Professor in Nautical Science, Hervé Baudu has developed a smartphone App to review and learn the Colregs.
Baudu sailed for 15 years in the French Navy, reaching the position of commanding officer. He then taught ship handling at the French Naval College before joining the Marseille centre of the French National Maritime College (ENSM), where he teaches maneuvering, navigation and Colregs.
The app is aimed at both students at maritime training schools beginning to train in navigation, as well as experienced seafarers who wish to further their skills in these mandatory regulations.
The App references IMO regulations (Colregs 72, IALA, STCW). With 101 flashcards, it allows progressive learning. There are five main sections:
2. Visual signals
3. Lights and shapes
4. Sound and light signals
5. Steering and sailing rules
There are three ways to revise Colregs:
1. Revision mode: all cards are read one after the other
2. Quiz mode: the learner trains by answering questions
3. Challenge mode: allows to evaluate with the cards whose answer to the quiz has been false
Steering and sailing rules are available at any time. A Statistics menu allows to evaluate the learner on each test. No Internet connection required after application downloaded, and the app is available in English and French for both iPhone and Android smartphones.
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