Planetary gear train (PGT) with herringbone gears is one of typical transmission styles used in marine power transmission. How to effectively design a PGT with lighter structures and lower vibration and noise is a fatal task for heavily loaded marine gearing. An analysis system which was developed in the past decades is introduced in this paper to simulate the performance of planetary herringbone gear trains. The effects of main crucial parameters on the static and dynamic characteristics of planetary herringbone gear trains are studied by using the analysis system. The results are discussed and show that the presented system is effective and can be used in design of planetary herringbone gear trains.