Istanbul: Marrying two of his passions, shipping and software development, Captain Ozgur Dogan Gunes has just launched a new app, Seabook.
Seabook is a mobile application designed to run in all smartphones, tablets and other platforms such as smart televisions. It is free and aimed at seafarers, masters and cadets.
On the genesis for the app, Gunes says, “Obviously it is so difficult to find the right information quickly when onboard with time so precious and limited. The simplified and practical information included in Seabook are easy to access to reduce time.”
Gunes notes how despite the explosion of apps around the world, the maritime sector is comparatively ill-served in this department.
Seabook contains details on: COLREGs (the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea), GMDSS (Global Maritime Distress and Safety System), ship stability, navigation, the international code of signals and knots.
After nine years of maritime education Gunes had a varied time at sea before returning ashore where he worked for a Turkish media organisation and honed his IT skills. Other passions include his guitar and deepsea diving.
Seabook is also an expanding project with the contribution of volunteers sought for further releases.
Seabook is available at Google Play Store for Android devices and for other platforms you can download the freeware here