Tuesday, November 21, 2023

Tom Scott on a Little Training Ship

The Ship Handling Research and Training Centre in Poland is a very unique school. This is where ship's pilots can learn how to steer through the biggest, most crucial ports, locks, and canals on earth, like Panama and Suez. This training is meant to supplement on-the-job training with more experienced pilots, not to replace that experience. They use a combination of computer simulations and real piloting. The school uses ships and courses that are scaled at only 1/24th the size of the the real thing, but that's still surprisingly big. They also use current generators to recreate various real-world conditions. Tom Scott talked them into letting him pilot one of these ships without taking the entire course, just for funsies. I don't think he's going to try for a job with Evergreen or any other shipping company.     

1 comment:

xoxoxoBruce said...

He said the faster you go the more the boat squats so may hit bottom in shallow water. That surprised me as that's exactly opposite of what small boats do.