Wärtsilä Navigational Simulators

Wärtsilä Tug Simulator

Advanced ASD tug simulator capable of training a range of functions: from basic tug handling manoeuvres for trainees to advanced towing methods for tug masters.


Designed by tug masters, for tug masters — Wärtsilä Voyage’s advanced ASD Tug Simulator has been developed in conjunction with SeaWays Consultants and provides high fidelity and cost-effective training in complex and risky operations. Based on the NTPRO 5000 navigational simulator, the system can simulate a broad range of operations: from basic tug handling manoeuvres for beginners to advanced towing methods, such as indirect towing, for tug masters. It uses advanced tools for both ship assistant training tasks and professional training in all types of tug and barge operations.

Key benefits

  • High-fidelity and cost-effective operations training for all kinds of tugs, offshore and barge.
  • Simulate a broad range of functions and manoeuvres.
  • Suitable for training both beginners as well as advanced training for tug masters.
  • Provides both ship assistant training tasks and professional training.
  • Joint training is possible with several tug training stations operating in one scenario to provide more advanced lessons and capabilities.

Key features

  • Offshore tugging and towing functions include:
    • Ship assistance work
    • High-speed escort work
    • Operating various anchor equipment
    • Oil rig and platform moves
    • Integrated tug master and pilot training
  • All types of tugboats are simulated, including conventional single-screw tugs, conventional twin-screw tugs, cycloid-drive (Voith-Schneider) tractor tugs and Z-drive reverse tractor drive. Interface to real tug controls can be provided.
Additional information

Desktop solution

  • Familiarisation
  • Basic operations

Full mission simulator

Designed for advanced operations, where the visualisation and hardware requirements are higher than those of conventional ship operations. The following additional features should be considered:

  • Vertical angle view
  • Rear-view visualisation
  • Dedicated hardware

Joint training

Operate several tug training stations in one scenario to provide more advanced training capabilities for:

  • Multiple tug operations
  • Rig moves with a coordinating rig master
  • Training of a bridge team of vessels being towed
  • Advanced pilot training


The Wärtsilä NTPRO 5000 simulator has been designed in full compliance with the following standards:

  • STCW 2010.
  • IMO model courses.
  • International SOLAS Conventions.
  • Regulations concerning special training: fishing operations, VTS operator training, etc.
  • The simulator is approved by DNV (with class notation INTEGRATED SIMULATOR SYSTEM, NAUT AW (SIM), DYNPOS – AUT (SIM), HSC, TUG, ICE to the Class A Standard for Certification of Maritime Simulators No. 2.14).

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