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Code No: 819

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This innovative CD-ROM based training product, consists of three sections, Rules of the Road at Sea, Guided Simulation and Full Simulation.

The first section ensures that the International Regulations for Prevention of Collision at Sea (the ColRegs) have been learned and remembered. The Rules of the Road Section uses a database of multiple choice questions to appraise how much the user knows about 5 different categories - recognition of lights, shapes and sound signals, the use of radar, and manoeuvring rules. The user is given a score (positive or negative) for each category. The program then supports learning in these subjects by reprising the questions with guidance on the correct answer. It then offers a further assessment and a report upon completion. The full text of the ColRegs is also accessible to challenge and inform the user.

In the Guided Simulation section, 21 difficult traffic situations have been selected which have often led to casualties in the past. The visual scenes, radar and navigational data, and the ships' manoeuvring characteristics are taken from realistic Sindel simulations. Three different ship types are used and the sea areas include coastal areas in or near the Singapore Straits, the English Channel and the approach to Inchon in South Korea. In each scenario the user is offered a choice of action at a critical time. The optimum choice should result in an acceptable CPA. The other alternatives are likely to prove less satisfactory or be clear breaches of the ColRegs. The program provides detailed feedback for each possible answer and stresses the main teaching points of each scenario.

Full Simulation requires users to have the Sindel ShipSim simulation package. In the Full Simulation section, the starting points are the same 21 difficult traffic situations. However in this case the user has all the information available to a bridge watchkeeper and is in full control of his or her simulated ship. The same ShipSim package can be used to run other simulation exercises.

This is a challenging and innovative package that bridges the gap between classroom teaching and practical collision avoidance at sea. It will provide an instructive means of ensuring that navigating officers are able to apply the Colregs in real traffic situations.

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