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Pilote, capitaine et instructeur de navire sur le lac de Port Revel


"Innovation is above all a matter of vision. From the early 1960s, our Esso customers were convinced that in the field of maritime transport safety would become a major issue. For their part, Sogreah engineers, now Artelia, had the intuition to offer models with embedded drivers instead of smaller and more economical remote models. Port Revel was born from this meeting between the need of our client and the ingenuity always awake of our teams."

Jacques GAILLARD - Co-President of Artelia    


History - the Sovac Comet - Port revel

 Probably Sogreah's first ship (at Laboratoire Dauphinois d'Hydraulique) : the Sovac Comet, a 30 000 t tanker.


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

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

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


History - Kiel - Port revel Center

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

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

3rd October 1966

History - Brunsbüttel -Port revel Center

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 ...

December 1966

History -Terres Froides empited Port revel Center

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

February 1967

History - Brittany model 2 -Port revel Center

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

March 1967

History - Brittany model 3 -Port revel Center

Brittany's hull is ready...


History - Brittany’s hull - Port revel Center

a bulbous rubber bow...

9th March 1967

History - contract signed with Esso - Port revel Center 2

In the meantime, the contract is signed with Esso.


History - The lake is ready - Port revel Center

The lake is ready

May 1967

History - The Brittany arrives at Port Revel The Brittany arrives at Port Revel.


History - First manoeuvres in the Suez Canal - Port Revel

First manoeuvres in the Suez Canal.


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

The Berlin testing the canal

3rd July 1967

History - The lake is ready - Port revel Center

The centre is opened.

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.