The Lower St. Lawrence Pilots Are Officially Opening Canada’s State-of-the-Art Navigation Simulation Center


QUEBEC, Aug. 30 /CNW Telbec/ – The president of the Corporation of the Lower St. Lawrence Pilots, Captain Simon Pelletier, took great pride today in opening the first Navigation Simulation Center at the Port of Québec. A tool at the forefront of technology, the simulator will offer users unrivalled conditions for training and improving skills in the maritime sector in Canada.

The acquisition of this simulator will enable the Corporation of the Lower St. Lawrence Pilots to position itself not only as a leader in terms of training and improving skills, but also as the originator of a state-of-the- art center of expertise in North America in terms of navigational safety. “We are looking forward to welcome to this exceptional training center maritime professionals from across the industry” stresses Captain Simon Pelletier.

In accordance with the requirements of the STCW 95 Convention of the International Maritime Organization and approved by Det Norske Veritas (DNV), the Class A simulator, Polaris, has been designed to meet the needs of training, practicing, updating and maintaining skills in subjects related to navigation, piloting, anticollision, instrumentation, maneuvering with adaptation in confined waters as well as emergency situations.

Exercises provide a highly realistic reproduction of the sound and visual environment, tidal effect and climatic factors that can occur during transit, including the effects of wind, current, heeling, shoals, loss of visibility linked to fog or rain and many other situations. Some of the simulator’s features include a visual presentation 330 degrees horizontally and 25 degrees vertically, a very wide choice of carrier ships and target ships, covering a range that is representative of the ships that sail the St. Lawrence River along with twelve complete databases making it possible to simulate nighttime and daytime maneuvers in Canada, the Unites States and Europe, and to reproduce the conditions thereof in great detail as well as recording sessions for analysis and feedback purposes.

The Corporation of the Lower St. Lawrence Pilots has been in existence since 1860 and has always extolled the virtues of training and updating the knowledge of pilots in order to ensure safe navigation in all sailing areas. Accordingly, the Corporation continues to run its own training and practice program for individuals who want to become pilots. It also represents its members with governments, companies and anyone involved in the maritime sector.

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