Le Havre pilot station to get major simulator upgrade

Written by Nick Blenkey
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The new Wärtsilä simulator with a 350° panoramic display will provide realistic training for pilots at the Le Havre pilot station. [Copyright: Wärtsilä]

One of Europe’s longest established pilotage operations, the Le Havre pilot station in France with roots going back to the 16th century, is to get a cutting-edge 21st century navigational simulator.

The Le Havre pilots have placed an order that will see Wärtsilä supply the station with an upgrade that will create a totally new simulator specifically adapted to the requirements of their operations. It will use a new, unique visualization system based on 14 digital projectors, comprising seven main circular and seven ground projection systems. It features a panoramic 350° display.

The station’s existing Wärtsilä simulator was installed in 2004, and the new upgrade was required to address current and anticipated requirements.

“We have worked with Wärtsilä for a number of years already, and we are familiar with their experience and expertise in simulation technology,” says Pavel Pereira, President of the pilot station. “The new system will be of great benefit to us in training the pilots, and will complement the practical training they acquire at sea.”

“Le Havre is a busy port and safety is a prime consideration. For this reason we have been contracted to deliver a totally new, state-of-the-art navigational simulator that will enhance and ease pilot operations,” says Eric Letrou, Area Sales Manager, Wärtsilä Voyage.

The simulator enables users to study the reaction of a vessel in operational situations. It assists trainees in perfecting maneuvers under challenging sea and weather conditions, and in emergency situations, taking into account currents and winds as well as pitch and bank effects. In addition, it will enable the validation of future port planning.

Wärtsilä’s navigational simulators are in full compliance with international standards and regulations.

Currently, 47 pilots operate from the station, 24 hours a day, all year round, and in practically all weather conditions. The station serves the port of Le Havre, the Antifer oil terminal, and the port of Fécamp.

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