Singapore Maritime Academy

Leader of maritime education and training with sophisticated laboratories and workshops



The Engineering Skills Workshop is equipped with a range of hand tools, machine tools, gas and electric arc welding equipment. It serves to teach the following:
  • Use of a wide range of machine tools.
  • Use of gas and electric arc welding systems.
  • Bench fitting using a range of hand tools.


The Electrical Laboratory is equipped with modular work stations. The workshop houses an operational marine switchboard served by two generator sets. They support the learning of the following:
  • Characteristics and principles of operation of electrical machines.
  • Power distribution on board ship.
  • Reading of electrical diagrams.
  • Trouble-shooting and diagnosis of electrical faults.
  • Characteristics of analogue electronic components.


The Thermo Mechanics Laboratory is designed for analysis of static and dynamic mechanical systems. It supports the learning of the following:
  • Analysis of mechanical systems using simple mechanisms and simulated machines.
  • Analysis of material strength and characteristics under tension, bending and torsional conditions.
  • Fundamentals of fluid mechanics in pumps and pumping systems.


The Energy Management section of the Thermo Mechanics Lab provides a variety of learning environments to develop the ability of students to analyze and evaluate the performance of engineering systems. It supports learning in the following areas:
  • Analysis of combustion in I.C. Engines.
  • Boiler operation and controls.
  • Analysis of fuel and lubricating oils.
  • Vibration-based condition monitoring of rotating machinery.
  • Computer-aided plant maintenance.
  • Non-destructive testing of components.
  • Thermodynamic analysis of a refrigeration plant.


The Occupational Safety & Health Centre provides an environment for the study of the fundamentals in shipboard safety particularly in the areas of fire fighting and personal safety. Realistic installations and equipment of the latest design are in use. It is developed to support courses in:
  • Basic fire fighting (principles and practice).
  • Advanced fire fighting (strategy and tactics).
  • Command and damage control.
  • Dangerous cargo transportation.
  • Shipboard safety management.


The Control Engineering Laboratory is used for reinforcing classroom lectures through practical experiments in the following areas:
  • Process measurement and calibration of transducers.
  • Single and multi-loop process control and analysis.
  • Computer-based real-time process monitoring and advanced control.
  • Programmable logic controller and alarm circuit.
  • Basic digital electronics.
  • Industrial electro-pneumatics.
  • Trouble-shooting and diagnosis of faults in control systems.


The Marine Workshop provides a learning environment similar to that found in power generation plants. It is equipped with heavy machinery to support the following learning objectives:
  • Exposure to the practicalities of handling large and heavy equipment.
  • Hands-on experience and application of theoretical principles.
  • Teamwork and group activity while performing operations and maintenance functions.
  • Assimilation of safe working practices while handling heavy equipment.
  • Exposure to machinery condition-monitoring equipment and systems.
  • Exposure to diagnostics and maintenance management.


In the Marine Machinery Simulator, the comprehensive, realistic, interactive and dynamic systems simulate real-world ship propulsion plants. It is housed in a purpose-built complex to support the following learning objectives:
  • Exposure to the latest techniques in data acquisition, presentation and control.
  • Interactive experience with fully integrated and dynamic systems.
  • Familiarisation with operational routines and procedures.
  • Team work.
  • Process analysis, condition and performance monitoring.
  • Failure management and loss prevention.
  • Man-machine interfacing.



The Full Mission Bridge Simulator has:
  • Four own-ship booths, representing ship bridges, each containing True Motion radar, ARPA, shiphandling controls, and electronic navigational aids display. Each booth is provided with intercommunication, VHF radio and quadraphonic sound systems.
    The main bridge is fully equipped with state-of-the -art Computer Generated Image (CGI) system to create a highly realistic environment on a large circular screen.
  • A computerised simulation system for generating exercise area, electronic navigational aids data, ship models and environmental conditions.
  • An instructor's console for the setting, monitoring and control of the exercise.
  • A record / replay system to facilitate exercise debriefing.


The Electronic Navigation Simulator Laboratory, an Electronic Navigation Systems (ENS) laboratory, is for training students in the proper and safe use of electronic navigation systems for position fixing.

In addition to facilitating R&D in the field of navigation, the simulator will also facilitate the following:
  • Basic bridge work for cadets.
  • Basic operation, capabilities, errors, limitations of ENS.
  • Use of Radar, ARPA and other navigational aids.
  • Bridge team work.
  • Shiphandling.
  • Bridge resource management.


The GMDSS Simulator consists of 10 PC based workstations for training,an Instructor Station on the outer loop and 3 PC based orkstations for examination in the inner loop. The simulator can train candidates to meet the requirements of the Global Maritime Distress & Safety Systems (GMDSS ) using authentic simulated equipment. In addition, there is 'Live GMDSS' radio equipment to enhance the training.


The Boiler House provides a learning environment similar to that found in steam generation plants. It is equipped with two operational boilers to support the following learning objectives:
  • Exposure to the practicalities of boiler parts, operation and water chemical testing.
  • Hands-on experience and application of theoretical principles.
  • Teamwork and group activity while performing operations and maintenance functions.
  • Exposure to various boiler components and maintenance systems.


The ECDIS Centre has an Electronic Chart and Display Information Systems that includes an instructor station connected to 10 individual workstations (Bridges). Apart from the ECDIS, the system contains some common shipboard Electronic Navigation Aids and is also capable of desktop ship handling simulation.

Through the ECDIS a vessel's 'own ship's position' is automatically displayed through updates from the Global Positioning System. It integrates the Electronic Navigation Chart required for the ship's operation with other key navigation equipment, such as radar overlay. ECDIS is gaining popularity among major shipowners. It is envisaged that this system will eventually replace the need for paper charts for most ships.


The Maritime I.T. Laboratory is equipped with latest shipmanagement software programmes. From this laboratory students can access PSA's Portnet and Tradenet on-line.