Course Overview: This course is practical and theoretical and consists of a series of exercises performed on a ship handling simulator. Classroom lectures, to provide the necessary theoretical background for the exercises, are included. Items dealt with in these lectures are illustrated either by including them as part of an exercise or by separate simulator demonstration. During exercises, trainees are expected to make use of effective bridge procedures, to comply with international regulations for preventing collisions at sea and to observe the basic principles of keeping a navigational watch.
• Familiarisation of standard ship manoeuvring
• The effects on the behaviour of the ship of wind, current, shallow water, banks and narrow channels and condition of loading
• The importance of planning a passage or manoeuvre and the need for contingency planning
• Bridge procedures and bridge teamwork during watch-keeping and ship handling, in normal and in emergency situations
Trainees entering this course should have minimum 6 months watchkeeping experience as officer in charge of a navigational watch and should also have completed a course of training which meets the standards set out in IMO Assembly resolution A.483 (XII), Training in radar observation and plotting .