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STAR Center

2 West Dixie Highway
FL 33004 Dania Beach


STAR Center is a not-for-profit (501 (c) (3)) division of the Safety & Education Plan of American Maritime Officers (AMO), the largest maritime labor organization for licensed merchant mariners in the USA. A multi-employer benefit Taft-Hartley trust comprising deck and engine officers serving in the deep sea, Great Lakes and Inland Waters. The primary mission of STAR Center is to train the men and women of AMO, insuring that they are ready in all respects to meet the requirements of the contracted companies and to assist in raise-of-grade and certain professional development training of the active participants of the trust. The school is also the top choice of inland and ocean going professional mariners throughout the world, who are trained at the school on a space available basis as allowed by the Plan rules.

Opening in 1983 in Toledo, Ohio, we expanded to our current location in Dania Beach, Florida (just south of Fort Lauderdale) in 1986. After extensive facility improvements, we opened for business in 1993 with one of the world's first 360 degree field of view Full Mission bridge simulators. A second full mission bridge simulator featuring a 270 degree field of view, as well as full mission engine room and liquid cargo simulators, were also installed. Together, they offer the most technologically complex maritime simulation training available anywhere in the world. The full list of simulators is shown below:

A 360° Full Mission bridge
A 270° Full Mission bridge
Dynamic Positioning simulators, Nautical Institute approved.
A full mission engine room simulator
The world's first Full Mission Diesel Electric simulator
Kongsberg "Neptune" Liquid Cargo simulator
MPRI (L3) LNG Simulator
Radar/ARPA simulators
Transas ECDIS simulation featuring Transas Navi-Sailor 4000 software.
GMDSS simulation featuring Poseidon software


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