1953 - Probably Sogreah's first ship (at Laboratoire Dauphinois d'Hydraulique) : the Sovac Comet, a 30 000 t tanker.
1954 - The Esso France, a 47 000 t tanker with, for the first time, a crew on board (to perform measurements).
1958 - The Pembrokeshire, then prosaically named PR 1116, a 70 000 t tanker at scale 1/40, later changed into
1960 - The Pembroke in the Suez Canal study: with 3 observers scrutinizing ...
1965 - The Pembroke is now named "Kiel" for the bank erosion study in the Kiel Canal. The model is self-propelled, but guided by cables.
1966 - The Pembroke once more, here being used for "psychological tests" aiming at convincing Esso to launch the Port Revel operation.
3rd October 1966 - Further psychological tests, now on the Lake of Revel. In front of JP. Gamot (former CEO of Sogreah) the Brunsbüttel, which served in the Kiel Canal study in 1965.
The Pembroke convinces ...
December 1966 - The lake is partly emptied and works begin in the "Terres Froides" (Cold Lands)...
Works begin in the Terres froides
February 1967 - The Brittany model is well under construction: lots of manpower ...
March 1967 - Brittany's hull is ready...
a bulbous rubber bow...
9th March 1967 - In the meantime, the contract is signed with Esso.
May 1967 - The Brittany arrives at Port Revel.
First manoeuvres in the Suez Canal.
The lake is ready
The Berlin testing the canal
On 3rd July 1967 the centre is opened.
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.
During the 80s, the ratio of 9 captains to 1 pilot was reversed.
In the 90s, the first refresher courses were organized for pilots, who returned every 5 years. These courses are less directive and leave more room for customisation, which is a way of optimising port operations to increase port accessibility.
During the current decade, we have seen a change in our relations with pilots. We are now moving towards a closer partnership in which pilots use our installations at their convenience. Courses and equipment are specially designed in close collaboration with the pilots.