• Short Summary

    A TRAINING SCHOOL FOR CAPTAINS AND PILOTS OF GIANT OIL TANKERS IS NOW IN OPERATION AT A LAKE NEAR GRENOBLE IN THE FRENCH ALPS.

  • Description

    A TRAINING SCHOOL FOR CAPTAINS AND PILOTS OF GIANT OIL TANKERS IS NOW IN OPERATION AT A LAKE NEAR GRENOBLE IN THE FRENCH ALPS. THE SCHOOL - BELIEVED TO BE THE ONLY ONE OF ITS KIND IN THE WORLD - WAS BUILT AT A COST OF OVER GBP280,000 STERLING AND IS CAPABLE OF TRAINING 150 PILOTS AND CAPTAINS A YEAR.

    SCALE MODELS OF GIANT TANKERS, WITH FULL NAVIGATION EQUIPMENT, ARE BEING USED ON THE EIGHT ACRE (THREE HECTARE) ARTIFICIAL LAKE. THE MODELS RANGE FROM BETWEEN 18 TO 40 FEET (SIX TO 13 METRES) THE IN LENGTH. A GENERATOR PRODUCES "WAVES" TO SIMULATE AS PRECISELY AS POSSIBLE CONDITIONS IN WHICH THE TANKER CREWS OPERATE.

    A MINIATURE BAY OF BISCAY AND A SUEZ CANAL, COMPLETE WITH BEND, MAKE THE TRAINING AREA TOTALLY REALISTIC. BOARDING QUAYS AND MOORINGS GIVE THE TRAINEES INVALUABLE PORT EXPERIENCE BECAUSE IN THE FUTURE THEY WILL BE COMMANDING TANKERS AS LARGE AS 200,000 TONS.

    THE SCHEME IS BEING SPONSORED BY AN AMERICAN OIL COMPANY. ABOUT 15 CAPTAINS AND PILOTS ARE BEING ACCEPTED IN THE FIRST YEAR OF OPERATION FOR TWO-WEEK COURSES.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA9NT5JHCCCKQQWUTO51XUK0ELZ
    Media URN:
    VLVA9NT5JHCCCKQQWUTO51XUK0ELZ
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/05/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:44:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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