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Shiphandling Training & Research Centre

The Australian Ship Handling Centre at Port Ash provides training in ship handling for Masters, Ship's Officers and Pilots, using experienced Pilots as instructors.

Port Ash manned ship-model simulator is a purpose built facility.   It specialises in the practical aspects of shiphandling and the control of ships at low speeds in confined and shallow waters with and without tug assistance.

The Centre utilises manned ship- models to provide practical hands on training on its purpose built 2 Ha (5 acre) port, at Port Ash, located 35 minutes north of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia.