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.
This course was initially introduced for podded ship masters and pilots.
The course is focussed on use of pods
and includes exercices like:
Trials have been carried out with a podded ship model 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".
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).