A Ship Simulation System for Maritime Education

Damitha Sandaruwan

Abstract


This paper presents a ship simulation system for maritime education which allows simulating ship handling under complicated environmental conditions and threat scenarios. This system simulates real-time six degrees of freedom ship motions (pitch, heave, roll, surge, sway, and yaw) under user interactions and environmental conditions. Today there are proprietary applications for predict real-time six degrees of freedom ship motions. However according to open literature it is difficult to find algorithms for predict real-time six degrees of freedom ship motions. We develop our own algorithms for predict real-time six degrees of freedom ship motions

By using this simulation system trainer can demonstrates ship motions, maneuvering tactics and assign particular mission to trainees and evaluate their performance. Trainees can use the simulation system to study at their own pace. These learning and teaching scenarios enable more productive and collaborative learning and teaching environment. Implementation and operational cost of the ship simulation system is a fraction of the conventional training involving real ships. Consequently this ship simulation system reduces the total cost of training and increases the quality of training.

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