please have a look at our capability statement for more information on the capabilities of our simulators:


Imtech ARPA 3500 Imtech ARPA 3500
Radar Simulator
The Radar Simulator is usually part of a Compact Manoeuvring Simulator or a Full Mission Bridge simulator, but can also be delivered stand alone. The Radar Simulator is based on our Radar Antenna Simulator (RAS)-module. The RAS-module emulates the radar antenna based on scan-line modelling and requires only one PC. To ensure complete consistency with the visuals, the RAS uses the 3D database information. Standard the RAS-module will be delivered with the Imtech ARPA 3500, but also other radar brands are supported on request. More information can be found in our capability statement.


Desktop simulator with azimuth controls Desktop simulator with azimuth controls
Desktop Simulator
A desktop simulator is the smallest simulator offered and can be placed on any desk. The desktop simulator can be used stand alone or as often requested, intergrated with the Compact Manoeuvring Simulator or a Full Mission Bridge Simulator.
The Desktop Simulator consists by default of:
• A large LCD display and Stealth (see capability statement)
• Two TFT screens on either side with the following functions:
    - MARIN electronic chart
    - MARIN synthetic radar
• Mini Console with hardware controls of either:
    - Pilot/Captain Station: e.g. tiller, double telegraph, bowthruster
    - Tugmaster Station: e.g. Azimuth controls, winch controls
The mini consoles can easily be switched using identical plugs. More information can be found in our Desktop Simulator leaflet.


Compact Manoeuvring Simulator<br><br> Compact Manoeuvring Simulator

Compact Manoeuvring Simulator
The Compact Manoeuvring Simulator is the ideal solution to own a Full Mission Simulator when only limited space is available. There's no need to build a complete new building for this simulator, because this simulator is designed to fit in a reasonable sized office building with a room of only 6 by 7 meters The limited size is achieved by using a projection screen which is rear projected and using mirrors to minimize the required space.

The Compact Manoeuvring Simulator can be delivered with different kind of consoles of limited sizes. The navigation conning will always show the right particulars of the simulated design vessel (engines, rudders, thruster, etc). Together with the easy exchangeable controls, the CMS is suitable for almost every kind of design vessel. More information can be found in our CMS leaflet.


Full Mission Bridge Simulator Full Mission Bridge Simulator
Full Mission Bridge Simulator
The Full Mission Bridge Simulator is approaching the reality as close as possible by using preferable a 360 degrees projection screen with state of the art projectors. Due to the large diameter (typical between 15-20 meters) a large console can be placed within a bridgehouse. Combined with the Mermaid 500 simulation software this gives a true realistic sensation.

As with the Compact Manoeuvring Simulator, the navigation conning will always show the right particulars of the simulated design vessel (engines, rudders, pods, thruster, etc). Together with the easy exchangable controls done between simulations, the Full Mission Bridge Simulator is suitable for every kind of design vessel.
More information can be found in our leaflet with an example of our FMB Simulator.

Panoramaview - Full Mission Bridge Simulator (BRABO pilots)


Anchor Handling in heavy weather Anchor Handling in heavy weather
Anchor Handling and Ocean Towing Simulator
An Anchor Handling and/or Ocean Towing Simulator is usually a Full Mission Bridge Simulator with the additional AH functionality, such as a sophisticated 3D catenary module, 3D animations of all deck actions and full DP capability. With the added Anchor Handling capabilities the simulator fulfils the requirement of a realistic simulation environment in which the operators can practice/study:
• Chaser based systems
• Non-chaser based or Buoyed systems
• Ocean Towage

More information can be found in our Anchor Handling leaflet.

Panoramaview - Compact Manoeuvring Anchor Handling Simulator (URS)


For more information on how MARIN can help your organisation with any kind of simulator, please have a look at Simulator Sales or contact the Maritime Simulation & Software Group.

Maritime Simulation & Software Group
Haagsteeg 2
P.O. Box 28
6700 AA Wageningen
The Netherlands

Phone +31 317 49 32 37
Fax. +31 317 49 32 45

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