Venice Maritime School

VeMarS is a consortium specifically dedicated to the training and education of seafarers as envisaged by national and international regulations under STCW Convention '78-'95. The school was founded in 2004 by a group of public and private entities: Actv S.p.A., Venice Port Authority, Pianura Armatori S.p.A., SSMC S.n.c.

Courses held at VeMarS

VeMarS offers one of the most sophisticated maritime simulators available in Europe for the training of merchant navy officers, in addition to suitably equipped classrooms for the theoretical part of the training.

VeMarS' instructors and teachers make up a well-tuned team that has worked together for many years and are all certified by the State Administration.

The simulator is used in the following training courses:

  • regular radar observer
  • A.R.P.A. radar 
  • A.R.P.A. radar Bridge Teamwork Management (SAR)
  • e-navigation (IBS-INS)
  • alignment module for officer cadets pursuant to D.M.  30.11.2007
  • radar navigation in lagoon and inland waters
  • bridge resources management 
  • ship handling
  • tugs & mooring operations
  • GMDSS (GOC), (ROC) and (SRC)

The following courses do not require the use of the simulator

  • PSSR
  • medical first aid
  • ISM code (auditor, DPA and entry level)
  • ISPS code (PFSO, CSO, SSO)
  • SAFE

The final exams that lead to the final certificate are held at the VeMarS facility.

Naval simulator

The naval simulator is located in a facility of 175 sqm. and includes six interactive ships controlled by two stations and an exercise briefing and debriefing room.

The simulation system was approved by the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport and also by the British DOT/MCA. The naval simulator can be operated through 39 networked personal computers, 27 20" and 23" TFT monitors and 10 projectors.

Communication between ships and instructor stations simulate the onboard VHF systems. The instructor checks how the exercise is being performed from the main station and a ten-channel viewing option assures a 300° visibility of the simulated horizon.

The structure and equipment of the simulated ships are planned on strict anthropometric and ergonomic principles and can be operated from a standing or sitting position.

The system is updated to the most recent EMSA requirements and it is possible to record and trace all radar/ECDIS data relating to completed exercises. The main simulator ship has been created based on the standards envisaged by the INS “C” system.

The simulation system software was created by Transas Marine.

Simulazione nave in partenza da Venezia
Simulazione nave in partenza da Venezia (Simulation of a ship leaving from Venice)
Simulazione nave in navigazione nel Nord Adriatico
Simulazione nave in navigazione nel Nord Adriatico (Simulation of a ship sailing in the North Adriatic sea)