Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation (VPEN)  

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QUALMI-545: Voyage Planning & Electronic Navigation (VPEN) STCW Code 2011 Edition Approved!

COURSE LENGTH:  35 HOURS (5 DAYS)

Course Description:

The goal of this 35-hour (5-day) training course is to provide the attendee with knowledge, understanding and proficiency in appraising and planning an ocean and coastal voyage, and using bridge electronics such as GPS, Gyro Compass and Autopilot in executing and monitoring the voyage plan.

The Voyage Planning and Electronic Navigation (VPEN) course, when combined with an approved ECDIS course taken within one year of each other, will meet the STCW competencies for Advanced Navigation (Management Level) training and learning objectives to Plan and Conduct a Passage and Determine Position, and the assessment requirements for Chief Mate and Master licenses applicable to vessels greater than 500 gross tons (ITC).

The practical assessments completed as part of the VPEN course satisfies the Advanced Navigation assessment task numbers M-1-1A, M-1-1B, M-1-2G, M-1-2H, M-1-2I, M-1-4A, M-2-1A, M-2-1C, M-2-1D, M-2-1E, M-2-1F, M-3-1A and M-4-2A as set out in NMC Policy Letter 04-02 and as delineated in Table A-II/2 of the STCW Code, As Amended 2010. This training program places a heavy emphasis on the practical knowledge of topics including:  Magnetic and Gyro Compasses; Mercator and Great Circle Sailings; Global Positioning System (GPS)/Differential GPS; Steering and Control Systems; Integrated Bridge Systems (IBS) and; Voyage Planning and Navigation.

This course is principally intended for candidates with previous certification as operators or officers in charge of a navigational watch. Prior to enrolling in this course, the trainee should have completed several years at sea and have gained experience in bridge watchkeeping. This course is designed for qualified 1600GT mates, Third and Second mates who wish to upgrade their USCG License to Chief Mate or Master. Only individuals who have maritime navigation experience should attend this course.

Examination and Assessment: One written examination consisting of 30 multiple choice questions, which requires a minimum passing score of 70 percent.

Practical Assessment:

  • Apply Compass Error to Magnetic Course
  • Apply Compass Error to Magnetic Bearings
  • Apply Compass Error to Gyrocompass Course
  • Determine Magnetic and Gyro Compass Error by Terrestrial and Celestial Methods
  • Great Circle Sailing between a Point of Departure and Point of Arrival
  • Mercator Sailing – Course & Distance and Final Destination
  • Create a Navigation Plan for a Coastwise Voyage
  • Position Reporting Systems
  • Coordinate Search & Rescue Operations

Use of electronic aids to maintain the safety to navigation and demonstrate the ability to correctly perform the following:

  • Ability to determine the ship’s position by use of electronic navigational aids: GPS.
  • Ability to use the features and functions of electronic navigational aids: GPS.
  • Ability to determine the ship’s position by use of electronic navigational aids: DPGS.
  • Ability to determine risk of collision.
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