The lake is fitted with wave, wind and current generators and complex port approach configurations. Port Revel's lake has been designed in accordance with rigorous quality standards.
A lake area of about 5 ha is available, allowing 5 ships to sail freely without mutual or outside interference.
The courses are given by extremely experienced instructors, all of whom are former maritime pilots
The lake is fitted with wave, wind and current generators and complex port approach configurations.
5 ha lake fully equiped for manned model training and remodeled in order to reproduce real sailing conditions.
All instructors at Port Revel are maritime experienced and fully trained pilots
Director, assistant and technicians are the crew members of Port Revel
Port Revel is a permanent forum of ideas, an ideal meeting place where information and experience can be exchanged, or as a pilot once pointed out:
"In regular life, a practising pilot is always alone. He has no-one around to comment on or discuss a particular manoeuvre. The only times when a manoeuvre is analysed and commented is after an accident, when there is an inquiry. And that always takes place in a mood of tension. What I appreciate at Port Revel is that pilots observe your work in a calm, dispassionate and therefore constructive climate."
HOW DID SHIP HANDLERS SAID
"I would be prepared to use fewer tugs under some conditions as a result of the training and understanding gained Port Revel." "It is a great help to train to anticipate manoeuvring in real life. All elements are available in Port Revel: wind, waves, currents, shallow waters. You learn to cope with the limits of vessels and situations because you can try them out and evaluate the result without fearing real damage." Captain Patrick Vangelder, CVBA BRABO, Belgium (June 2010)
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HISTORY OF THE CENTER
1953 - Probably Sogreah's first ship (at Laboratoire Dauphinois d'Hydraulique): the Sovac Comet, a 30 000 t tanker. After three years spent with Esso captains at the end of the 1960's, the Center was taken over by Sogreah in 1970. During the 1970s, most students were captains, while the first pilots came to discover the center.