• 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 -- THE ONLY ONE OF ITS KIND IN THE WORLD -- WAS BUILT AT A COST OF OVER GBP280,000 AND IS CAPABLE OF TRAINING 150 PILOTS AND CAPTAINS A YEAR.

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

    THERE IS EVEN A MINIATURE BAY OF BISCAY. AND A SUEZ CANAL, COMPLETE WITH A BEND, MAKES THE TRAINING AREA TOTALLY REALISTIC. BOARDING QUAYS AND MOORINGS GIVE THE TRAINEE CAPTAINS 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:
    VLVAODA9XQ130OSMC9UN0M3L6ALU
    Media URN:
    VLVAODA9XQ130OSMC9UN0M3L6ALU
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/07/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:10:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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