Maritime Simulation & Resource Centre | Training & Development Facility

Maritime Simulation & Resource Centre

Located in Quebec City, Canada, the Maritime Simulation and Resource Centre (MSRC) is a leader in training and development, and holds unique expertise in navigational safety. It is open to all members of the maritime community, whether for training, professional development or the validation of economic development projects. It offers a stimulating work environment and an atmosphere conducive to learning and the exchange of knowledge.

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MSRC is a division of the Corporation of Lower St. Lawrence Pilots (CLSLP). The Centre’s mission is to ensure training and development for pilots belonging to the CLSLP and to share its expertise in simulation with other pilots and professionals in the maritime domain.

Maritime Simulation and Resource Centre MSRC - Halifax Post-Panamax November 2013

Internationally Recognized Expertise

In operation since 2005, the Maritime Simulation and Resource Centre (MSRC) has been purposely built to function as a total turnkey port procedural development centre. It is one of the few facilities in the world offering a full range of simulation options spanning from stand-alone desktop simulation to four fully interactive, manned tug and large vessel simulations.

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For projects requiring the knowledge of ship manoeuvres, the MSRC can draw on the vast experience of members of the Corporation of Lower St. Lawrence Pilots (CLSLP). The synergy derived from the combination of new technology with pilot experience generates exceptional added value for the MSRC and enables the Centre to offer unique expertise for projects involving navigation safety.

MSRC also features an in-house database compilation capability, which permits to build, modify or customize simulated geographic areas, as well as ship models, to suit client specific requirements. This extremely unique combination of human and physical resources enables MSRC to provide flexible and total solution through all stages of port development to include: appraisal and conceptual design, manoeuvring procedure training for new facilities, data capture and reporting.

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Simulation Facilities

The Maritime Simulation and Resource Centre (MSRC) is a purpose-built simulator with a fully instrumented DNV Class “A” configured bridge with 330° visuals that exceed the requirements of the 1995 STCW Convention.  The Centre...

Real-time Simulation

MSRC's fully interactive tug and large vessel simulation capabilities also mean that the facility provides a total turnkey port procedural development centre. Simulations that only employ what are commonly referred to as “vector”...

Pilot Training

The Maritime Simulation and Resource Centre: - Provides training for apprentice pilots; - Develops and provides skill improvement techniques for its regular pilots; - Develops and provides skill improvement techniques for pilots of other piloted...

Geographic Databases

In addition to the thirty or so databases of geographical sites it already has, the MSRC has software available specifically designed to produce and bring up-to-date the integrated databases required for simulations. Our programming team can...

Simulated Ships

For simulations, the MSRC already has an extensive library of ship models (bulk carriers, oil tankers, container ships, LNG carriers, tugs, passenger ships, etc.). Each ship model is unique with manoeuvring characteristics very faithful to those...

Maritime Simulation & Resource Centre

Navigation Simulation Study for a new marine oil terminal for SUEZMAX

MSRC conducted a series of simulations to determine if the proposed terminal would permit SUEZMAX and AFRAMAX ships to safely conduct docking and undocking manoeuvres up to the wind operational limits of 30 knots and at all stages of the tide.

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Real Time Simulation Petroleum Carriers to the Canaport LNG Dock Irving Oil – Canaport

MSRC conducted a simulation study consisting of a series of manoeuvres to determine if the existing operational procedures and restrictions that apply to LNG ships would work equally well with petroleum tankers and adhere to acceptable national and international standards.

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Manoeuvring Feasibility Study for LNG Vessels (Fraser River, Canada)

WesPac has requested the services of MSRC to assess the navigational feasibility of transiting LNG vessels with capacities of 60,000 CFM and 80,000 CFM, loaded to a maximum draught of 11.0 metres to and from the proposed dock.

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Training mandate awarded to MSRC by Fincantieri

The training for masters of the new ferry of the Société des Traversiers du Québec (STQ) has been entrusted to the Marine Simulation and Resource Center (MSRC) by the well-known italian shipyard Fincantieri.

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ULTRA Large Containership Manoeuvring Study

The Port of Halifax solicited MSRC to perform a manoeuvring analysis to determine if vessels with a length overall of 320 metres and a potential maximum draught of 15.0 metres, could transit with an acceptable margin of under-keel clearance, if the existing tug escort policy was suitable for the larger ships, and also to determine if wind speed transit restrictions should be placed on these ships.

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MSRC collaborates with the Middle St-Lawrence Pilots Corporation on simulator training for Post-Panamax vessels

During the last year, the MSRC and the Middle St-Lawrence Pilots Corporation (CPSLC) teamed up to train the 110 pilots of the Québec-Trois-Rivières and Trois-Rivières-Montréal districts to prepare for future transits and manoeuvring of Post-Panamax vessels.

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Berthing and unberthing manoeuvres at a LNG terminal pier with tugboat assistance

CANAPORT LNG used the services of the Maritime Simulation and Resource Centre (MSRC) to determine safe and appropriate procedures for approaching, berthing and unberthing manoeuvres at the LNG terminal pier with tugboat assistance.

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Feasibility study for a new Colombian port infrastructure

This study was designed to evaluate the concept of a new port infrastructure, determine its operating limits and eventually serve as a training tool for ship captains, pilots and terminal operators.

MSRC Port Development and Maritime Simulation

Full turnkey service for operational feasibility studies offering four fully instrumented interactive bridges.

MSRC Tug Simulators

The MSRC tug simulators are specifically designed to support high-fidelity training and detailed procedural rehearsal for the full range of tugging operations.

MSRC Pilot Training

Leading-Edge Training Developed by Pilots for Pilots. One of the most highly respected simulation centres in the world, offering a wide range of training options.interactive bridges.

Simulators Train Pilots for Largest Landlocked Port

  25 Jul 2017

Members of the Houston Pilots recently participated in two custom-built simulation courses vital to their Pilotage duties in the Houston Ship Channel and the Port of Houston, the largest landlocked port in America

Post Panamax Vessels: New Challenges for Pilots

  20 Oct 2016

MSRC develops education for mega-ship pilots

Navigation simulation for megaship handling

Simulation has become increasingly important in an era of mega-ships and massive port development projects, here the MSRC of explains their vital importance

Maritime Simulation and Resource Centre
271 de l'Estuaire St
Suite 201
QC Canada
G1K 8S8
Contact Name Mr. Paul Racicot (Director) 
Tel: +1-418-692-0183

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