Ship Handling Simulator

The ship handling simulator is a system that reproduces a vessel maneuvering environment as close as possible to an actual bridge by combining navigation equipment and the latest CG technology. A typical full-mission type ship handling simulator projects CG images on large screen around the simulated bridge so that you can feel as if you are actually on board a ship.
In addition, it is possible to support various types of vessels such as large vessels, small vessels, tugs, Dynamic Position System veseels(DPS), etc.


JAPAN MARINE SCIENCE INC. is the biggest Ship handling simulator manufacturer in Japan. We produce and provide the most suitable made-to-order system which meets the needs of customers taking into consideration the intended use and budget. Based on our know-how accumulated through our experience supplying ship handling simulators to a number of customers (both domestic and international), we are able to provide total support from installation schedule planning to the operation support after installation.
Since developing the first private Ship handling simulator in 1991 in-house, we have continued to develop various systems that meet the needs of the times, and now our Ship handling simulator is based on the 2010 revised STCW Convention (International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for seafarers, Manila revision), meets all the simulator requirements defined by Class A of DNV-GL standards (DNVGL-ST-0033 Maritime Simulator Systems Edition April 2018).
From training simulators for seafarers to entertainment simulators for general users, our products, which have thoroughly pursued the needs of our customers, have received high praise along with prompt support. We will continue to strive to develop and sell systems from the customer's perspective.

Full-mission Simulator

The full-mission ship handling simulator, which is equipped with actual latest nautical instruments and devices, consists of a navigation bridge surrounded by a large-sized screen on which high-resolution CG images are projected.
These CG images change in real time, accurately reflecting the movement of the vessel. The simulated bridge and CG images that surround the trainee 360 degrees create an overwhelming sense of immersion.
Device component on the bridge, projection range to screen (Horizontal view angle up to 360 degrees, Vertical view angle for Berthing/Unberthing is available), and the types of CG image from full high-vision to 4K, are able to be proposed based on the customer's requirement.

Full-mission ship handling simulator

Simulated bridge with 360 degree screen (image)

Compact Simulator

We are able to offer a system to suit the specific requirements of our customer. For customer with limited installation space, or customer who requires multiple simulators, we are able to propose the Compact-simulator / Desktop-simulator which is equipped with totally same software as Full-mission simulator. Based on the requirement, we can propose a system layed with multiple large LCD monitors.
The system is compact, but the resolution is as high as that of full-mission simulator (full high-vision to 4K available), and by combining narrow-frame LCD monitors horizontally and vertically, customer can enjoy the so realistic ship handling environment.

Compact Simulator using latge LCDs (image)

Compact Simulator using latge LCDs (image)

Functional features

High accuracy of the vessel movement calculation

  • Suitable for all types of vessel operations from small vessels to large vessels
  • Supports general FPP to CPP propeller and special rudder such as AziPod
  • Supports from offshore navigation, to berthing and unberthing, anchoring and mooring operation
  • Flexible setting of external forces (fluctuating winds, tidal currents, waves, water depths)
  • Berthing/Unberthing supported by up to 6 tugboats

Realistic CG representation

  • High representation of varied environments, e.g., nighttime, daytime and twilight, as well as rain and restricted visibility conditions
  • Realistic representation of hull motions and wakes of own and other vessels
  • Dynamic representation of sea waves and swells with flexibly specified period and height
  • Navigational Aids representation such as buoys floating on the sea, lighhouse, etc., as well as light point at night time

Connection with various devices

  • Connection to navigation instruments manufactured by various nautical manufacturers
  • Virtual binoculars built-in three-axis motion sensor
  • Equipped with multi-function display that expresses navigational instruments with software

Capacity to arrange more than 100 controllable 'target' vessels of various types

Ability to objectively evaluate maneuvering results with an automatic scoring system

Customize-ordered CG model of ships and sea areas

Ship swaying in the waves

Rain representation

Dawn representation

Night time representation

Navigation instruments equipped in the simulated bridge

Objective for the future

Through collaborative research with Hiroshima University, we are working to further improve the motion model, including improvements to the fluid force model.

Collaborative research with Hiroshima University



Main Customers

  • Training organization in and outside Japan like Japan National Mercantile Marine University, National College of Maritime Technology, Marine Technical College, Fisheries College, Fisheries High School, Private University (related to Maritime Faculty) etc.
  • Training center operated by Private Marine shipping company, Maritime Industry groups
  • Organization related to Maritime Safety like the Institution of Maritime Safety, Japan Coast Guard Academy
  • Pilot training organization like Pilot Associations, Pilot training institute
  • Research Institutions
  • Public and Private Museums

Installation Record

  • 18 Full-mission simulators (domestic: 16 / international: 2)
  • 27 Compact simulators (domestic: 20 / international: 7)

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Business Inquiries

Technical Development Group
+81 44-548-9133