• Basic training for apprentices
  • Further training and knowledge maintenance for pilots
  • Pilot acquaintance with new vessels and new propulsion types (on or two propellers, pods, aquamaster)
  • Extension of port areas and optimum position of new wharves and jetties
  • Assessment of tug needs and their optimum use
  • Learning and knowledge exchange
  • Management of bridge resources
  • Developing and testing the procedures
  • Re-simulation of quasi accidents, reconstruction of nautical incidents
  • complex ship-handling manoeuvres and emergency procedures

Training sessions

1. Instructor preparation

According to the trainee level, the instructor proceeds as follows :

  • Choice of the intervention area
  • Creation of the situation
  • defining the date and time of the exercise. The corresponding conditions are then loaded from the database (tide, current field, position of the sun)

    Defining the weather conditions: wind, visibility, fog, rain, snow, swell...

    Setting up of the scene: choice of available means, of the manoeuvring ship, and of environmental parameters.

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  • Loading of the exercise in the simulator
  • Explanation of the exercise and its objectives to the trainee

2. Exercise performance

  • The trainee then goes to the bridge with his information sheet
  • The instructor controls all the external parameters (tug orders, modification of weather or hydrological conditions, ship docking) and observes the trainee reactions. He can create breakdowns and environmental modifications provided that it is still realistic.

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3. Analyse

  • After the exercise, it is possible to view the entire scene in the instructor room, which facilitates the assessment of positive aspects and improvement prospects.
  • After analysing the scene and highlighting the defects to be corrected, it is possible to restart the exercise in the same conditions in order to validate the theoretical options.


The SPSA wanted to get equipped with softwares that can support the development or the creation of new berths, so that each partner station will be able to propose engineering services to their port collaborators (contribution to the analyse  process before acquiring new vessels or marine facilities...)