Navigation and Shiphandling Courses

Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (STCW VI/1 MCA approved)

Course Description and Objectives

The course provides guidance, training and practical experience to those who will be using Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems as part of maintaining a safe navigational watch.

The candidate who successfully completes this course:

  • can use the ECDIS to maintain safety of navigation and explain the principles of operation of electronic chart systems
  • can use ECDIS as an integral part of effective bridge resource management, in open and confined waters, in planning and conducting a passage, in responding to navigational emergencies, and in manoeuvring the ship and maintaining a safe navigational watch.

Training Methods

The course shall be delivered by the use of interactive classroom laboratory workshops and the use of real ECDIS equipment in three own ship bridges in a full mission ship handling simulator. Live exercises shall be conducted in the bridge simulator.

Assessment Method

Formative competency based and a formal final practical and knowledge assessment.

Course Prerequisites

The course is open to candidates for certification as officer in charge of a navigational watch and those who already hold certification including pilots.

All participants should be thoroughly familiar with the practice of navigation in merchant vessels and should be computer literate.

The maximum number of delegates for this course shall be three (3).

Course Duration

The course duration shall be five (5) days consisting of forty (40) hours.

Certification

An MCA approved certificate of successful completion shall be issued to those candidates who successfully complete the course and meet the assessment criteria and the MCA (MNTB) requirements.

Maritime Resource Management

Course Description and Objectives

Maritime Resource Management involves the use and co-ordination of all the skills, knowledge, Experience and resources available to the team to achieve the established goals of safety and efficiency of a voyage or any other safety critical task. To motivate the team and if necessary to change its behaviour to good resource management practices during everyday operations. This includes understanding of the importance of good management and teamwork and the willingness to change behaviour. The course aims to increase knowledge of human performance and limitations such as the effects of fatigue and stress. In addition, to ensure a deeper understanding of what can lead us into lack of situational awareness or complacency.

Training Methods

The course is a combination of instructor led workshops using the MRM modules and case studies combined with simulator exercises using a Full Mission Shiphandling Simulator.

Assessment Method

Assessment shall be on a continuous basis throughout the course and the client shall be supplied with a comprehensive assessment report of each candidate.

Course Prerequisites

Masters, Deck and Engineer Officers, Pilots and Shore-based personnel. The minimum number of delegates is six (6) and the maximum is eight (8).

Course Duration

4 days (24hrs).

Certification

An ACK certificate of successful completion shall be issued to those delegates who successfully complete the course and meet the assessment criteria.

Shiphandling

Course Description and Objectives

This course is intended to meet statutory and industry requirements for personnel involved in handling ships. The course provides the delegates with theoretical guidance and hands on practical experience in handling specific ships in a variety of conditions using a Full Mission Shiphandling Simulator.

Training Methods

The course shall be a blend of interactive classroom instruction and discussion followed by realistic practical exercises in a full mission Shiphandling simulator.

Assessment Method

Delegates shall undergo a pre course assessment at the beginning of the course. Performance shall be assessed during the practical simulator based exercises based using defined performance criteria. A final knowledge assessment shall be conducted at the end of the course.

Course Prerequisites

This course is open to masters and licensed deck officers. The minimum number of delegates is four (4) and the maximum is eight (8).

Course Duration

5 days (30hrs).

Certification

An ACK certificate of successful completion shall be issued to those delegates who successfully complete the course and meet the assessment criteria.

Marine Pilot Training

Course Description and Objectives

This course aims to provide the delegates with the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to perform the function of Marine Pilot in accordance with the requirements of IMO Resolution A.960. Those delegates who successfully complete this course shall be ready to become an understudy pilot in their respective areas.

Training Methods

The course shall be delivered as a combination of interactive classroom based lecture and practical exercises and the use of a full mission Shiphandling simulator.

Assessment Method

Assessment shall be on a continuous basis throughout the course and the client shall be supplied with a comprehensive assessment report of each delegate.

Course Prerequisites

This course is open to prospective marine pilots who hold an STCW certificate of competency as a bridge watchkeeping officer at the operational level – unlimited. The participants should have been exposed to bridge watchkeeping duties and be familiar with the use of modern electronic navigation aids. The minimum number of delegates is six (6) and the maximum is eight (8).

Course Duration

15 days.

Certification

Successful delegates shall receive an ACK certificate of successful completion and a Maritime Resource Management certificate approved by the Swedish Club Academy.

Approvals

The Swedish Club Academy.

Tidal Calculations

Course Description and Objectives

This course aims to provide knowledge, guidance and practical experience in the understanding of tides and being able to perform tidal calculations. A delegate who successfully completes this course shall be able to understand the basic theory of tides and be familiar with the use of Admiralty tide tables including digital tidal publications.

Training Methods

The course shall be delivered by a combination of theoretical classroom instruction and practical exercises where the trainees shall have to use tide tables and perform tide calculations.

Assessment Method

Assessment shall be in the form of continual assessment based on the candidates being able to perform each specific task as the course progresses and a final knowledge assessment consisting of 15 multiple choice questions. Successful completion shall require complete attendance, satisfactory performance of each task and passing the final knowledge assessment.

Course Prerequisites

There are no specific prerequisites. Minimum number of delegates is four (4) and the maximum is twelve (12).

Course Duration

2 days (12hrs).

Certification

An ACK certificate of successful completion shall be issued to those delegates who successfully complete the course and meet the assessment criteria.

Correction of Nautical Charts and Publications

Course Description and Objectives

This course provides guidance, training and practical experience to those who will be responsible for correcting nautical charts and publications. Those who successfully complete this course shall be able to maintain an up to date portfolio of admiralty charts and publications in accordance with recognized industry standards.

Training Methods

The course shall be delivered by use of interactive classroom workshops and practical exercises.

Assessment Method

Formative competency based and a formal final practical and knowledge assessment.

Course Prerequisites

The course is open to delegates who are likely to be designated the responsibility for the upkeep and maintenance of navigational charts and publications on board ship. The minimum number of delegates is three (4) and the maximum is twelve (12).

Course Duration

3 days (18hrs).

Certification

An ACK certificate of successful completion shall be issued to those delegates who successfully complete the course and meet the assessment criteria.

Passage Planning

Course Description and Objectives

This course aims to provide knowledge and guidance on voyage and passage planning to Masters and navigating officers who are required to plan and conduct a passage as required by SOLAS Chapter V, Regulation 34, and meeting the minimum standards of competence for navigation as defined in A-VIII/2, Part 2 (Voyage Planning) of the STCW Code. It takes into account the guidelines and recommendations contained in IMO Resolution A893(21) and other recognized industry publications to enable ships personnel to produce comprehensive plans acceptable to Port State and Vetting Inspectors demonstrating that a vessel is being safely navigated.

Training Methods

The delivery of this course shall be achieved through classroom instruction and practical passage planning exercises.

Assessment Method

A knowledge test of chart symbols and abbreviations, manual calculation of secondary port times, and heights of high and low waters a coastal passage planning exercise and a pilotage passage planning exercise.

Course Prerequisites

The course is designated for shipboard personnel who are responsible for navigation and passage Planning. The minimum number of delegates is six (6) and the maximum shall be twelve (12).

Course Duration

3 days (18hrs).

Certification

An ACK certificate of successful completion shall be issued to those delegates who successfully complete the course and meet the assessment criteria.

Navigation and Bridge Watchkeeping

Course Description and Objectives

This course is designed to update officers’ knowledge and understanding of bridge watchkeeping procedures. The course covers collision avoidance rules, principles of navigation, electronic navigation, maritime legislation, ISPS, passage planning and emergency procedures.

Training Methods

The course is a combination of theoretical classroom based instruction and live exercises carried out in a full mission bridge simulator.

Assessment Method

Formative competency based and a formal final practical and knowledge assessment.

Course Prerequisites

The course is open to candidates who are certified as officer in charge of a navigational watch. The Maximum Number of participants on the course shall be sixteen (16).

Course Duration

5 days (30hrs).

Certification

An ACK certificate of successful completion shall be issued to those delegates who successfully complete the course and meet the assessment criteria.

Fundamentals of Coastal Navigation

Course Description and Objectives

This course is designed to give theoretical instruction and practical guidance to those in charge of small craft such as pilot boats in the basic fundamentals of coastal navigation. The course content includes the collision avoidance rules, the IALA maritime buoyage system, basic chart work, compass and the use of electronic navigational aids. The course consists of a blend of theoretical classroom instruction and live exercises using a full mission bridge simulator.

Training Methods

The course shall be delivered by use of interactive classroom instruction and workshops and live exercises shall be conducted in the bridge simulator.

Assessment Method

Formative competency based and a formal final practical and knowledge assessment.

Course Prerequisites

The course is open to those who may be in charge of small craft. The Maximum Number of participants on the course shall be sixteen (16).

Course Duration

5 days (30hrs).

Certification

An ACK certificate of successful completion shall be issued to those delegates who successfully complete the course and meet the assessment criteria.

Search and Rescue Simulator

Course Description and Objectives

The course provides guidance, training and practical experience to those who may be involved in Maritime Search and Rescue. The course involves interactive classroom instruction and exercise and a series of live scenarios in a full mission Shiphandling and communications simulator suite. Those participants that successfully complete this course shall be able to:
  • Perform search function
  • Conduct on scene coordination
  • Perform on board emergency rescue function
  • Understand aerial assistance protocols
  • Communicate with vessels, aircraft and coastal stations
  • Understand and follow search patterns
  • Understand survival and post rescue procedures
  • Use the IAMSAR manual

Training Methods

The course shall be delivered by use of interactive classroom instruction and workshops followed by live exercises in the bridge simulator

Assessment Method

Formative competency based and a formal final practical and knowledge assessment.

Course Prerequisites

The course is open to licensed deck officers. The minimum number of delegates is three (4) and the maximum is eight (8).

Course Duration

3 days (18hrs).

Certification

An ACK certificate of successful completion shall be issued to those delegates who successfully complete the course and meet the assessment criteria.