How Simulation Improves Port Operations and Pilot Training

Paul Racicot

Maritime Simulation and Resource Centre

Maritime Simulation and Resource Centre (msrc)

About the MSRC

  • Founded in 2005
  • Owned and operated by working marine pilots
  • Four fully-instrumented navigation bridges
  • Equipped with Kongsberg Digital’s Maritime Simulation System
  • Capability to operate simultaneous interactive scenarios with all four bridges
  • In-house capability to build “pilot grade” ship models and customized geographic databases
  • Vast portfolio of over 100 ship models and over 50 databases

Clients and Partners

  • Pilot associations
  • Port administrations
  • Shipowners
  • Government Agencies
  • Engineering firms
  • RCN and US Navy
  • Shipowners

Micheal Grey de Lloyd’s List, l’amiral Mitropoulos, secrétaire général de l’Organisation Maritime Internationale (OMI); le capitaine Michel Pouliot, président de l’Association des pilotes maritime du Canada (pilote de la CPBSL) et le capitaine Simon Pelletier, président de la Corporation des pilotes du Bas Saint-Laurent visitant le CSEM.

Progression of vessels’ size

Pilot Challenges

Increasing size of vessels

Pilot Challenges

Transiting a Suezmax tanker with draft restrictions

Pilot Challenges

Environmental conditions

Developing a ship model

Developing a ship model

Viking Octantis

Building an exercise area

  1. Visual Layer 

  2. Radar File 

  3. Bathymetry File

  4. Instructor Map

  5. Buoys and Objects

  6. Tides and Currents



High density bathymetry

Taylor made virtuality, based on reality

Current data

Experiencing current data with a ULCC

Quebec City