News: Bridge Command 5.0 beta 4 has been released for testing: Please see the Download page.

Bridge Command is a free interactive ship simulator programme. Its aim is to be a training tool for navigation, radar, ship handling, and other seamanship skills. Bridge Command released under the General Public Licence v2, and is available for commercial and non-commercial use.

Bridge Command

Bridge Command is very highly flexible, with the environmental model, ships, buoys, individual scenarios and almost all aspects of the simulation being configurable to your own needs. Bridge Command can be run on a single computer, with no additional devices needed. It can also be run with physical controls, and has an interface where a trainer can control scenarios in order to carry out training exercises, from a second computer. It can display on a single screen, or can display a full panoramic view across multiple screens using multiple computers. The radar picture is simulated in real-time, and includes standard marine radar controls such as gain and clutter, as well as features such as parallel indexes for blind pilotage and ARPA contact tracking.

Night and Fog

At night and in the fog


Multi-screen simulation with full screen radar

Multi screen

Multiple screens for a panoramic view and full screen radar


Bridge Command can be downloaded from the download page. Bridge Command is distributed under the terms of the General Public Licence, version 2. Bridge Command is distributed with ship models, which their authors have kindly permitted to be used with Bridge Command. These may not be used for other purposes without the prior permission of their respective authors, and are not distributed under the General Public Licence.

Development details

Bridge Command is written using the Blitz3D language with IDEal, and the source code is included with the installation. Blitz3D is now available free and with an open source licence - please see the Blitz forum for details.

It is currently being re-written to work on Windows, Mac and Linux, using the Irrlicht 3d engine in C++. Please see the Development News section.

Bridge Command is under continual development, and feedback from users is very important in ensuring that Bridge Command develops to be the most powerful and usable possible. Feedback and feature suggestions are warmly encouraged, either through the forum or the contact page.

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