Our Vision

To be known as a centre of excellence for maritime education and training solutions within the African Maritime and Offshore Community.


To provide international standard, quality professional maritime short courses, simulator training and Officer, Cadet & Rating training administration services.

To achieve this we will adhere to our quality management standards, be responsive to client needs, actively participate in maritime industry skills development initiatives and provide innovative maritime education and training solutions.


Building asset value through integrated, innovative, education and training solutions for the maritime industry and offshore sector.


SAMTRA strives to remain at the cutting edge of maritime training. We believe that good maritime training must be realistic, interesting, enjoyable, challenging and practical. In this way we will continue to conduct maritime training programs which enable the participants to improve their personal and professional effectiveness and competitiveness in the global maritime industry.

There is an increasing international focus on operating ships safely and economically – and using simulators to train Seafarers offers a cost-efficient and low risk solution to achieve these goals. Around the world, simulation is increasingly forming a central part of maritime education and maritime training.

Over the past decade simulator technology has improved dramatically. Millions have been invested to make the computer animated ship movements and the effects of the emulated environmental conditions so realistic that the participants become immersed in the scenario and forget that they are in a simulator and not out at sea.

It is widely acknowledged that learning will often only take place when theory and practice are linked – that people have to “feel” before it becomes “real”. Overcoming the distinction between the reality of maritime training and the reality the participant must be able to master after maritime training, is one of the major maritime training challenges. It is often referred to as “the transfer issue”. The aim of simulation is to make the maritime training very life-like to the participant – in so doing; the transfer to the participant’s reality is therefore likely to be successful.

Simulator Maritime Courses at SAMTRAA simulator, however, does nothing by itself – it is merely a maritime training aid, the efficacy of which depends entirely on how it is used. The selection and maritime training of instructors is therefore extremely important to ensure that the maritime training conducted using the simulator is successful. Candidates for selection as instructors need to be carefully screened to meet the specific profile in terms of personality, attitude, interpersonal skills as well as professional competence.

International research has proven that it is not enough to utilize the best professionals as simulation instructors, but that in order to ensure efficient transfer of maritime training, with the main focus on acquiring skills and knowledge, it is crucial that the Instructors change from being “experts” to being “facilitators”.

The maritime training of instructors needs to cover both an introduction to the ideas behind the learner-centered debriefing/ supervision as well as maritime training in the use of the learning method aspects of simulators. Instructors are trained to become good at listening to each participant’s experience and learning during the simulation scenario. This enables the instructor to help the participants gain an overview of the complex sequence of events that make up the simulation exercise.

The Instructors at SAMTRA have been taught to utilise the concept of Debriefing – not in the more traditional “supervision” sense – but rather similar to concept practised in military contexts, namely the so-called Critical Incidence Stress Debriefing. In this process the Instructors learn to ask questions that enhance the participants’ ability to reflect and learn from the simulator experience – and they learn to structure each debriefing session in a manner that creates commitment to the conclusions and perspectives of the entire group.


SAMTRA is a maritime training academy offering maritime SIMULATOR and PROFESSIONAL SHORT COURSESTRAINING and CUSTOM SOLUTIONS.


  • 3 Full Mission Bridge Simulators that are DNV accredited and Full Class A compliant, including Azimuth Stern Drive and Voith Schneider Tractor Tug Modules
  • GMDSS Simulator
  • ECDIS Simulator
  • Engine Room Simulators based on WARTSILA X-35 Low Speed, B&W LMC Low speed and Mak Medium Speed engines
  • Marine Integral Refrigeration Unit Simulator
  • Seamanship Training Room
  • Classrooms (seating for 20 each)
  • Computer Training Room
  • Debriefing /classrooms with data projectors
  • Conference room
  • Fully catered dining room

SAMTRA’s Conference room and Lecture Rooms are available for meetings and small conferences. Email admin@samtra.co.za for more information.



SAMTRA acquired full-mission ship simulators from Force Technology, Denmark, which utilizes the SimFlex Navigator bridge simulation software. This system, according to Force Technology, offers the most realistic, flexible and professional maritime ship simulator based on the most accurate mathematical ship manoeuvring model on the market.


  • Two full size bridge simulators with 240° arc of visibility.
  • One near-full size bridge simulator with 140° arc of visibility.
  • Full-mission Voith and ASD tug simulator plug-in modules
  • One full Poseidon GMDSS simulator classroom accommodating 9 students.
  • One Maretek ECDIS & Radar simulator classroom accommodating 9 students.
  • Debriefing facilities.

Our SimFlex Navigator simulation system has been accredited by the Det Norske Veritas (DNV) classification society as Class A Bridge Operation Simulators in accordance with the Standards for Maritime Simulator Systems Certification No. 2.14 of 2007.


SAMTRA has two Engine Room Plant Simulation systems, namely:

Unitest Marine Training Software & Engine Room Simulator – is a desktop simulator that provides a 3 dimensional presentation of the Engine Room plant and individual systems and equipment, specifically designed for training students of maritime academies or marine vocational training centers. The simulator has universal features and may be used both for training merchant and military navy personnel.

STN Atlas SES 4000 G Engine Room Simulator – is a PC based Ship Engine Simulator that provides a graphical schematic representation of the various systems and all functions of an Engine Room plant.



SAMSA LogoOur training courses and training centre is approved by the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) and Bureau Veritas has certified our Quality Management System as complying with the ISO 9001:2008 standard.



SAMTRA has maintenance and services agreements in place with the suppliers of the various simulation systems used at our training centre. Our systems are optimally maintained to guarantee performance, and upgraded as new technology is developed to ensure that our facilities and systems remain abreast with international trends and provide learners with the highest quality simulation experience.


In order to provide clients with the best possible service SAMTRA has obtained Maritime Authority, Quality Assurance and Institutional Accreditations as follows;

  • Bureau Veritas (ISO 9001 ; 2008) Quality Management Accreditation with a 10 year record without non-conformance.
  • South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) Accreditation for our facility and courses that comply with the STCW Regulations.
  • Maritime Labour Convention Accreditation.
  • Republic of Marshall Islands approval for Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS) course.
  • The only Training Provider accredited by Voith to deliver Voith Water Tractor Simulator Courses.


PYT SAMTRA PYT – Professional Yachtmaster Training
PYT is a world-class maritime academy for both professional and leisure seafarers in the yachting industry. PYT offers courses approved by South African Sailing, South African Maritime Safety Authority, International Yacht Training Worldwide and the MCA.
seatrain Seatrain
Seatrain manages, on behalf of the client, specific training of officers and ratings from the initial planning programme through to the culmination of successfully trained and certificated personnel. The personal needs of the students are monitored closely at all times.


Business/Industry Associates

  SAMSA – The South African Maritime Safety Authority
SAMSA initiated the country’s National Cadet Training Project including the establishment of a dedicated training vessel SA Agulhas. SAMTRA are contracted to manage the Cadet Training Project and to develop and implement an onboard training programme through its Training Officers appointed to serve in SA Agulhas.
  Stavanger Offshore Tekniske Skole Course Centre (SOTSCC)
SOTSCC specialises in providing Education & Training to the Offshore Oil & Gas sector internationally.SOTSCC and SAMTRA have concluded a Joint Venture agreement to jointly offer a number of courses at SAMTRA to the Oil & Gas sector in the Sub Saharan region.
  Voith Turbo (Pty) Ltd
Voith contributes to the solution of global tasks, meeting future challenges and setting the standard in their markets energy, oil & gas, paper, raw materials and transport & automotive.For the maritime industry Voith supplies propulsion systems for vessels, specifically designed and equipped for all marine tasks. Integrated Shiphandling have been appointed sole agents for their Marine business in sub sahara.
Voith Turbo sponsored the installation of a Force Technology simulation module for a Voith Water Tractor to enable SAMTRA to provide training to Port authorities and Terminal Operators in the region. SAMTRA is the only
Training Provider accredited by Voith to offer Voith Water Tractor Simulation courses.
  The Achievement Network
A management consultancy that, through creative collaboration with SAMTRA, offers team development aimed at the corporate sector that utilizes SAMTRA’s Ship Simulators. The concept is based on the principle that non-mariners are taken out of their various comfort zones to deal with challenges experienced in simulated scenarios as a team.
  Luthando Prinsloo Associates
Fostering Leadingship and Synergy Teaming wisdom competence for sustainability and thriving in the New Economy.