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CANAPORT LNG and its principal, Repsol, have mandated the Maritime Simulation and Resource Centre (MSRC) to conduct a simulation study that meet the requirements of DNV to validate that the proposed berthing operations are safe and adhere to acceptable national and international standards, for its facility near Saint-John, New Brunswick, Canada.


The study consisted of a series of fifty-nine manoeuvres using loaded and ballasted spherical LNG ships of the Moss Rosenberg type and membrane tankers ranging from 138,000 m│ to QMAX size (266,000 m│), each assisted by either three or four 65 ton bollard Z-drive tug boats, dependent upon vessel size.




The study has been conducted on the Kongsberg’s built Full Mission Simulator, Class A[1] and DNV approved, at MSRC, in Quebec City, Canada. It consists of a fully integrated bridge with modern instruments and an uninterrupted field of vision of 330° using LNG and Z-drive tug shipmodels with a very high degree of accuracy.


All manoeuvres were conducted by an experienced Saint John pilot at the helm of the larger vessels, and each tug was operated by an actual CANAPORT LNG tug master. Based on experienced tug master’s comments, MSRC’s simulated tugs are among the best models available in the simulation world, and they yield high accuracy results when compared with actual manoeuvres in real life. Bridge instrumentation closely represents the tug boat bridge environment (Hydraulic winch controls and indicators, towline load, etc.).


All four bridges were made to interact exactly as in reality. This was made possible by the fact that the four bridge operators are all active in their own discipline.




MSRC’s own database development tool was used to produce a high fidelity 3D geographical area model. Electronic Navigation Charts were used for geo-referencing all pertinent aspects of marine navigation: Bathymetric contours (including drying areas), spot soundings, terrain elevation, coast line and manmade structures. Satellite imagery and local photography were used to ensure that the visual scenery yielded an accurate area representation including non charted fixtures commonly used by experienced pilots.


The full range of tidal current was incorporated in the database during the development process. Based on advices from experienced and knowledgeable pilots, local eddies were accurately integrated for optimum and accurate results.

[1] Class A (NAV): A full mission simulator capable of simulating a total shipboard bridge operation situation, including the capability for advanced manoeuvring in restricted waterways.


The Maritime Simulation and Resource Centre (MSRC) is fully owned by the Corporation of the Lower St.-Lawrence Pilots (CLSLP).

MSRC’s mission is to:

  • Provide training for apprentice pilots;
  • Develop and provide skill improvement techniques for its regular pilots;
  • Develop and provide skill improvement techniques for pilots of other piloted circumscriptions worldwide;
  • Design appropriate ship handling scenarios for pilots as well as for masters and officers;
  • Create comprehensive geographical area data bases for any port development project anywhere in the world;
  • Conduct full mission simulation exercises in order to validate ship manoeuvres for new or existing ports.
  • Answer any request from the industry aimed at improving safety at sea.

The global experience of the CLSLP’s pilots and the highly skilled staff of the MSRC allow its mission to be rewarded with success in all its undertakings.

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