Members of the Vietnamese Newport Pilot Limited Company recently received pilot simulation training at the renowned Maritime Simulation and Resource Centre based in Quebec City, Canada.
The pilots attended three different sessions of the two-day Emergency Shiphandling Procedures for Pilots course. All the arrangements for the training were made with TANCANG-STC Human Resource Development Company, a subsidiary of Saigon Newport Corporation. Newport Pilot Limited Company is also a subsidiary of Saigon Newport Corporation.
The course, taught by pilots, for pilots, covers standard emergency maneuvers, emergency stops, turns, as well as the use of anchors. Hands-on experience is given in various emergency situations, such as engine problems, steering problems, potential collisions, and stranding situations, etc.
Brief theoretical explanations of scenarios were given, followed by exercises on the multidisciplinary navigation simulator. Captains Pascal Rhéaume and Benoît Nayet of MSRC’s parent company the Corporation of Lower St. Lawrence Pilots, and MSRC’s operator, Captain Francis Bigué-Morel were the instructors.
At the request of the client, which is often the case with other pilot training organizations, MSRC also organized extra activities after the training. The pilots met with the Corporation of Lower St. Lawrence Pilots representatives at their Headquarters as well as with the Quebec Port Authority representatives at the Port. They also took in sightseeing in the historic and modern city of Quebec.
Commenting on the outcome of the training sessions, Captain Vu Van Bien, director of the Newport Pilot Limited Company, said, “The aim of this course was to update and refresh the necessary knowledge to ensure optimal execution of the various procedures used during emergency maneuvers, and the goal was attained. The instruction was tailored with circumstances and situations that pilots find themselves faced on regular basis.”
MSRC’s Director, Paul Racicot added, “We are very impressed and flattered at the same time that these pilots made such a long journey to attend training with us.”
MSRC has been giving the same training program to numerous other pilotage groups since its inception.
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