The course provides training in the basic theory and use of radar for officers in charge of a navigational watch. It is based in the guidance on training in radar observation and plotting and the operational use of ARPA in section B-I/12 of the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watch keeping for sea goers, as amended in STCW. This model course aims to meet the minimum training standards annexed to resolutions A.482 (XII) and A.483 (XII) adopted by IMO in 1981.
The course covers the recognition of critical targets, the measurement of bearings and distances, and the use of these for fixing the ship’s position and maintaining a plot of the movement of other ships as an aid to collision avoidance. Exercises in the application of the international regulations for preventing collisions at sea (COLREG) make use of the resulting plots.
- Describe the Basic Theory and Operation of a Marine Radar System.
- Set Up and Operate Radar in Accordance with Manufacturer Instructions.
- Perform Manual Radar Plotting.
- Use Radar to Ensure Safe Navigation.
- Use Radar to Avoid Collisions or Close Encounters.
- Describe an ARPA System.
- Operate an ARPA System.
Certificate issued upon completion of the course with 100% Attendance
Trainees should have a minimum of six months at sea and preferably gained some experience of bridge watch keeping.