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Samundra Institute of Maritime Studies

Samumdra Institute of Maritime Studies
Established 1st August, 2005
Type Private
Principal Mr. S.Viswanathan
Academic staff 150+
Undergraduates 200+
Postgraduates 200+

IndiaLonavala, India
India Mumbai
, India
18°45′53″N 73°30′20″E / 18.764847°N 73.505573°E / 18.764847; 73.505573Coordinates: 18°45′53″N 73°30′20″E / 18.764847°N 73.505573°E / 18.764847; 73.505573

Campus IndiaMaharashtra
Colours White     
Sports Cricket, Football, Tennis, Swimming, Basketball, Volleyball, Table Tennis, Badminton, Boating
Nickname SIMS
Affiliations Indian Maritime University,
Directorate General of Shipping,
Executive Ship Private Limited.
Website Official Website

The Samundra Institute of Maritime Studies (Hindi: समुन्द्र इंस्टिट्यूट ऑफ़ मेरीटाइम स्टडिज़) is one of India's advanced centres of marine engineering (marine propulsion) and navigation.

In addition to research, the institution offers extensive education and training in pre-sea and post-sea training for candidates ranging from cadets, on up through masters of great ships. The institute is recognised by the D.G Shipping, Government of India and affiliated to Indian Maritime University. The institute is sponsored by the Executive Ship Management Private Limited, Singapore. Spread over fifty acres (28 hectares) of land along the Indrayani River, on National Highway No.4 near Pune, India, the institute includes residential facilities for 400 candidates, an auditorium, a catering centre, an administration building, a "ship-in-campus", a Maritime science centre and a nautical & engineering workshop and swimming pool. The Institute boasts of LPG Simulator, one of its kind in the world, with hardware and software integrated together. Samundra Institute of Maritime Studies is the only Maritme Training Institute in India to have a free fall life boat training facility.[1]


The institute has been operational since 1st Aug, 2005 with its pioneer batch comprising 40 deck cadets selected on merit and the first batch of Graduate Marine Engineering Scheme training started from October 2005. The curriculum for the cadet training, provides the candidate with the essential theoretical and practical training so as to prepare them to endure and excel in the life faced at sea.

Having instituted a Post Sea Training Facility, SIMS embarked on another training project in starting a Pre Sea Training Facility for deck and engine cadets. Located at Lonavala, Maharashtra, this campus complements the present post sea training offered in Govandi, Mumbai.

Sustainable energy

The campus is notable for its employment of solar photovoltaic panels, one on a ninety meter (293') long solar wall, is the longest in the world. Water is heated through the employment of solar heating panels. The campus plan is devised to re-generate the subterranean aquifer system. A water collection pool, near the river, acts as a holding pool, recharging and sustaining the micro-environment and bio-diversity of the campus. A system of canals and water management devices, temper the flow and retention of water in this drought prone area.[2]

Contemporary architecture

The campus has been designed by the award winning architect Christopher Charles Benninger[3] who has also designed the Mahindra United World College of India, the Center for Development Studies and Activities and the new campus for the Indian Institute of Management at Calcutta. The buildings have set a new trend in Indian modern architecture.[4]


Training facilities

The institute is spread out over a floor area in excess of 20,000 sq feet, SIMS provides hands-on training on simulators and various equipment as well as a training courses to ESM’s officers and ratings. The simulators include the only 240º field of view bridge simulator presently in India, an engine room simulator and a liquid cargo handling simulator – all loaded with programme modules based on present vessels under ESM’s management.[9]

Some of the key facilities include:
  • Simulators
  1. 240º Field of View Full Mission Bridge Simulator.
  2. Engine Room Full Mission Simulator.
  3. Liquid Cargo Handling Simulator (LCHS) for oil, gas and chemical cargoes.
  4. Electronic Chart Display Information System (ECDIS) simulator.
  5. Inert Gas Plant.
  • Equipment
  1. Fully fitted-out Cargo Tank Replica with Framo pump.
  2. Automation Control Engineering Laboratory
  3. Hydraulic Trainer Equipment.
  4. Pneumatic Trainer Equipment.
  5. Miura Boiler Combustion equipment and controls.
  6. Terasaki Group Starter Panel.
  7. Main Engine Manoeuvring System.
  • Other Fittings
  1. Basic electronic trainers
  2. Tanker fittings such as PV valves, tank cleaning machine
  3. Safety equipment such as BA sets, fireman's suit, BA compressor etc.
  • Other Facilities
  1. Conference Hall
  2. Library
  3. Auditorium
  4. Briefing room
  5. Classrooms
  6. Student hostel with rooms
  7. Catering center
  8. Swimming pool, sports and recreational facilities


Samundra Institute of Maritime Studies has won the following awards for its architecture:[10]

  • J.K. Cement-Architect of the Year Awards 2009, Best Educational Institute Award
  • Indian Institute Architects Award 2008, Excellence in Architecture for Best Public Building
  • Institute of Steel Development & Growth (INSDAG) 2009, Runner’s up for Best Steel Structure in India
  • ArchiDesign Awards 2009, Architect of the Year Award
  • World Architecture Festival Award 2009, Barcelona, Category: Education – Finalist

Pre sea courses at SIMS Lonavla

SN Course Name Duration
01. DNS leading to BSc. Nautical Science (Deck Officer Training) 1 year
02. GME (Engine Officer Training) 1 year
03. B.Tech Marine Engineering (Engine Officer Training) 4 years

Post sea mandatory courses at SIMS Mumbai

SN Course Name Duration
01. Chemical Tanker Familiarisation 5 days
02. Specialised Training Program on Chemical Tanker Operations 12 days
03. Oil Tanker Familiarisation 5 days
04. Specialised Training Program on Oil Tanker Operations 2 weeks
05. Liquefied Gas Tanker Familiarisation 5 days
06. Specialised Training Program on Gas Tanker Operations 2 weeks
07. Liquid Cargo Handling Simulator – Management Level 5 days
08. Liquid Cargo Handling Simulator – Operational Level 3 days
09. Engine Simulator - Management Level 5 days
10. Engine Simulator - Operational Level 3 days
11. Ship Manoeuvring Simulator 5 days


External links

  • Samundra Institute of Maritime Studies
  • Executive Ship Management PTE LTD
  • Samundra Institute - Alumni
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