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Pods and emergency ship handling course

We  introduce this 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.

The course covers such operations as:

  • Docking and undocking with a current. 
  • Crabbing, with pods and bow thruster.
  • Backing into a slip.
  • Manoeuvring with a single pod (in the event of failure).
  • Emergency stopping. 


A course of this kind can also usefully involve the following: 

  • emergency operations with escort tugs, 
  • operations in the local conditions to which students are accustomed. 


Trials have also been carried out 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

Training in the handling of pop-propelled ships

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