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Maritime Simulation and Resource Centre (MSRC) - Marine Simulation Training


Marine Pilot Simulation Training Programs & Transport Canada Approved ECDIS & BRM Courses in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada

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Founded in 2005 and located in Quebec City, Quebec, the Maritime Simulation and Resource Centre (MSRC) or Centre de simulation et d'expertise maritime (CMES) is a purpose-built marine pilot simulation training and turnkey port procedural development facility, offering unique Navigational safety expertise in North America.

Owned and operated by working marine pilots, the MRSC provides state-of-the-art facilities that include - Four fully instrumented navigation bridges, with the capability to provide interactive scenarios with manned tug and large vessel simulations, including Post-Panamax ships, which allow pilots to practice maneuvering techniques and enhance their skills.

In-house capabilities which include building pilot-grade ship models (over 100 ship models) and customized geographic databases, enabling port development stakeholders to take an active part in determining risk mitigation and validation of new and existing infrastructure upgrades to validate economic development projects.

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Training Programs

Marine Simulation Courses

  • ECDIS E-Navigation for Pilots: Understand the navigational functions of ECDIS in order to direct the selection of, and assess, relevant information, including understanding the potential errors of displayed data and the common errors of interpretation
  • Post Panamax Vessels - New Challenges for Pilots: Analyze the challenges of post-Panamax vessels on pilotage: transits in confined waters, traffic management, vessel management, type and number of tugs required, restrictions related to channels and port infrastructure.
  • SEAiq Application for Pilots: The course is designed to present and demonstrate the SEAiq Pilot application (SEAiq). The participants will go through the different functions of SEAiq, from basic to more advanced, in order to discover its proper use.
  • Bridge Resource Management for Marine Pilots (BRM-P): Designed to refresh and update pilots’ knowledge in the management of bridge resources required to facilitate communication and information exchange with the master and, to work efficiently and effectively with the bridge team. This course is approved by the American Pilots’ Association (APA).
  • Error Detection and Use of Advanced Radar Techniques in Restricted Waters: Designed to give state of the art guidance in quickly detecting radar errors, assessing radar limitations in restricted waters and correcting radar faulty settings.
  • Azimuthing Propulsion Systems for Pilots: Enable pilots to become acquainted with this “new” mode of propulsion and acquire a good grasp of both the limitations and the advantages of this technology.
  • Emergency Shiphandling Procedures for Pilots: Standard emergency manoeuvers, emergency stops, turns and use of anchors. Hands-on experience in various emergency situations, such as engine problems, steering problems, collisions, stranding.
  • Advanced Shiphandling for Pilots: Training sessions tailored to a specific piloting district.
  • Escort Operations for Pilots: Provide pilots with an overview of escort tug operations principles in narrow channels.
  • Ship-To-Ship (STS) Maneuvers: Specifically intended for Ship Pilots and Captains, the course is designed to offer state-of-the-art guidance in STS operations and develop the necessary skills in maneuvering vessels in a ship to ship berthing operation.
  • Restricted Visibility Navigation for Pilots: Review and practice the setup and use of the Pilot’s Portable Piloting Unit (PPU) in conjunction with the setup and use of the ship’s radar.
  • Practical Training for Future Marine Pilots: Prepare candidates for pilotage examination using competency-based-approach with hands on experience in pilotage navigation.
  • Electronic Chart Display & Information System (ECDIS): Train the mariner in the safe operation of Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS) and electronic chart systems on board vessels equipped with such systems.
  • Refresher Training - Navigation Program and PPU: Presentation of the main navigation functions of a navigation software used with a PPU during pilotage missions.

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Last Updated: Nov 24, 2022