The new Wärtsilä simulator will provide realistic training for pilots at the Le Havre pilot station Photo: Wärtsilä
Wärtsilä is to supply a complete navigational simulator upgrade for the Le Havre pilot station in France.
The intention is to provide the pilot station with a totally new simulator specifically adapted to the requirements of the pilots’ operations. The order with Wärtsilä was placed in February 2020.
“We have worked with Wärtsilä for a number of years already, and we are familiar with their experience and expertise in simulation technology,” said 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.”
The new visualisation system is based on 14 DP projectors, comprising seven main circular and seven ground projection system and featuring a panoramic 350-degree screen. The station’s existing Wärtsilä simulator was installed in 2004, and the new upgrade is required to address current and anticipated requirements.
The simulator enables users to study the reaction of a vessel in operational situations and assists trainees in perfecting manoeuvres under challenging sea and weather conditions as well as emergency situations. It will also help enable the validation of future port planning.
The Le Havre pilot station has existed since the 16th century. Forty-seven pilots currently 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.