Manoeuvring Simulation


CETENA has over fifty years of experience in simulation manoeuvering, which began in the 1980s evolving its first bridge manoeuvring simulator, up to the last edition (MANTA) developed for simulation manoeuvering and ship handling training courses.
In CETENA’s simulation laboratory it is possible to simulate a real ship bridge; Captains and Pilots are able to manoeuvre the virtual ship as if it were real life situations, making decisions and performing action in a "safe" virtual world.

Our Activities

CETENA consultancy activities in this field are aimed at understanding the compatibility between the ship and the harbour through simulation.
Usually, ports are historical and built to accept specific types of manoeuvres and they also have different risk appetite. One of the main activities of CETENA is to understand which are the adjustments to be made when a shipowner plans to bring a new ship line in the port. 

Through the execution of manoeuvres in a 3D virtual environment, CETENA is able to:

  • Assess the compatibility and the performance between the port and the manoeuvring capabilities of the ship.
  • Estimate the risk related to a particular manoeuvre or weather condition (risk assessment).
  • Identify the limit conditions for a safe manoeuvre and the size of the needed tugboats.
  • Provide support in the revision of the concessions of the tugboats when they expire.
  • Provide support to Port Authorities for specific analyses (port layout evaluation and dredging areas etc.).
  • Identify potential damages following the collision between two ships or between a ship and a port infrastructure.

Simulation manoeuvring can be performed in different environmental conditions (wind, sea state, sea bed, currents, etc.) in CETENA simulation department with support of Pilots to evaluate manoeuvring strategies and swept path according to ship manoeuvring behaviours.

It is a moment of work in which potential future scenarios are simulated without risks.
Moreover, it is a consultancy activity that brings together the actors involved, pilots, Port Authorities, designers and tugboats to share the design stage. Each expert involved in the project presents a different room for manoeuvre (in particular pilots and designers) that is the starting point to understand where to intervene.


Thanks to many years of R&D and consultancy in projects in harbour within and for the Port Authorities, CETENA is able to offer a fully integrated simulation environment, combined with the realistic behaviour of ships and with the technical support of CETENA experts to guarantee customers the best results.

The model is developed in house and contains information and data coming from Fincantieri to perfectly portray the ship motions. It consists in a model that is always updated, also thanks to the several research projects developed with Universities, many at a European level.

CETENA not only provides consultancy, but gathers experts and Port Authorities that, in the simulation environment, put together their expertise and exchange opinions to find the best possible solution which is then tested with the simulator.