Ship Captains Practice Piloting on Tiny Versions of Huge Ships

Port Revel is an artificial 13-acre lake in southeastern France that is the center of a ship handling school. The owners have designed this lake to simulate a variety of common ship handling challenges. Since 1966, the Port Revel Shiphandling Training Centre has offered courses to mariners who pilot 1/25 scale versions of cruise ships, containers ships, and supertankers.

The lake represents an area of about 5 by 2 nautical miles. Students can practice navigating a lock of the Panama Canal, a bend within the Suez Canal, a drawbridge, deep and shallow waters, and can travel under different wind conditions.

-via Messy Nessy Chic

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