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Bridge Team Management

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Course Overview:

This course consists of practical and theoretical elements. You will take part in a series of exercises performed on a ship handling simulator as well as classroom lectures which provide the necessary theoretical background for the exercises. 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.

Course Content:

  • Familiarisation of standard ship manoeuvring capabilities and limitations.
  • The effects on the behaviour of the ship in relation to wind, current, shallow water, banks and narrow channels and condition of loading.
  • The importance of planning a passage for manoeuvring and the need for contingency planning.
  • Bridge procedures and bridge teamwork and communications during watchkeeping and ship handling, in normal and in emergency situations.

Required Qualifications

Trainees entering this course should have a minimum of 6 months watchkeeping experience as an 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.