SCOPE This course is intended to meet the mandatory minimum requirements specified in Table A-11/1, Table A-11/2 and Table A-11/3 of the STCW’95.The course is essentially practical and consist of a series of exercises performed on a radar / ARPA Simulator with two or more “ own ship and a number of others controlled by the instructor .

Each exercises will involved observing the movement of Ships seen on the radar, recognizing those presenting a threat of collision and taking action to avoid collisions. The methods by which the ARPA requires targets, track then and derives information on their movements will be covered in sufficient depth to allow an appreciation of the limitation of detection and accuracy, and the dangers of over reliance on ARPA.

Other aspects covered include the different types of ARPA in use and their various displays the content of IMO Resolution A.823 (19), A.477 (XII) and A.422 (XI).

The exercises will provide practice in the setting up the RADAR, the selection of operational alarms and ARPA facilities, and the use of these to derived information on other Ships, the movement, the ranges at closest points of approach (CPA), and the times to closest points of approach (TCPA), the recognition of potential threats, and the use of ARPA to determine the action to take to avoid close quarters situations in accordance with the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREG) and the subsequent monitoring of such action.

The trainees will assume the different role of the Bridge Watchkeeping Team, the role being rotated to allow each trainee an opportunity to act as master for some of the exercises.

Each exercise will be preceded by a session for briefing and planning and be followed by a group discussion led by the instructor to analyze the actions and decisions of the trainees.

OBJECTIVES The course has a high practical content, enabling the officer to evaluate navigational information derived from all sources, including radar and ARPA, in order to make and implement command decisions for collision avoidance and for directing the safe navigation of the ship.Trainees will extend the application of navigational and collision avoidance techniques studied and practiced at the operational (first certificate) level, including :

  • Appreciation of system errors and thorough understanding of the operational aspects of modern navigational system, including radar and ARPA
  • Blind pilotage techniques
  • Demonstrate the importance of the inter-relationship and the optimum use of all navigational data available for conducting navigation
  • Ensuring officer are ware of the value of effective bridge procedures an can make the best of the resources of the bridge team and equipment.

Simulation exercises will include :

  • bridge team management
  • collision avoidance
  • navigation and collision avoidance
  • search and rescue

Assessment is continual simulation, role-play and oral/written questioning. Successful candidate will receive an MCA approved certificate.

ENTRY STANDARDS The course is open to all licensed Marine Deck Officer who have completed a training in RADAR Navigation, RADAR Plotting and use of ARPA (IMO Model Course 1.07)
Code No. of Days Room Starting Day
AP 5 805 Per Schedule