The official manual for the Port Revel Shiphandler course. The volume opens with the introduction acquainting trainees with the training centre, telling how and where the training is provided and what results can be expected. The Port Revel is situated on a human-made lake remodeled to reproduce real conditions of sailing.
At scale, the available water area is representing a navigable zone of approximately three by two nm; this allows several sailing modes at the same time, with the normal maneuvering speed. The fleet of the training centre consists of nine vessels. While seven of the ships are models of either bulk carriers or oil tankers, the eighth one is a replica of the LNG carrier "Ben Franklin".
Finally, the last ninth model is a replica of the "CGM-Normandie" post panamax container vessel featuring carrying capacity of 4400 TEU. All of the above listed vessels except Normandie have diesel motor and steam turbine. Taking into account that the Normandie can actually be controlled from her front deck (like car carriers and cruise ships), it means that the available fleet reproduces twenty different ships. The models have all been fitted with the conventional features that would be normally found on board any real vessel.