Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Maritime Affairs


Maritime Education & Training


Malmö, Sweden



First Advisor

Muirhead, Peter M.


This thesis is a study of the growth in maritime simulation in general and its use as a training aid with specific reference to the need for shiphandling simulator programs in Iran. The history of the development of radar and shiphandling simulators is examined and the development of maritime simulators in different countries is outlined. The simulator training programs of three different institutes are looked at as representing different training systems in the world. A training program at the cadet level for the Nautical College of Chabahar is proposed which will cover the four years of the B.Sc program. A series of courses at master, mate and pilot level have been established with the view that maximum advantage can be taken during the times that simulators are not in use for the cadets. The present limitations imposed by the use of simulators are explored and the consequent restrictions on simulator training are discussed. An evaluation of shiphandling simulators and the factors effecting the validity of simulator training is commented upon. Conclusions are drawn and recommendations made with the view to maximizing the benefits to be gained from the use of simulators for skill acquisition and enhanced experience in the maritime world.