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Sensors to shift training focus to ‘green’ ops

French shiphandling school Port Revel has equipped two of its eleven model ships with sensors for measuring total energy consumption during a given shiphandling operation, as part of a ‘Green Shiphandling’ initiative.

Trainees at the facility are being challenged to carry out operations with a target level of fuel consumption (and consequent emissions) that is set by the Centre’s instructors.

The model ships include the Otello, a model of a 335m, 8,500 TEU container carrier, and the Q-Max, a reproduction of a 345m LNG carrier with a capacity of 266,000m3.

The ships are precisely reproduced to a 1:25 scale and are equipped with indicators giving rudder angle, engine speed, ship speed and heading, wind speed and direction, and other parameters.

Most of the ships are equipped with bow and stern thrusters and operational anchors, to behave like real ships as far as is possible.

The tugs are controlled by the pilot via a remote-control system.

Since Port Revel first opened more than 40 years ago, a large number of American, Canadian and European pilots have passed through its facilities, with more than 6,000 pilots and captains having trained there since 1967.

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