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Come and try by yourself!

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.

Pod Shiphandling Course (2.5 days)

 This course was initially introduced for podded ship masters and pilots.



The course is focussed on use of pods
and includes exercices like:

  • Following an alignment ahead and astern,
  • Entering and backing into a slip,
  • Passing through a lock with bow thruster and one pod failing,
  • Use of anchors with one pod failing,
  • Crash stop with and without use of anchors. 

Trials have been carried out with a podded ship model at Port Revel in 2010 within the European AZIPILOT project:

  • turning circles at 10 knots,
  • emergency stops at 13.5 knots.

Some resulting ship tracks are available here.

For further reading see Pizon's report "Training in the handling of pod-propelled ships".


A new podded cruise ship was introduced in 2014:

she has 311 m Loa, 38.6 m width,

2 azimuthing 14 MW pods (+ 1 Fixipod)

and 12 MW bow thrusters.



See also Françoise Massard's latest report "Une nouvelle maquette à Port Revel: le paquebot VOYAGER" (2014).

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