Pilot/Captain Course


Course schedule pilot/captain course


Training schedule




Without experience on manned models

Good experience as seafarer


5 days (35hours) from Monday to Friday

Number inside a group: 

2 to 8


Experienced instructor, former pilot

Acces request:


Access delay:

From 4 to 24 weeks (duration between order and course)


From 11 100€

Price not including taxi/accomodation/restaurant, taxes and additional means of training

Disabled people:

Please contact the center to study the feasibility


Done during all course by the instructor

Assessement formal report:

A formal report for station or crew manager can be made upon request

Absences and dropout:

Managing procedure upon request 

General goal :

Develop and acquire new skills by better understanding the behavior of the ship in restricted waters.

Teaching method:

Classroom teaching is kept to a strict minimum of about an hour per day and a total of five hours per week. Participants sail on the lake for about three and a half hours in both the morning and the afternoon, making a total of seven hours per day and 35 hours per week.

Educational equipment implemented

Theory in classroom: Paper board, charts, diagram, ship tools…

Practice on the lake: piers, models, PPU, wave machine, current generators, wind maker, Vhf…


Provisional schedule of manoeuvres


Brittany (190 000 DWT, on heavy ballast)

Normandie (4 400 TEU over-panamax container ship)

Berlin (38 000 DWT, loaded)

Gilda (125 000 DWT, 70% loaded, with optional Becker rudder):

  • Manoeuvres involving turns onto transits, entering channels and dockings


Europe (255 000 DWT, loaded) and/or Otello (8 500 TEU container ship):

  • Entering and proceeding through a channel
  • Turning circles in deep and shallow waters
  • Accelerating turns in deep and shallow waters
  • Turning and anchoring on transits
  • Entering into a lock


Otello (8 500 TEU container ship)

  • Proceeding through a curved waterway and docking the container terminal
  • Entering into a lock



  • Efficiency of the bow thruster & propeller depending on Pivot Point position
  • Docking with the bow thruster


Gilda with Becker rudder:

  • Various dockings in narrow areas using Becker rudder


Ben Franklin (125 000 m3 LNG Carrier with Schilling rudder):

  • Various dockings in narrow areas using Schilling rudder





Brittany and/or Q-Max (266 000 m3 twin screw LNG carrier) :

  • Docking and undocking dredging anchor stemming the current
  • Entering and proceeding through channels
  • Skidding into deep water channel



  • Entering and proceeding through channels
  • Conventional multi-buoy sea berth (Tanker Captains)
  • Turn a ship in a narrow river with following current using anchors
  • Docking stemming the current


Gilda and/or Normandie or Ben Franklin or Otello:

  • Transit through Suez Canal and Manhattan Channel
  • Docking dredging anchor in current






Grenoble (43 000 DWT, loaded) and Berlin or Ben Franklin:

  • Transit through Suez Canal and Manhattan Channel, bank effects
  • Various dockings in current


Optional: Voyager with pods (1000 ft cruise ship with two pods):

  • First contact with pods: short track & docking


Q-Max and/or Otello:

  • Entering and proceeding through channels
  • Various dockings


Brittany and/or Otello:

  • Negotiation of a sharp turn in channel showing skidding
  • Drift in swell with & without engine
  • Docking with bow thruster and current astern



  • Turns onto transits, entering channel
  • Docking in shallow and confined waters – Stern first




(Anti clockwise)


  • Transit in a channel with current abeam at slow speed
  • Passage in river bend in shallow waters
  • Approaching a pier with head current and docking stemming current


Gilda or Normandie or Ben Franklin:

  • Entering a slip with abeam current


Berlin and Grenoble:

  • Meeting and overtaking in the Suez Canal
  • Experimenting with motion of pivot point with headway and sternway

Function of the wishes of trainees even during the week it’s possible to change some exercises to discover or to do specific exercises with:

  • the Voyager with pods (1000 ft cruise ship with two 14 MW pods and 12 MW bow thrusters,
  • Q-Max (266 000 m3 LNG Carrier with twin screw & rudder),
  • Cruise Max with twin screw & becker flap rudder
  • and use the PPU during maneuver to help with predicted silhouettes and or with fog.  

Educational resources for the trainee

Name Origin
Ship handling manual Center

End of training administrative documentation

Name Origin
Training certificate Center administrative assistant
Certificate of attendance Center administrative assistant
Training agreement Center administrative assistant

Evolution and continuation of the training course

Name Origin
Advanced course Center
Dedicated Course Center
Customized Course Center

Skills required for animation

Name Origin
Pilot with more than 20 years’ experience Center

Educational resources for the instructor

Name Origin
PWP modules Center
Ship handling manual Center
Photos/videos Internet



Capt. John Cahill TIMMEL, Tampa Bay Pilots, USA (October 2017)
"I think the course will be immediately applicable and fully valid, everything was absolutely impressive and the program was run in a way that leaves no room for participants to focus on learning."