Maritime Simulators for training and engineering projects
and Resource Centre
Maritime Simulation and Resource Centre
equipped with an ultramodern navigation, manoeuvring
and research simulator designed to meet the needs of
pilots and the maritime industry.
2 Photo of ship on cover page: Thierry Richard
A leader in training and development, the Maritime Simulation and Resource Centre
(MSRC) of the Corporation of Lower St. Lawrence Pilots has unique expertise in
navigation safety in North America.
The Centre is open to all maritime stakeholders – whether for professional training
and development or for validating economic development projects. It offers a
stimulating work environment and an atmosphere conducive to acquiring and
We invite you to discover how the Maritime Simulation and Resource Centre can help
you carry out your project!
of the River
Created in 1860 and incorporated in 1960, the Corporation of
Lower St. Lawrence Pilots (CLSLP) has over 70 experienced
pilots, each of whom holds a pilot’s license issued by
The members of the Corporation of Lower St. Lawrence
Pilots are responsible for the transit of vessels through
Laurentian Authority District 2, that is, the section of the
St. Lawrence River between Les Escoumins and the Port of
Quebec, including the Saguenay River.
Its pilotage runs are among the longest and hardest in the
world – 123 miles from Quebec City to Les Escoumins and
172 miles from Quebec City to Saguenay City – passing
through ecosystems known throughout the world for their
I “ It was a great ship
carved from solid gold;
Its masts touched to the skies
In order to meet the development needs of its own pilots and
also the training needs of its apprentice pilots, in 2005, the
Corporation acquired a state-of-the-art navigation simulator,
on uncharted seas; ...”
which is now available to all pilots and stakeholders in the
Émile Nelligan, The Ship of Gold
Know-How Our simulators
The MSRC’s reputation is built on the strategic advantage it has enable participants to:
gained from the experience of its resources, combined with its • Try out a vast range of equipment: thrusters, Azimuthing
Podded Propulsion, fixed-pitch and controllable-pitch
powerful Full Mission Bridge Simulator. propellers, and anchoring and mooring techniques;
For simulations, the MSRC already has several ship models. Each • Interact with other vessels (up to 300 in each exercise);
one is unique and has manoeuvring characteristics very true to • Navigate in conditions affecting ship-handling: currents, winds,
band effects, squat effects, tidal effects, loss of visibility
those of the vessel on which it is based. The Centre can also caused by fog, rain, etc.;
acquire new ship models to reflect the specific characteristics • Perform complex manoeuvres with tugs.
of other projects.
In addition to the geographic areas and waterways it already
has, the MSRC can create new ones. In fact it is one of the few
centres in the world able to offer navigators the possibility of
simulating manoeuvres in the areas familiar to them.
The Kongsberg Polaris Full Mission Bridge Simulator is designed Characteristics
to meet training, development, and skills upgrading and mainte- • Very realistic visual presentation with 330º in the horizontal
nance needs. It interacts with numerous components pertaining plane and 25º in the vertical;
to navigation safety, pilotage, instrumentation, ship-handling in • Extremely complete bridge with regard to both navigation
equipment and instrumentation: ARPA radar, ECDIS, AIS target
confined waters and emergency situations. visualization, etc.;
The main simulator meets the requirements for Class A (NAV)* • Conventional propulsion or Azimuthing Podded Propulsion;
certification under the International Maritime Organization’s • Very wide selection of carrier ships with six axes of freedom;
STCW 95. It also has three desktop own ships with advanced • Taping of sessions for analysis and feedback.
* Class A (NAV) is a full mission simulator capable of simulating a total shipboard
bridge operation situation, including the capability for advanced manoeuvring
in restricted waterways.
Bridges 1 and 2
These two auxiliary bridges are fully instrumented. They are used for individual
training or in interaction with the other bridges, and can be configured to
simulate a conventionally propelled vessel or one with Azimuthing Podded
• Visual presentation with 200º in the horizontal plane and 25º in the vertical;
• Equipped with Pilot Plugs for use with customized ECSs;
• Visualization of AIS targets.
“ It is in what we are worth,
and not in what we own,
wherein our experience lies.”
8 Edward M. Forster, The Longest Journey
This simulation bridge was specially designed to reproduce the physical environ-
ment of a tug. Its set-up, its navigation instruments, its vertical and horizontal
field of view and its towage controls are identical to the ones found in the bridge
of such a vessel. Exercises to practise port and escort operations.
• Visual presentation with 200º in the horizontal plane and 40º in the vertical;
• Can simulate conventionally propelled tugs or vessels with Azimuthing Podded
• The tug models are directly affected by the movement and speed of the
vessel being tugged.
“ I admire you navigators,
You who fearlessly dare,
In your frail vessels,
To pit yourselves against the oceans,
And, without fear and with passion,
You become, like them, giants.”
Excerpt from a poem by Robert Casanova
A Crew that Can Go
The Maritime Simulation and Resource Centre is able to offer high-level training
and actively contribute to the development of maritime projects, thanks to its skilled and
The members of the MSRC team of instructors are experts in simulation technology and
highly experienced trainers. They are backed up by the members of the Corporation
of Lower St. Lawrence Pilots, who all hold command certificates and a wealth of
navigation experience as ship-handling experts and specialized instructors.
The Centre also has geomatics and database development specialists, who are able to
design and reproduce any port and waterway, navigation situation or structure needed
for customized training programs and project validation.
At the Maritime Simulation and Resource Centre, everything has been put in
place to offer an environment conducive to learning.
Flexible training schedules and a wide range of courses mean that apprentice
pilots, pilots and navigation officers enjoy an exceptional professional develop-
T “ The art of being sometimes
very bold and sometimes
very cautious is the art of success.”
ment experience. For customized and group programs, the MSRC has seven
ultramodern simulation labs, as well as classrooms and debriefing rooms.
REST ASSURED THAT NO EFFORT WILL
BE SPARED TO MEET YOUR NEEDS AND
HELP YOU ACHIEVE YOUR TEACHING
Our team has developed several types of basic • Azimuthing Podded Propulsion
training and development. We can also provide • Integrated bridges
• Radar errors
tailor-made programs. Courses available: • Ship-handling (VLCC, LNGC, tugs,
cruise ships, etc.)
• Bridge resource management
• Bridge resource management for pilots
• Emergency manoeuvres
• Customized training in ship-handling (with or without tugs)
• Escort tug manoeuvres for pilots
Using a navigation simulator to determine the feasibility of a port project, being able
geographic areas to create all the actual conditions and components of a project to be built or
and waterways Modelized
vessels modified, and having a chance to manoeuvre ships is an excellent opportunity for
Information any project designer. From an existing geographical area with waterways or from a
medium – Areas MSRC database built by the MSRC team, it is possible to reproduce a project virtually and
simulation then perform complete and realistic simulations.
Development The MSRC has already been called on to help with the Rabaska and Gros-Cacouna
Real-time methane tanker (LNGC) terminal projects, on the St. Lawrence. It was also used to
5 Reports 4 simulation modelize the Bagotville cruise terminal on the Saguenay – to name but a couple
is What Counts!
“Between 2005 and 2008, the Corporation of Central St. Lawrence Pilots used the services of the Maritime Simulation and Resource Centre to train pilots
and apprentices for the pilotage district between Quebec City and Montreal on the St. Lawrence River.
“Throughout these years of cooperation, the Centre has always taken a very proactive approach with regard to both the type of training proposed, reflecting
the new maritime realities, and the development of customized training for our pilots.
“A special bond exists between our two organizations, stemming from a shared vision of modern, quality pilotage, and supported by the quality of the
simulator facilities, the simulator instructors’ high skill levels and respect for the intellectual property of joint projects.
“In conclusion, the contribution of the Maritime Simulation and Resource Centre to our training objectives is an added value for the quality of our pilotage.”
Captain Bernard Boissonneault
President, Corporation of the Central St. Lawrence
“Towing Solutions Inc. has participated in several training sessions at the Maritime Simulation and Resource Centre in Quebec City and has always found
the facility and staff to be of exceptional quality. We especially appreciate that the staff is not only largely made up of senior pilots and a few naval officers,
all of whom have exceptional knowledge of ship-handling and advanced navigational skills, but who also are extremely well versed in the operation of the
“This latter feature is the one that we appreciate most, as their staff literally has the ability to identify and fix problems when they surface, where most
other facilities in North and Central America cannot. Needless to say, this capability leads to a much higher customer satisfaction level.
“Another significant advantage of working with this facility is their ability to create, in-house, very accurate area models which allow them to respond quickly
to a customer’s request and, by working directly with that customer, provide exactly what they wish.
“Finally, the facility also has several partners who are experts in particular fields that can be brought in to facilitate special classes if a customer wishes
something unusual in which the on-site staff does not have the required level of expertise.
“All in all, this is one of the finest simulation facilities in the world today.”
Captain Gregory Brooks
President, Towing Solutions Inc.
“The work carried out for Rabaska by the Maritime Simulation and Resource Centre and the CPLSL was and continues to be of inestimable value to the
success of our Liquefied Natural Gas Project in Lévis. The various simulations run were extremely useful in helping us validate the feasibility, reliability and
safety of the marine portion of our project. Furthermore, in addition to helping us evaluate and further the design of our marine facilities, the simulations
were of great value in communicating or ‘showing’ the project to regulators, both marine (TERMPOL) and environmental (BAPE/CEAA), to the public and
other community stakeholders, as well as to our various partners and LNG suppliers. As we move through construction towards operations, the simulator
will again fulfil a vital role, that of training the crews of the LNG carriers and support vessels that will be calling upon our facility.”
President and COO, Rabaska (LNG)
Experience Quebec City
and its Unique Attractions!
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itself. Why not take advantage of the opportunity to discover all the beauty and wealth of
one of the oldest port cities in America... the majestic City of Quebec!
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artistic and cultural activities, and its gastronomic treats!
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Maritime Simulation and Resource Centre
271, rue de l’Estuaire, 2nd Floor, Quebec (Quebec) G1K 8S8
Tel.: 418-692-0183 • Fax: 418-692-4262
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