Sponsored by Valles Steamship Company Limited, the HK$4.7 million KM Koo Ship Bridge Simulator now installed at the Hong Kong Maritime Museum boasts the city’s most state-of-the-art control deck for ocean-going vessels.
This new facility is located on A-deck of the Museum, which has been officially launched on 29 April 2016. It allows visitors to steer a variety of ships including container barge, high-speed boat or even the famous historic Star Ferry, and learn the various roles of seafarers in the simulator to experience an immersive and authentic ‘sea journey’ through Hong Kong waters and the Victoria Harbour waterfront!
In this professional-grade simulator, one can experience seafaring like never before. Guided by the museum staff or maritime services student from Maritime Services Training Institute (MSTI), visitors can track the ship’s location and trajectory on the Electronic Chart Display, listen to real time radio communications from a transceiver, view traffic information using radar, and last but not least, steer at the vessel’s helm. The Simulator is capable of creating a variety of realistic immersive weather conditions such as typhoon, rough seas, fog, rain and even snow! It is so lifelike you may even get seasick!
Museum Director Richard Wesley stated, “We would like to express our deep appreciation particularly to Valles Steamship Company Limited, our sole sponsor and long-term patron, the software developer Dalian Maritime University, our Museum Advisor Captain Tung Yan-Tung, Design for Culture the designer of the simulator, Star Ferry and Star Cruises, as well as our museum staff. The completion of this new facility could not have been possible without the participation and assistance of them.”
Advance group bookings for the simulator are available on weekdays. Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays are open to the public visitors at 14:00, 14:45, 15:30 and 16:15, each in a 30-minute session (maximum 15 persons per session).
* Admission to this activity is by free ticket. Tickets for all sessions will be distributed from 1pm onwards at Visitor Service Counter, on a first come first served basis while stocks last.
* Every visitors who wishes to enter the Simulator must have a simulator ticket. Each visitor can only collect one ticket for one session.
* All children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
* The final arrangement for the Simulator experience is at the decision of the Hong Kong Maritime Museum and its representatives.