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Students to take wheel of training ship

LOCAL university students will be able to steer the wheel of an advanced "training ship" by the end of the year, Shanghai Maritime University announced yesterday.

The ship, nicknamed "classroom on the sea," started test operations in Yangzhou in nearby Jiangsu Province yesterday. The university claimed it's the world's largest training ship in terms of tonnage.

Unlike ordinary ships, the training ship has two navigational systems, allowing the students as well as the teachers to steer the ship at the same time.

University students majoring in navigational skills and marine engineering management will have a chance for a two-month internship on the ship.

In emergency situations, a captain can cancel the student steering mode to guarantee safe navigation.

The ship can accommodate nearly 200 people and 45,800 tons of goods. It has a basketball court, a playground, a gym, a library and dorms that can house 40 students.

The ship has the ability to travel around the globe and it will receive foreign guests and participate in international academic exchanges, according to the university.

The university has waited eight years for the ship to be designed and built.

It will replace the university's current training ship, which has been in service for about two decades and has outdated equipment.

"We want students to have the chance to practice the latest technology to prepare them for the future work," said Peng Dongkai, a university official.

The new ship is equipped with 400 sensors showing navigational readings, while students have had to rely on their own senses when steering the older ship.


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