Meteorology (Operational Level) (OICNW) (STCW)

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QUALMI-316:  Meteorology (Operational Level) OICNW STCW 2010 Approved!

Course Length: 40 HOURS (5 DAYS)

Course Description:

Completion of this training will satisfy the Meteorology knowledge understanding and proficiency requirements as specified in Table A-II/1 of the STCW Code, as amended 2010; and the approved training requirements of 46 CFR 11.309(a)(4)(xiii) for certification as Officer In Charge of a Navigational Watch on vessels of 500 or more gross tonnage (ITC).

The following practical assessments performed during this course have been determined to be equivalent of the National Assessment Guideline Tasks as documented in NVIC 12-14 Guidelines On Qualifications for STCW Endorsement as Officer in Charge of the Navigational Watch on Vessels of 500GT or More; 1.9.A, 1.9.B, 1.10.A, 1.10.B, 1.10.C, 1.10.D, 1.10.E, 1.10.F and 1.10.G.

The following practical assessments performed during this course have been determined to be equivalent of the National Assessment Guideline Tasks as documented in NVIC 13-14 Guidelines On Qualifications for STCW Endorsement as Master or Officer in Charge of the Navigational Watch on Vessels of Less Than 500GT Limited to Near-Coastal Waters; 1.11.A, 1.12.A and 1.13.A.

This course of instruction is designed to familiarize and assist the trainee in becoming proficient to use and interpret recorded meteorology instrument information, gain knowledge of weather systems, reporting/recording procedures and be able to apply the available meteorological information to facilitate in maintaining a safe navigational watch on vessels of 500 or more gross tonnage (ITC) .  This training course includes the learning objectives for the following major topics:

Weather Elements

  • General description of the atmosphere and atmospheric properties; Major wind patterns; Air Masses and general circulation in the atmosphere; Local and regional weather phenomena; Visibility and Climatologic Atmospheric effects on light rays; The atmosphere and atmospheric electricity; and Weather analysis and forecasting.

Tropical Cyclones

  • Description and causes; Anatomy of tropical cyclones; Forecasting and predicting tropical cyclones; Avoiding tropical cyclones; Consequences of tropical cyclones

Weather Observations and instruments

  • Basic weather observations; Wind and waves; Clouds Other observations; Ship’s Weather Observations and Reporting;

Weather Routing and Services

  • Principles of weather routing

Practical assessments in determining barometric pressure; true wind speed & direction and; weather to be encountered using surface, upper air, and sea state analysis weather maps. The practical assessments conducted in this course will be accepted by the Coast Guard as equivalent of the National Assessment Guideline Task of NVICs 12-14 and 13-14 as indicated above.

Examination: One written examination consisting of 35 multiple choice questions and navigation problems is administered at the end of the course that requires a minimum passing score of 80%.

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