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History - the Sovac Comet - Port revel

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).

History - Pembrokeshire - Port revel Center

1958 - The Pembrokeshire, then prosaically named PR 1116, a 70 000 t tanker at scale 1/40, later changed into

History - Pembroke in the Suez Canal study - Port Revel

1960 - The Pembroke in the Suez Canal study: with 3 observers scrutinizing ...

History - Kiel - Port revel Center

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.

History - Port revel Center psychological tests

1966 - The Pembroke once more, here being used for "psychological tests" aiming at convincing Esso to launch the Port Revel operation.

History - Port revel Center psychological tests 2

Psychological tests

History - Brunsbüttel -Port revel Center

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.

History - Pembroke convinces - Port revel Center

The Pembroke convinces ...

History -Terres Froides empited Port revel Center

December 1966 - The lake is partly emptied and works begin in the "Terres Froides" (Cold Lands)...

Terres Froides lac empited - port revel history

Works begin in the Terres froides

History - Brittany model 2 -Port revel Center

February 1967 - The Brittany model is well under construction: lots of manpower ...

History - Brittany model 3 -Port revel Center

March 1967 - Brittany's hull is ready...

History - Brittany’s hull - Port revel Center

a bulbous rubber bow...

History - contract signed with Esso - Port revel Center 2

9th March 1967 - In the meantime, the contract is signed with Esso.

History - The Brittany arrives at Port Revel

May 1967 - The Brittany arrives at Port Revel.

History - First manoeuvres in the Suez Canal - Port Revel

First manoeuvres in the Suez Canal.

History - The lake is ready - Port revel Center

The lake is ready

History - First manoeuvres in the Suez Canal 2 - Port Revel

The Berlin testing the canal

History - The lake is ready - Port revel Center

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.