For over 100 years, Massachusetts Maritime Academy has been preparing women and men for exciting and rewarding careers on land and sea. As the nation's finest co-ed maritime college, MMA challenges students to succeed by balancing a unique regimented lifestyle with a typical four-year college environment. As a member of the cadet corps you will live, study, sail, work and play in an atmosphere that encourages you to be your best.
360 Ship Handing
State-of-the art navigation and shiphandling full mission simulator featuring Transas NTPRO 5000 software with 360 degrees horizontal field of view. This simulator enables trainees to better immerse in the virtual environment and thus increase the training realism. The 360 simulator improves upon the Academy's previous system with enhanced graphic representation of real port approaches and harbors. The 360 simulator can be fully integrated with the Tugboat and ENL simulators, is highly configurable -- and instructors can manipulate everything from the number of ships in the channel and the weather, to the time of day and the current. One of the most significant features of the new system is the inclusion of controls for Dynamic Positioning (DP).
The Transas Tugboat simulator, based on the NTPRO 5000 navigational software, provides users with excellent tools for both ship assistant training tasks and professional training in tug and barge operations, including simulation training in: mooring operations (ship-to-ship and ship-to-pier); anchoring operations; tug operations (automatic and manual mode.) Transas tug models interact with vessels based on speed and proximity. The simulator is designed to meet the specific training requirements of the Towing Industry. The unique and flexible bridge layout allows for the rapid reconfiguration of equipment to closely mimic the specialized ergonomics of conventional, Z-Drive, and Voith Schneider propulsion tugs.
The Electronic and Navigation Lab is a computer-based navigation information system compliant with International Maritime Organization (IMO) regulations and can be used as an alternative to paper nautical charts. The lab space consists of eight student stations utilizing the Transas Marine Navi-Trainer 5000 software. Each student station is a stand-alone full-mission bridge with an electronic vessel conning station, a 60 degree visual view, and Radar/ARPA and ECDIS/AIS units. An ECDIS system displays the information from electronic navigational charts (ENC) and integrates position information from the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS), gyrocompass, speed log, other navigational sensors, radar and automatic identification systems (AIS).
The Integrated Navigational Lab uniquely combines radar information, navigational charts, ENC safety parameters, targets, user-maps, routes and tools for decision support, which all ensure safer navigation. Using Transas Navi-Radar 4000, chart layers can be individually configured, avoiding a cluttered radar display.
The Global Maritime Distress and Safety System lab includes all equipment required to carry out advanced exercises in all aspects of GMDSS/SAR training. The various equipment is realistically emulated on the PC screens graphically simulating the radio equipment most commonly used onboard ships today.
The Diesel Liquid Cargo simulator is designed to train and certify crew members of liquid cargo tankers, gas carriers and terminals, as well as other staff responsible for the safe cargo handling and the operation of auxiliary equipment. The simulator meets the demands for basic training of cadets as well as advanced training of deck officers in the understanding and handling of the ships loading and discharging equipment.
CSC's Virtual Ship simulation is used to teach proper procedures for handling problems with the ship's systems, such as steering, engineering or propulsion malfunctions. Cadets can practice navigating in and out of harbors using markers and sea buoys or pulling alongside other ships for replenishment operations.