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Takeshi Nakazawa, Ph.D., CEng, FIMarEST

Professor of the World Maritime University

 Conference Chair


The International Conference on Engine Room Simulators (ICERS) aims to support the activities of IMLA by providing an interactive forum for the international marine engine room simulator community. ICERS seeks to achieve this aim by promoting international contact and co-operation between engine room simulator operators, researchers, commercial simulator manufacturers and courseware developers, software publishers, relevant government administrations, international and national maritime organisations, marine engineers and shipping companies. For that purpose, ICERS has regularly organized international conferences since its establishment in 1993. The conference venues so far are, Nantes/France, Rimouski/Canada, Svendborg/Denmark, Vallejo/USA, Singapore/Singapore, Wuhan/China, Portroz/Slovenia, Manila/Philippines, New York/USA, St. Petersburg/Russia, Busan/Korea and Istanbul/Turkey.

National University “Odessa Maritime Academy”, the host institution for ICERS13 in 2017,has long been a leading maritime institution concentrating its energy on MET using engine room simulators since the mid of 1960s. In 2016, the Academy equipped a new full mission engine room simulator with main engine Wartsila RT-flex for a high level of education, training and research for marine engineer officers as well as the field of marine engineering. Therefore, hosting ICERS13 at NU“OMA” is definitely the best opportunity to promote further technological development on ERSs and effective methodologies for education, training and research using ERSs.

On behalf of the steering committee of ICERS and the local executive committee, I am delighted to welcome you all to the 13th International Conference on Engine Room Simulators, which will be held on 20 and 21 September 2017 at National University “Odessa Maritime Academy”.


Mykhaylo Miyusov, DSc, Prof., CEng, FIMarEST

Rector of NationalUniversity "Odessa Maritime Academy"


Dear colleagues!

It is a great honor for the National University "Odessa Maritime Academy" to host the 13th International Conference on Engine Room Simulators (ICERS13).

The University has a rich tradition of use of engine room simulators of different producers (Søren T. Lyngsø, Norcontrol, Haven Automation Ltd., Transas, Kongsberg Maritime AS) for training of marine engineers and improving their professional skills.

Holding of ICERS13 provides a unique opportunity to exchange experience among professionals involved in production and operation of marine engines, mechanisms and systems, creation and use of engine room simulators in training of marine engineers.

Continuous improvement of engine room simulators enhances the level of safe and efficient sea vessels operation.

I wish all the delegates a fruitful and pleasant stay in Odessa.

Oleg Grygoriuk, First Vice Chairman

Marine Transport Workers’ Trade Union of Ukraine



Ukrainian seafarers are the pride of our nation. Their hard work, education, skills and other competencies have long deserved recognition of foreign shipowners.

Ukraine is among the top five according to the number of marine officers supplied to the world merchant fleet. Odessa, as a maritime capital of Ukraine, is one of Europe's largest centers of seafarers’ education, training and placement, embracing higher maritime educational institutions, maritime training centers, more than two hundred offices of shipping and crewing companies, leading maritime publications and around  one hundred thousand employees of the fleet and maritime training institutions.

Participation in the conference as a speaker or delegate gives the companies a great opportunity to communicate with maritime professionals, to enhance brand awareness and outreach activities with international business partners.

On behalf of the Marine Transport Workers’ Trade Union of Ukraine – the largest maritime trade union and the only ITF maritime affiliate in Ukraine, we invite you to take part in ICERS13, which will be held  20-21 September 2017 at the National University “Odessa Maritime Academy”, Odessa, Ukraine.

Sergii Gorb, DSc, Prof., CEng, CMarEng, FIMarEST

Rector of the Post Graduate Institute of Specialists in Maritime and Inland Water Transport


Dear colleagues!

Participations in the 13th International Conference on Engine Room Simulators (ICERS13) on 20-21st of September, 2017 is a great opportunityfor maritime community to meet and exchange the opinions on actual problems of qualified maritime fleet specialists' training.

ICERS13 allows us to join effort towards the establishment of civilized market of maritime education, to point out perspective directions in practical training of seafarers and to install new business contacts.

On behalf of the Post Graduate Institute of Specialists in Maritime and Inland Water Transport I would like to express my gratitude to National University "Odessa Maritime Academy" for the conference organization.

I wish all the participants new fruitful ideas, productive work and a good pastime during the conference.