Advanced Watchkeeping (Management Level)  $995.00


QUALMI-27: Advanced Watchkeeping (Management Level) STCW Code 2011 Edition Approved!


Course Description:

This course is approved by the Coast Guard as satisfying the Advanced Watchkeeping (Management Level) training requirements to establish watchkeeping arrangements and procedures as specified in Table A-II/2 of the STCW Code, as amended, for certification as Master and Chief Mates on ships of 500 or more gross tonnage (ITC).  Included in this course is a thorough review of the COLREGS and analysis of decision-making in complex traffic situations. Use of case studies and simulations to reinforce the lessons learned.  Active discussions allow students to explore collision avoidance options that are most effective. Comprehensive study of the navigation rules and regulations including purpose, technical provisions and application. Provides a comparative study of the international (COLREGS) and inland (U.S. domestic) rules with emphasis on practical interpretation and application.

Topics covered in this course include:

  • Risk Assessment and Risk Analysis; Decision Making; Keeping a Safe Navigational Watch; Bridge Team Management; Keeping an Anchor Watch; Keeping a Watch In-Port; and COLREGS72 & U.S. Inland Navigation Rules

Entry Standard – This course provides training to mariners seeking a certification as Chief Mate or Master (Management Level) on vessels of 500 or more gross tonnage (ITC). Candidates should have a valid STCW-95 certification as an Officer in Charge of a Navigational Watch or have evidence of successful completion of a BRM & Watchkeeping (Operational Level) course.

Examination, Exercises and Assessments:  Two written examinations:

  1. Navigation Rules of the Road (COLREGS) – 50 questions – 45 correct/90% passing
  2. Bridge Team Management and Watchkeeping – 30 questions – 21 correct/70% passing

Practical exercises and assessments will be conducted as follows:

  • Bridge Watchkeeping Safety Study – A study of the detailed evidence of 65 collisions, near collisions, groundings and contacts that occurred between 1994 and 2003, involving merchant vessels of over 500GT.
  • Watchkeeping – The students will observe own ship’s performance along a pre-planned route, and decision making for collision avoidance maneuvers within each simulation exercise which will include:
  1. Monitoring of vessel traffic with radar/ARPA and AIS data
  2. Apply the rules of the road to avoid collision**
  3. Controlling the speed and direction of the ship
  4. Identifying vessels by light configurations**
  5. Identifying vessels by day shapes**
  6. Determining risk of collision**
  7. Monitoring the passage plan as executed
  8. Decision making regarding own ship maneuvers in complex circumstances

The above practical assessments denoted with ** include the practical assessments in this course which will be accepted as the equivalent of the following assessments from the National Assessment Guidelines for Table A-II/2 of the STCW Code, as amended: M-4-1A, M-4-1B, M-4-1C and M-4-2A. Applicants who have successfully completed this course need not present completed “Control Sheets” for these assessments in application for STCW certification.

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