Do not hesitate to contact us to come over to Port Revel for a visit or for a course.
Training on the scale models provides experience that could never be gained on real ships for the simple reason that neither ship-owners nor local authorities would allow such risks to be taken.
Scale models allow the shiphandler to make mistakes.
Scale models allow experimentation on ship behaviour to explore unknown fields beyond the limits of safety.
Periodic training on scale models will maintain your shiphandling skills at the highest level and periodic evaluations will show it.
In order to make our Training Centre more attractive to experienced pilots and masters, we have decided to introduce this new pod course in 2006 for those who wish to discover podded propulsion and associated mechanical failures. This resulted in a very interesting combined course with pods, tugs and with emergency manoeuvring on various ships.
Trials have been carried out at Port Revel in 2010 within the European AZIPILOT project:
Some resulting ship tracks are available here.
For further reading see Pizon's report "Training in the handling of pod-propelled ships".