About Us

Farstad Shipping Offshore Simulation Centre (FSOSC)

A world class simulator based training facility for the Australian oil and gas sector

The Farstad Shipping Offshore Simulation Centre is the first offshore specific simulation centre in Australia and the largest integrated centre of its kind in the world. Featuring the latest in simulator technology and embracing the contemporary teaching methods, we will strive to be the leader in training and skills development of offshore personnel and crews.

Being a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) and The Nautical Institute accredited, we strive for quality training outcomes. Our focus is squarely on providing learner-focused, offshore specific and industry recognised training.

Having been there, we understand the challenges and demands of work in the offshore oil and gas sector. We will use this wealth of experience to spread this knowledge, to enable our customers to become safer and more efficient in this demanding and rewarding profession.

RTO Registration No. 52595 | The Nautical Institute Accreditation No. 1023


General Manager – Mark Gooderham

I have been involved in the maritime industry since the late seventies when I started at sea as a deck cadet, and have been involved in maritime education and training for the last 14 years as lecturer, curriculum leader, curriculum manager and simulator manager.

I have been involved in simulation teaching and consultancy over the same period of time and believe that the use of simulators is a great way to facilitate the training and development of seafarers.
I am committed to ensuring that all of our customers experience a quality experience at the centre and get the best possible outcome.


Dynamic Positioning Instructor – Andy Rogers

altI have been at sea for over twenty years, spending the last 12 of that in the offshore industry. Having worked on Supply vessels, Anchor Handlers, Saturation Dive Vessels, Well Intervention and Drilling rigs as a DPO and Snr DPO, during that time. My DP experience has been gained from Class 1 Supply vessels through to the most complex Class 3, 6thGeneration semi subs.

I bring a wealth of operator knowledge and operational experience to the Simulator. I am fully aware of the demands placed on the modern DPO today. I am extremely keen to share my knowledge and experience of the offshore industry, and help to further develop standards, through training in this world class facility.

Partnerships and Affiliations


SolstadFarstad is currently the leading provider of specialized offshore tonnage to the international oil and gas industry. With approximately 150 vessels with more than 3000 employees operating around the world, SolstadFarstad's strategy is to be a leading quality provider of large, modern offshore service vessels to the oil and gas industry worldwide.


OSC-logoOffshore Simulator Centre AS (Norway)

Offshore Simulator Centre (OSC) develops the technology, and software used in the simulators in Centre. Using their position in the Maritime Cluster in Aalesund, Norway, OSC brings the world’s most advanced simulators for anchor handling and platform supply operations.


Hials_LogoHogskolen I Aalesund (Aalesund University College)

Aalesund Unversity College is a partner in OSC and works closely with them to deliver world-class anchor handling and platform supply training in Norway. We are fortunate enough to have access to these offshore crew training concepts to offer them in Australia.


IDPOA_logoInternational Dynamic Positioning Operators Association

The International Dynamic Positioning Operators Association (IDPOA) is a not-for-profit, professional organization for Dynamic Positioning Operators (DPO's) and related companies worldwide. IDPOA works to provide a voice to professional DPOs around the world. We are a Corporate Partner of IDPOA.



The Nautical Institute

The Nautical Institute (The NI) is a Non-Government Organisation representing seafarers’ and professional mariners’ views at the IMO. The NI is the accrediting body for our Dynamic Positioning facilities for The NI’s DPO Training Scheme.


Viking_SeaTech_LogoViking SeaTech

Viking SeaTech is an international market leader in the provision of mooring solutions for semi-submersible drilling rigs, floating accommodation units and other key assets that have a critical role in the offshore oil and gas industry. Viking SeaTech have kindly donated 2 tonnes of anchor handling and mooring equipment to us to use as training tools.


IMSF2International Marine Simulator Forum

The IMSF is an organization for professionals involved in the advancement of maritime education, training and research through the use of simulation. The IMSF was established in 1978 and now consists of nearly 100 members from countries in all continents. FSOSC is a Member of IMSF.



Veripos aims to be the market leader in precise navigation and positioning solutions, through the innovative application of technology, continuous product development and operational excellence. We are very pleased to have Veripos GNSS training equipment available for course participants in the centre.


kongsberg_logoKongsberg Maritime

Kongsberg Maritime delivers products and systems for dynamic positioning, navigation and automation to merchant vessels and offshore installations. They also supply products and systems for seabed surveying, surveillance, training simulators, and for fishing vessels and fisheries research. FSOSC have an agreement with Kongsberg Maritime for delivery of Kongsberg Maintenance Training at our simulation centre.


CoastDesign-LogoCoastdesign Norway AS

Coastdesign Norway AS is the worldwide expert in delivery, production and support for Autoload for the offshore vessel market. With 20 years’ experience with Autoload and a long relationship with Farstad Shipping, Coastdesign Norway offers a world class product and great support in helping FSOSC provide OSV Stability training in the Asian region.


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