Ever since the first marine chart publication of the St.Lawrence in 1702 by Jean Deshayes, the king's hydrographer, the most important tool is a thorough understanding of the location. The chart is the detailed reference tool required to attain this objective.

AIS NavsimToday, all CPSLC pilots are equipped with the most updated version of the CHS electronic chart on their portable computer.

In order for a pilot to guide a vessel under any conditions of visibility and to ensure safe transit, the ship must provide the pilot reliable and mandatory equipment. Here are the main tools we need:  

  1. A stable gyroscopic compass
  2. A helmsman who can maintain course
  3. A precise radar to interpret the received image

It is also to be noted that since the implementation of the AIS network, this function is also mandatory for vessels that transit the St.Lawrence.

Today, pilots must divide their time aboard ship between three tasks: visual scanning of the environment, navigation instruments and personal pilotage unit. (OPP/PPU)

The technological advances of the last few years and the proven reliability of the DGPS as well as the AIS network which gives accurate positioning of the vessel, daily updates of water levels and maritime traffic, allow pilots to visualize in real time the true dynamic position of the vessel and of others surrounding it.

The CPSLC has been involved from the beginning in the Canadian Coast Guard Electronic Navigation Committee.  Thanks to our efforts and that of the maritime industry, the Committee has been able to integrate the safety and efficiency issues and share the same goal with fantastic results!

The CPSLC pilots are all equipped with a portable computer that is reliable and used only for this purpose. The pilots are also expected to maintain their systems up to date with integral upgrades.

We must however remain on the look out and be aware of our environment.  A small craft for example will not show up on the laptop screen.

Our efforts are not limited to this one committee. We actively contribute to the evolution of the NavSim software for electronic charts. This Canadian company is continuously trying to meet our needs and those of our colleagues and has quickly adapted its product to make it more efficient.

Here is the list of navigational aids that are mandatory and regulated.

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