What is MuVIT?

MuVIT™ stands for Multi Vessel Interactive Trainer.  The MuVIT system was configured by the Tampa Power Squadron for utilization in current courses and future educational programs.

How many vessels does it have and what type?

MuVIT’s software has 24 vessel configurations ranging from a jetski up to a supertanker.  We use the smaller vessels for class but include the commercial traffic in classroom simulations to allow the students to learn how to interact with barges, tows, etc.

Does it have predefined scenarios?

Yes, MuVIT’s software has 70 predefined scenarios varying from water taxi operations to a rescue at sea. Each scenario, or mission as they are called, is defined with unique vessels and environment. The environment varies from sunny calm days to stormy nights with rain, fog, lightning and waves up to 4 meter high.

Can I program my own scenarios?

Yes, the MuVIT’s software comes with a mission editor to allow the creation and editing of custom scenarios.  The created scenarios can be as simple or complex as the user chooses.

Can custom scenarios be shared?

Yes, they are just files which can be copied like any other. This site will host a repository of custom scenarios as they are generated.

How many locales does it have?

Besides New York Harbor, which includes Lady Liberty, MuVIT’s software features 14 actual locations. These locales are mostly European, but San Francisco Bay (featuring Alcatraz) is also available.  The land and ATONS displayed correspond closely with current NOAA charts.

Where can I buy a MuVIT system?

The Tampa Squadron’s MuVIT system was assembled using commercial, off-the-shelf components.  The original MuVIT is not for sale, but other squadrons and interested parties can easily assemble their own. A bill of materials, instructions and recommended parts suppliers are provided on this website

How much does it cost to build a MuVIT system?

The Tampa Squadron spent approximately $500 for the original MuVIT configuration by using their existing laptop, but purchasing a 40” monitor.  If built from scratch we estimate the price could range from $700 to $1600 depending on the choices you make.

Is there a bill of materials available?

The MuVIT system’s costed bill of materials is  be available here.. What steering wheel, throttle, etc. should I buy? The bill of materials was designed to provide users with component choices for every budget. We do have a few recommendations about the hardware based on our experience. What are the system requirements for MuVIT? Operating system: Windows XP, and Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10 are confirmed to work Processor: Pentium 4 2.4GHz or AMD equivalent Memory: 1GB (Windows 2000/XP) or 2GB (Vista) Video: NVIDIA GeForce 5900 or ATI Radeon X900 or better Hard disc space: 860 MB Input controllers: Mouse with scroll wheel (Joystick, Joypad or Steering wheel are optional) Any laptop or PC built since 2010 will likely far exceed the requirements. If you are unsure that your computer can meet these requirements we suggest you download the demo program from shipsim to confirm it will function as intended.
MuVIT system
Photo by Steve Erickson, National photographer