Pod/Emergency Course

Course schedule Pod/Emergency course


Training schedule

For : Requirements : Duration :

Better with experience on manned models.

Good experience as seafarer

5 days (35 hours)

from Monday to Friday
Number inside a group : Trainer : Acces request
2 to 8 Experienced instructor, former pilot Portrevel.com\contact
Access delay : Rates: Disabled people
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

Please contact the center to study the feasibility
Assessement Assessement formal report Absences and dropout
Done during all course by the instructor A formal report for station or crew manager can be made upon request Managing procedure upon request

General goal :

Training on pods, use of escort tugs and emergency maneuvering on various ships.

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):

  • Entering and proceeding through channels, skidding and docking


Gilda (125 000 DWT, 70% loaded):

  • Manoeuvres involving turns onto transits
  • Various dockings


Berlin  (38 000 DWT, loaded)

  • Maneuvers involving turns onto transits, entering channels and dockings


Voyager with pods (1000 ft cruise ship with two 14 MW pods and 12 MW bow thrusters):

  • Manoeuvres involving turns onto transits, entering channels and dockings





Voyager with pods:

  • Transit, slalom, crash stop, following different ranges and docking


Brittany (190 000 DWT, on heavy ballast & tug

  • Using tug in canal and range  to steer and stop in case of black out, rudder failure …
  • Ship under control in narrow area with anchors dredging


Q-Max (266 000 m3 LNG Carrier with twin screw & rudder):

  • Manoeuvres involving turns onto transits, entering channels and dockings


Gilda (125 000 DWT, 70% loaded) with tug:

  • Zigzag manoeuvres with/without tug at stern and engine/rudder failure


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

  • Turn and docking in a narrow area in shallow water ;sharp turn to enter in suez canal





Voyager with pods:

  • Entering & backing into a lock


Antifer (400 000 DWT, on heavy ballast): plus escort tug

  • Emergency on a track


Europe (255 000 DWT, loaded):

  • Docking stemming current, with anchors
  • Turning in river bend


Otello (8500 TEU) with tug:

  • Emergency scenarios in canal
  • Docking with anchors with current abeam 






Voyager with pods (1000 ft cruise ship with two 14 MW pods and 12 MW bow thrusters):

  • Docking dredging an anchor in current at different pier with current abeam at the entrance


Ben Franklin

  • Transit through Suez Canal and Manhattan Channel with different surprise failure during the transit
  • Docking dredging anchor in current


Brittany :

  • Docking with anchors dredging at different berth.
  • Docking at Pier H following tide, fast anchoring, turn in narrow place with 2 anchors



  • Turning with anchors in a confined area and docking
  • Docking with following tide





Voyager with pods:

  • Docking a finger pier


Normandie and Ben Franklin:

  • Meeting in the Suez Canal
  • Emergency meeting



  • 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



  • Entering a slip with abeam current with bow thruster or anchor

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


Educational resources for the instructor

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



Captain David CVITANOVIC, San Francisco Bar Pilots has said in September 2017:
"It was very valuable to do a maneuver on a model that I haven't done in real life, fast anchoring, emergency anchoring. I have done these on simulators but the models are much more realistic."