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OB Pilot's cyber-bridge practice for naming ceremony 'The Queen Anne'

10 Jun 2024
Written by Shelly Wardman

River pilots are using a state-of-the art computer simulator to rehearse the arrival in Liverpool of Cunard's new cruise ship, the Queen Anne. One of the schools OBs was fortunate to be part of this. Reference for the Story quoted from the BBC website and OB James Smart.

The Queen Anne, is the second-largest ship to be built by Cunard, and this was named in a ceremony on the Mersey in Liverpool on Monday 3rd June.

"It's a huge team effort bringing in a ship of this size into the Port of Liverpool," said river pilot James Smart

James quoted "She's a huge ship, and there's a lot of ship out of the water as well. It's always the wind, really, that we have to be careful of".

He also added: "Although she's a very powerful ship you have to be careful. And of course the River Mersey has an extremely powerful tidal range."

Mr Smart joined the Queen Anne and crew in Belfast on the Sunday 2nd June, to help bring her into the Mersey at sunrise the following day.

Working on the bridge alongside the captain, Inger Thorhauge, James said "Without the captain and her team on board, we just wouldn't be able to operate."

This marks another monumental occasion to take place in Liverpool and we are delighted to share this to our OB network.

Link to the full story on the BBC website

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