Pilots from the port of Altamira, Mexico, attended special training at MarineSafety International's Newport Simulator Center from October 1 to 5, 2007. The training used a full mission bridge as an LNG carrier and a smaller simulator as a 55 tonne ASD tug
. The exercises were interactive, with the pilot on the LNG carrier giving orders directly to the tug master.
The goal of the training was to improve the shiphandling skills, communications skills and situational
awareness of the “Pilotage Team”, consisting of the pilot, master and tug master along with terminal and
port personnel, who also attended the course. During the final two days of training the pilots and tug
masters dealt with emergency situations, such as loss of propulsion or steering during their transit to the
Previously, the terminal operators contracted with MarineSafety International to provide training for the
pilots and the tug masters of the port to enhance the piloting skills of their personnel prior to the LNG
terminal going into operation in August of 2006. This is Phase II of the continuing training program for
personnel working at the new Altamira LNG terminal. Over the past year they have received 38 LNG
shipments, without incident.