This week's Wednesday Wisdom, an interesting extract from one of PTI's technical papers, comes from Captin Benoît Blanchette and Captin Benoît Nayet from the Maritime Simulation and Resource Centre.
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 the feasibility of these requests and ensure that the safety of navigation and the protection of the local environment will remain a priority.
The goals of using navigation simulators are three-fold.
- Study and evaluate the feasibility of a new project or procedures.
- Determine the most efficient procedures and set the safety parameters and limits.
- Train the professionals involved in the new procedures and inform them on the limits and safety parameters.