Bridge Resourse Management (operational level)(А-ІІ/1, А-І/12 п .п. 1,2, A-VIII/2 ч. 3, ч.4, ч.4-1, B-I/12 п. п. 68-69, В-VIII/2 ч. 4-1).

navigational watch
  • Students: 8
  • Duration: 40 hours

Bridge Resourse Management – operational level

The purpose of this course is to develop practical skills and gain experience in bridge resourse  management. Listeners who have completed the course should be qualified to manage the resources of the watch for the efficient operation of the vessel in various weather conditions, in both normal and emergency situations. To create an environment as close as possible to the real world we use the simulators with an appropriate software.

Course objectives

The course developers have set themselves the task of training highly professional specialists for the efficient management of the navigation watch composition on the bridge. Students receive theoretical training in:

  • features of the use of navigation and steering systems in manoeuvring the vessel;
  • application of navigational equipment;
  • using of the electronic mapping and radio communications;
  • application of the information navigation system.

After a theoretical material, practical exercises are carried out on a simulators aimed at strengthening theory and practical skills. The simulator is able to simulate situations that require in-depth understanding of wind, currents and many other factors.

In addition to the technical aspect of the issue, great attention is paid to training in the skills of interaction between the participants in the process and the creation of a friendly atmosphere on the bridge. Separate classes are devoted to pilotage work and interaction with shore teams in mooring operations.

Course content

The full course takes 40 hours so it contains only the most important aspects. After repeating the basic principles of ship handling, the listeners  are acquainted with the machine and begin to work out the standard ship maneuvers on it. Further challenges are complicated by the influence of wind, current and shallow water. All actions of the participants are thoroughly reviewed and evaluated in the final training on each topic.

In parallel with the practical exercises, theoretical questions of planning both the flight as a whole and its individual maneuvers are considered. Training is given to calculate the burden on crew members and to assess the consequences of possible overwork. Particular attention is paid to the influence of the human factor on decision-making and possible methods of correcting errors.

Requirements for trainees

Applicants for the “Bridge Resourse  Management course must meet the following requirements:

  • be at least 18 years of age;
  • meet health requirements;
  • have appropriate education in the specialty of «Navigation»;
  • take the course «(Radar Navigation, Radar Plotting and Use of ARPA », in accordance with the requirements of Model Course 1.07, before starting the course;
  • to be trained in the current curriculum which is in line with the amended STCW Code.