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Ministre Champagne Visits the MSRC

This week, the MSRC was honoured to welcome the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, as part of his tour promoting the St. Lawrence River as an important trade route in Canada’s and Quebec’s economic development.

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New ECDIS Training Course

The MSRC was solicited by a group of pilots to develop a course on ELECTRONIC CHART DISPLAY AND INFORMATION SYSTEMS (ECDIS) found onboard all ships and essential to pilots for safe navigation. The resulting training course is compliant with the American Pilot Association navigation technology committee’s guidelines and recommendations. This week, MSRC’s instructors gave the […]

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The MSRC Keeps Extending its Reach

Captain Pascal Rhéaume, one of MSRC’s pilots/instructors travelled to Halifax to offer SEAiq training some of the local APA pilots. Six marine pilots received detailed training on the SEAiq Pilot software from MSRC’s Captain Rhéaume, a Class A pilot with the Corporation of Lower St. Lawrence Pilots with considerable experience using PPUs and SEAiq Pilot […]

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The MSRC Provides SEAiq Training to the Pilotes de la Loire

Quebec City, Quebec, Canada – June 10, 2019 – The Maritime Simulation Resource Centre (MSRC), a world-class pilot simulation training and port feasibility studies facility, recently provided SEAiq training to the Pilotes de la Loire in Nantes, France. The two-day training was requested by Yannick David who is responsible for the Nantes simulator (Syndicat des Pilotes du […]

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Two New Ship Models by the MSRC

The MSRC has been contracted to develop two new ship models, a Chinamax bulk carrier (327m x 55m x 22M) which has called on the Port of Sept-Iles, and a 174k m3 membrane twin screw, diesel electric LNG carrier, which will be used for simulations for the GNLQ project on the Saguenay River. Using state-of-the-art […]

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The MSRC Welcomes Iron Ore Canada Pilots

The MSRC is pleased to welcome Iron Ore Canada (IOC) pilots for their first visit at our training centre. Earlier this week, they participated in the BRM-P course and were later joined by Ocean Group tug captains for training on Azimuthing propulsion systems. This 3-day course enables navigators to become acquainted with the azimuthal mode […]

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MSRC Attends 2019 EMPA Conference

The MSRC is very pleased to have attended last week’s 2019 EMPA Conference (European Maritime Pilots Association) in Liverpool and would like to thank the organizing committee for all their hard work in making this event possible. The information a pilot must process while carrying out his or her duties is quite extensive: tides, currents, […]

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Minister for Transport Chantal Rouleau Visits the Maritime Simulation and Resource Centre (MSRC)

On March 19, 2019, Chantal Rouleau, Québec’s Minister for Transport, visited the MSRC facilities in the Port of Québec. Minister Rouleau toured our facility, met with our staff and even took the wheel in one of our simulators. Carl Robitaille, President of the Corporation of Lower Saint Lawrence Pilots (CLSLP) provided the Minister with a […]

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EMANUEL HUARD JOINS THE MARITIME SIMULATION AND RESOURCE CENTRE

Quebec City, April 29, 2019 — Mr. Paul Racicot, Director of the Maritime Simulation and Resource Centre (MSRC), is pleased to announce the arrival of Emanuel Huard to its team. Mr. Huard took over his duties as instructor on March 11. Emanuel Huard is a graduate of the Institut Maritime du Québec and holds an […]

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The MSRC Provides Simulation Analysis for LNG Transits in the Saguenay River

Quebec City, Quebec, Canada – April 3, 2019 – The Maritime Simulation and Resource Centre (MSRC) is pleased to announce that it has played a key role for the Énergie Saguenay project, spearheaded by GNL Québec, for the construction of a natural gas liquefaction complex at Port Saguenay. The LNG complex will be installed on […]

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Bonhomme Carnaval Visits the Maritime Simulation and Resource Centre

Many of our guests at the MSRC are great fans of Quebec’s Winter Carnival. So this year we thought we would surprise our current guests, pilots from Houston and from Halifax, with the visit of the event’s iconic figure, Bonhomme Carnaval. Bonhomme took a few moments to sit down at the wheel of a large […]

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Captain Louis Rhéaume joins the MSRC

Quebec, February 19, 2019 – Mr. Paul Racicot, Director of the Maritime Simulation and Resource Centre (MSRC), is pleased to announce the arrival of Captain Louis Rhéaume to the team. Mr. Rhéaume joined the MSRC on January 28 and will supervise the implementation of maritime expertise projects and provide his professional and administrative experience to the […]

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The Maritime Simulation and Resource Centre Welcomes a New Communications and Business Development Assistant

Quebec City, Quebec, November 15, 2018 – The Maritime Simulation and Resource Centre (MSRC) is pleased to welcome Ms. Catherine Constantin as Communications and Business Development Assistant, responsible for the MSRC’s commercial and media relations. In collaboration with management, Ms. Constantin will also contribute to the development of new business for the Centre. She joins […]

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Interview of the month: Paul Racicot – Director of MSRC

The renown the MSRC has acquired over the years results from the strategic advantage it enjoys due to its resources’ experience and its navigation simulators’ high-level performance, which allow it to offer very specialized training and contribute actively to validating marine engineering projects. The members of the MSRC training team, highly experienced instructors who are […]

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How Simulation Improves Port Operations

Preparation and Training for Safe Large Vessel Transits With ever-larger ships calling, ports see opportunities in growth and competitiveness. But before the pilots agree to accommodate longer, wider, higher and deeper vessels, a meticulous process needs to take place. The pilots, together with the various local government, industries, environmental and even citizen committees, must evaluate […]

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Technology serving the St. Lawrence pilots

It is said that a bit of the St. Lawrence River flows through the veins of every Quebecer. In the case of the 185 pilots who command the ships that sail up or down the river between Montreal and Les Escoumins, this is particularly true. These pilots share navigation on the river in three sections: […]

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Houston Pilots Train for Post-Panamax Vessels at the MSRC

(Safety at Sea, Oct. 2017) The Maritime Simulation and Resource Centre (MSRC) now offers pilots two-day, customizable simulation courses to meet the challenges of handling post-Panamax vessels at their facilities in Quebec City. The article can also be read at: The Hellenic Shipping News, Port Technology, Maritime Executive, The Professional Mariner, Marine Link.

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Minister Jean D’Amour Highlights the Maritime Simulation and Resource Centre’s 10th Anniversary

October 2, 2015 – The Minister of Transport and Implementation of the Maritime Strategy and Minister responsible for the Lower St. Lawrence Region, Mr. Jean D’Amour, yesterday marked the 10th anniversary of the Maritime Simulation and Resource Centre (MSRC), a division of the Corporation of Lower St. Lawrence Pilots. He began by praising the centre’s […]

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