New podded cruise ship at Port Revel
published on 24 October 2019 - 153
A new 1:25 cruise ship manned model, the "Voyager", was added to our fleet in 2014. She is 311 m long and is fitted with 2 azimuthing pods (and one Fixipod) and powerful bow thrusters. Training is conducted in emergency conditions like engine failures, crash stops, tight turns ...
Video Presentation of manned ship models at Port Revel Shiphandling Training Centre
Port Revel is used for shiphandling training of maritime pilots, masters and officers on a 5 ha lake with 11 manned model ships representing 20 vessels, and 4 tugs at scale 1:25 and DGPS tracking system. Instructors are former maritime pilots.
Training on the scale models provides experience that could never be gained on real ships for the simple reason that neither ship-owners nor local authorities would allow such risks to be taken. Scale models allow the shiphandler to make mistakes. Scale models allow experimentation on ship behaviour to explore unknown fields beyond the limits of safety.
Periodic training on scale models will maintain your shiphandling skills at the highest level and periodic evaluations will show it.
Video Very descriptive: Piston Effect when entering lock.
Found on YouTube. Created by "Port Revel". From 2011...
Two new locks were introduced in 2009 for training in the new Panama lock conditions with or without tug(s). This video shows the famous "piston effect" when entering the lock at an impressive speed of 10 knots with a high blockage factor.
Port Revel provides shiphandling training using manned models for maritime pilots, masters and officers: http://www.portrevel.com
Opinion Scientific Fact: The ‘traditional’ understanding of the ship’s pivot point is wrong!
by Tim Cummins, Harbour Pilot, Portsmouth International Port - published on 9 July 2020
Opinion A Corrected Version on Positioning of Pivot Point
by Capt. Santosha K Naya - published on 18 November 2020
Understanding the fundamentals of the pivot point is highly required for understanding the alteration of the courses. Pivot point is an imaginary point on the vessel which turns on a circular path on the perimeter of vessel’s turning circle when the vessel makes a turn. The knowledge about the position of the pivot point in a manoeuvring situation provides the ship handler with the information on the geometry of motion of the ship.
Video Two Way Traffic (The Texas Chicken). Explained by Capt. Lou Vest
Found on YouTube. Created by "Houston Maritime Education Center and Museum".
With ships as large as 175 feet wide and a channel a maximum of 500 feet wide, how to you safely pass? Former Houston ship channel pilot, Lou Vest, explains how ships fight against hydrodynamics to pass with such narrow margins.
Article GPS (Part 3) - Accidental interferences and intended Interferences by extern technical sytems
by Capt. Gunter Schütze, Thailand/Germany - published on 6 May 2020
Video Knud Benedict Presentation on “Digital Twins” at IMLA SMU Seminar
Found on YouTube. Created by "ISSIMS GmbH & Institute: Innovative Simulation".
This is the recording of the presentation with the title:
“Digital Twins" as Key Maritime Technology Innovations for MET - and for Operation of Intelligent Ships
It was held at the MET Training Course by Shanghai Maritime University on Oct 27 2020 on the occasion of IMLA 40th anniversary
Article Qastor 3 is now available - win a one year licence!
published on 18 October 2020
QPS is pleased to announce that Qastor 3 is now available on iOS and Windows.
This brand new version of Qastor is a multi functional navigation platform, which has been developed, designed and tested in cooperation with world-class pilots. Explore straightforward navigation software with optimal docking and piloting capabilities.