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

Ship handling training on manned models

Ship handling training on manned models

Normandie in Car Carrier

Normandie in Car Carrier

Spirit of Port Revel - ULCS

Spirit of Port Revel - ULCS

Tankers : Brittany and Gilda transit

Tankers : Brittany and Gilda transit

5 tugs to work in different ways

5 tugs to work in different ways

Ben Franklin in the Suez canal

Ben Franklin in the Suez canal

On a French lake, mariners learn how not to get stuck in Suez canal

Publié le 26/04/2021

This stretch of water was built to train ship captains and maritime pilots how to navigate the Suez Canal -- a skill now in the spotlight after the Ever Given cargo ship got wedged in the Egyptian waterway last month in high winds and a sandstorm.

The channel is built to one twenty-fifth the scale of a section of the real Suez Canal. Trainees have to steer through scale models of massive container ships without getting stuck.

"It's a bit hard to recreate sandstorms," said Mayor, the managing director of the Port Revel training facility, built around a lake in eastern France. "But we have gusts of wind which will push our ship to one side or another."

During training on the mini-Suez canal, instructors simulate steering problems and engine outages to see how the trainees react.

"You have little space to manoeuvre. You have to be particularly focussed," said Mayor.

Located in the foothills of the Alps, The Port Revel facility is designed to replicate some of the trickiest spots in global shipping.

There is also a mini-San Francisco Bay, and an imitation Port Arthur, Texas, for lessons on docking and manoeuvring cruise ships and tankers in crowded ports. Under-water turbines replicate currents and waves.

"You have little space to manoeuvre. You have to be particularly focussed," said Mayor.

Located in the foothills of the Alps, The Port Revel facility is designed to replicate some of the trickiest spots in global shipping. 

There is also a mini-San Francisco Bay, and an imitation Port Arthur, Texas, for lessons on docking and manoeuvring cruise ships and tankers in crowded ports. Under-water turbines replicate currents and waves.

 

Source : Reuters

 

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