Welcome to the Timsbury Lake ship handling centre, which provides world-renowned training for Masters and officers on ships and large yachts, together with specific training for Pilots and Berthing/Mooring Masters. This type of training is part of the principles contained within IMO resolution A960(23) for the training of maritime Pilots.
The ship handling courses are delivered using scaled manned models, with emphasis on developing skills and understanding of the behaviour and handling of ships.
The focus of the training is around the demonstration of slow speed control. Complex and potentially hazardous manoeuvres can be practised and learnt in the scaled environment to enhance competence and refresh skills. There is no doubt that scaled manned models are considered to be the best way after a real ship to develop ship handling skills and competence, providing cost effective training which contributes to reducing ship operating costs.
With a ratio of one instructor to a maximum of two delegates, courses can be conducted to meet specific training requirements, whether it’s an introduction to ship handling, pre-promotion assessment or updating and enhancing existing skills.
The instructors and lecturers are all highly experienced senior mariners, often with long command and/or pilotage experience, including serving pilots. Mariners are therefore assisted during their time on the lake by staff who have spent many years at sea themselves and have the highest professional qualifications.
Courses are scheduled between March and November. Please contact the administration team for dates and availability.
Please contact the administration team for further information and to book:
Tel: +44 (0)23 8201 5004