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Engine Room Simulator

Engine Room Simulator

Transas Engine Room Simulator

As well as the workshop facilities SSNS has a PC based Engine Room simulator. 6 student stations and 1 instructor station are linked to a form an interactive network where typical Engine Room running and faults can be simulated.

There are 3 systems available:

  • Main Engine
  • Electrical Plant
  • Auxiliaries

These may be run separately, in pairs or altogether. If running together all are linked so that a fault in an auxiliary will affect the others. For example a generator failure will shut down all electrical equipment for the main engine and auxiliaries. When running alone a programme will assume all is well with the plant in the other systems.

The instructor can monitor all the student stations and switch different programs to each and also put faults on, send bridge requests or mimic bridge alterations of engine speed e.g. an emergency crash stop to Full Astern from Full Ahead.

Once students have carried out a session, full debriefing can be done by replaying the events and showing where errors were made and where correct actions were taken.

Main Engine

There are 2 main engine types available, a 2 stroke direct coupled and a 4 stroke gearbox coupled. The 4 stroke has a controllable pitch propeller, the 2 stroke fixed pitch. In the Main Engine section the student has control of the:

  • Main Engine Control
  • Fresh Water Cooling
  • Sea water Cooling
  • Fuel Oil Supply
  • Fuel Oil Transfer
  • Lubricating and Piston Cooling
  • Compressed Air
  • Exhaust Gas and Turbocharging
  • Control and Monitor the Combustion Process (Timing, Indicator Cards etc)

The instructor may generate a wide variety of faults from instant disasters to slow changes such as filters blocking or coolers fouling. The Instructor also monitors all that is happening, from alarms to temperature readings. The engine can be started from cold or running at full sea speed. Associated with, but separate from, is a Main Engine alarm panel where all the alarms for the engine and plant are displayed.

Electrical Plant

In this section are 2 Diesel Alternator sets, 1 Shaft driven Alternator (via a clutch) and an Emergency Diesel Alternator, a shore supply can also be connected. These can be made available in any combination. The student has access to:

  • Ships Electrical Power System Control Panel
  • Auxiliary Diesel Control Panel
  • Shaft Generator Control panel
  • Emergency Diesel Control Panel
  • Main Switchboard (MSB)
  • MSB Shaft Generator Section
  • Emergency Switchboard (ESB)
  • Synchronisation Panel
  • Insulation Monitoring
  • Shore Supply Switchboard
  • High Voltage Power Consumers
  • Low Voltage Power Consumers

There is a separate alarm panel where all electrical alarms are displayed. As with the Main Engine, the Instructor can select various faults and problems for the students to deal with and monitor what is being done.


The Auxiliaries section deals with all that plant not directly required by the Main Engine or Electrical System. The student operates:

  • Steam Plant
  • Bilge system
  • Steering Gear System
  • Fresh Water Distillation plant
  • Fire Alarm system
  • CO2 System
  • Fire Main System

The Boiler plant enables the student to operate a package boiler or exhaust gas boiler, feed pumps, condenser and steam distribution.

The Bilge system has a bilge pump and Oily water Separator discharging overboard or to a holding tank.

Steering Gear system has the pumps and supply tank for the rudder as well as a rudder position indicator.

Water Distillation plant is a standard evaporator using engine cooling water and vacuum to make fresh water from sea water.

The Fire Alarm, CO2, and Fire Main mimic standard installations.

As with the other systems, there is a separate Alarm panel where all the alarms are displayed and the Instructor can introduce faults and other problems as well as monitor the student's progress.