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Port Revel's model fleet

The Port Revel fleet is at present made up of eleven manned models
and five radio-controlled tractor tugs.












The Port Revel fleet is made up of eleven manned models and five radio-controlled tractor tugs.

Six of the manned models represent at scale real oil tankers or bulk carriers ranging from 38 000 to 400 000 dwt.

The seventh is a replica of the liquid natural gas (LNG) carrier "Ben Franklin" (125 000 m3), as from 2013 with Controllable Pitch Propeller

The eighth is a replica of a 4 400 TEU post-panamax container ship, the "CGM-Normandie".

The ninth ship, introduced in 2009, is a model of the “CMA CGM Otello”, a large 8 500 TEU container ship. The latest ship, introduced in 2010, is a "Q-Max", a large 266 000 m3 LNG carrier.

The latest is a new cruise ship, the "Voyager", that is available since 2014. She is 311 m long (Loa) and will be fitted with 2 azimuthing pods (and one Fixipod) and powerful bow thrusters.

All models but the Normandie, the Voyager and the Otello are fitted with diesel motor and steam turbine, and the Normandie can be controlled from the front deck like a car carrier and a cruise ship, so that the fleet in fact reproduces 20 different vessels.

The Voyager is fitted with two azimuthing "pods" and powerfull bow thrusters in order to reproduce the behaviour of a cruise ship.

The models are fitted out with all the conventional features found on board a real ship:

  • a "bridge", comprising:

               the helm (wheel) and rudder angle indicator,

               the "chadburn" (transmission of orders to engine room) and propeller rpm indicator,

               the compass,

               the electronic log (speed indicator),

               an anemometer,

               bow and stern thruster controls (these thrusters can simulate the action of conventional tugs),

               remote control of anchors;

  • an "engine", replaced on the model by an electric motor supplied by a series of batteries on board, which serve as part of the ship's ballast,

  • a rudder (one model has a Becker rudder, another a Schilling rudder),

  • a bow thruster (most models also have a stern thruster),

  • mooring lines, including anchors and chain,

  • windlasses.


Obviously, the rudder and engine response times are respected.
These are adjustable, as is the "power" of the engine, so as to reproduce the characteristics of turbine or diesel engine propulsion.

The tugs are of four types:





ASD with Z-PELLER drive


Two tugs were purchased in 1999. One of them is fitted with Voith Schneider propulsion and the other with a Z-peller system. One more tug is operational since 2007, it features Voith Schneider's Turbo Fin. Since 2011, we also operate a unique "Carrousel Tug" in coordination with NOVATUG. These models are radio-controlled by a tug captain. They are able to provide a bollard pull of 65 to 120 tons at full scale (in a direct pull mode) which at the present time is well in excess of the bollard pull of existing tugs. Therefore the models were set at lower levels of 50-70 t. With these models the Port Revel centre is in a position to provide an "escort" for the larger tanker or LNG tanker models, and to simulate and study realistically all types of emergency manoeuvres in restricted water conditions in the event of black-outs and/or engine or rudder failures.

For further reading, see F.X. Pizon's report "Extension of Port Revel in 2009",
Françoise Massard's detailed report "Latest news from Port Revel" (2009)
and Françoise Massard's latest report "Une nouvelle maquette à Port Revel: le paquebot VOYAGER" (2014).


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