World-Class Facilities

At Maritime Pilots Institute, pilots benefit from the breadth and depth of a diverse array of training experiences. Our Covington facility hosts our state-of-the-art simulator and RADAR lab, while our Bush site gives students hands-on practice with our unique manned model program.

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Real Piloting—Just Smaller.

MPI's 3.5-acre training pond in Bush, Louisiana lets pilots hone their skills on a series of adjustable waterways to simulate docking, currents, wind, and weather. Our fleet of 1:25 scale manned models act realistically, creating a real world training experience.

Port St Tammany

Since ships behave differently at varying depths, we provide a controlled environment to replicate diverse waterway configurations. In addition, our manned model pond offers pilots a chance to train for complex maneuvers in a safe and controlled environment.


Immersive, State-of-the-Art Simulation

MPI's state-of-the-art Kongsberg simulator offers our students unparalleled access to immersive ship handling scenarios, offering:

  • Realistic vessel behavior
  • Wrap-around, high-vertical field of view
  • Technically accurate recreations of real world geography
  • Lightning-fast load times
  • Smooth visualization of highly-customizable nautical scenes
  • A wide library of ships, including tankers, containerships, cruise vessels, supply vessels, tow vessels and azimuth stern drive (ASD) tugs
  • Render/recover winch controls, RADAR/ARPA/ECDIS/AIS, pilot plug and monitoring equipment for ship’s sensors plug-and-play adaptability for Pilot laptop navigation systems (PPU)
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Kongsberg Ship Simulator


Manned Models

Quicker Docking. Faster Learning.

Due to their smaller scale, MPI's manned models dock five times quicker than their full-scale counterparts, allowing students to practice more quickly and effectively. And with meaningful, real-world forces and consequences, pilots are better prepared for real-world scenarios.

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James B. Eads 1/25th Suezmax Tanker

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Samuel L. Clemens 1/25th Scale Suezmax Bulk Carrier

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MM Houston 1/25th Scale Neo-Panamax 13,800 TEU Containership

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Tractor Tugs 1/25th Scale Remote Operated Tractor Tugs