Navigation Aids, Equipment And Simulator Training – Operational Level – NAEST (O)
The NAEST (O) course is designed to provide candidates with the skills to maintain safe navigation through effective use of electronic navigation systems.
NAEST training is a mandatory requirement for all MCA Certificates of Competency above OOW 500GT inclusiv
- Voyage planning, navigation and execution
- Electronic navigation systems
- Using information from electronic systems
- Radar, ARPA, AIS
- ECDIS – Generic and Transas Type Specific
- Introduction to Search and Rescue.
- Bridge management, watchkeeping and teamwork
The NAEST(operational) course makes extensive use of the full bridge simulator and takes place over 5 weeks as follows;
Weeks 1 & 2 – Navigation, Radar and Simulation
Weeks 3 & 4 – Further simulator training and high level exercises
Week 5 – ECDIS (Generic and Transas Type Specific)
The ECDIS component of the course is assessed by way of a written examination and successful candidates will receive ECDIS Generic and Transas Type Specific certification.
The NAEST element is continuously assessed through simulator exercises with a final written examination.
Successful candidates will be awarded the STCW NAEST (O) certificate.
There are no formal requirements for an operational NAEST course but candidates should be up to date with chartwork and IRPCS.
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