The course consists of lectures, discussions (both instructor and student-led), simulator scenarios and team building exercises designed to promote, practice and reinforce safe navigational watchkeeping practices through the application of effective bridge teamwork, bridge resource management principles and the use of leadership and managerial skills for the safety of life and property at sea and the prevention of pollution to the marine environment.
The intent of the course is to ensure trainees gain experience in handling ships under various conditions and will make a more effective contribution to the bridge team during ship manoeuvring and emergency situations. In particular, trainees should be:
- Aware of the need for and be able to prepare a detailed voyage plan from berth to berth.
- Able to make best use of all relevant information and resources when executing and monitoring a planned passage including the use of ships manoeuvring data to carry out standard manoeuvres and assessment of the effects of wind and tidal forces that may be encountered and the application of effective countermeasures.
- Able to communicate effectively with other members of a bridge team.
- Aware of the necessity of carrying out a risk assessment for each stage of the voyage, with particular regard to passages in confined waters.
- Able to implement effective appropriate crisis management procedures and initiate appropriate responses to emergencies.
- Able to organise and conduct a bridge team effectively, with particular regard to the importance of briefing and de-briefing and factors such as attitude, cultural differences, workload and stress, human factors in error chains, decision making and challenge and response.
- Watchkeeping Principles
- Simulator Introduction
- Bridge Team Control and Communication
- Human Factors
- Crisis Management
- Case Studies
- Team Work
- Voyage Planning
- Working with a Pilot
- Search and Rescue
In addition to the above topics there will also be multiple simulator scenarios to consolidate the lessons and exercise students’ ability to put the classroom theory into practice.
All of our trainers are experienced mariners that are highly experienced in the practical use of leadership, management and ECDIS having pushed themselves to their limits at sea. Our Instructors will be drawing on experiences gained at sea to highlight important factors and to demonstrate effective processes in the classroom, then allowing for the processes to be developed in the Simulator. Candidates will at times be put under pressure within the controlled environment to utilise their newly developed skills.