Port Revel Centre
Human error is still the most common cause of accidents. Our Port Revel Shiphandling Training Centre helps captains and pilots to familiarise themselves with the new characteristics of ships and receive training in how to handle them in restricted waters with the utmost efficiency and safety.
The Port Revel Centre is situated on a 5 ha lake 70km from Grenoble. It was originally conceived by Sogreah in the 1960s as a means of studying bank erosion in the Suez Canal caused by oil tankers and other mooring and navigation problems, but was gradually transformed into a school providing training in shiphandling on scale models. Each year, 150-200 maritime pilots and captains receive training there.
Trainees embark on 1:25 scale models, giving them a unique sense of what it feels like to handle a ship.
This type of training is particularly appreciated by professionals as it perfectly complements their experience on electronic simulators.
The team of instructors consists of experienced maritime pilots. A very wide range of situations can be simulated on the lake, which is fitted with wave, current and wind generators and has a fleet of various types of ship and tug.
Major investment between 2008 and 2013 enabled the lake’s area to be increased by 40% and three new model ships (container ship, new-generation LNG carrier and cruise ship) to be launched, while additional courses have been introduced.
Recognised as the world’s leading training centre by the profession, Port Revel is also a place where pilots from all over the world meet one another to exchange their expertise.
Port Revel’s experience is also an invaluable asset for Artelia’s Maritime team in providing expertise in the design of ports.