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Students to take wheel of training ship

By Liang Yiwen (Shanghai Daily)

10:46, May 28, 2012

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.

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