Navigation Aids and Equipment Simulator Training

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October 2015


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The MNTB in consultation with the MCA has developed these specifications for the approval of education and training programmes covering the use of ARPA, ECDIS, AIS simulator training. It also includes the radar endorsement criteria for holders of Boatmaster’s Licences and ships of limited size.

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The requirements for certification as officers in charge of a navigational watch, chief mate and master are set out in Chapter II of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978 (STCW Convention), as amended (Manila Amendments) and corresponding sections of the STCW Code.

Candidates for the above certificates must complete approved education and training and meet the standards of competence specified in the STCW Code.

Within such programmes, evidence of candidates’ competence in the safe use of shipboard navigational aids and equipment must be obtained from approved simulator training. The MNTB believes that this is best undertaken in conjunction with complementary training in navigation, human element, leadership and management, and the principles to be observed in keeping a safe navigational watch. The purpose of this document is to give guidance to those designing and delivering training programmes as to how this can be achieved.

The MCA has agreed that the guidelines in Sections One, Two and Three of this document will meet the standards in the Convention where simulators are used for demonstrating and assessing competence in the function of navigation at operational and management levels, including mandatory radar, automatic radar plotting aids (ARPA), electronic chart display and information systems (ECDIS), automatic identification systems (AIS) training. (Ship handling and manoeuvring at operational and management levels and search and rescue at operational level are not covered by these guidelines[1]).

Section Four covers mandatory training for holders of Boatmasters’ Licences requiring radar endorsement, and additional training for other seafarers serving in ships of limited size requiring familiarisation or updating/refresher training in the use of radar and other electronic navigation systems.

Section Five provides a copy of the IMO performance standards for the use of simulators for training and assessment.

The MNTB is a voluntary body and a part of the UK Chamber of Shipping, the trade association for the UK shipping industry. We work closely with shipping and ship management companies, nautical educational establishments and organisations, seafarer trade unions, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and industry organisations with an interest in seafarer education and training.

The MNTB provides the link to government departments and bodies involved with the shipping industry as well as those involved with the UK skills agenda and education and training developments.  This includes the Department for Transport (DfT), the Department for Business, Innovation, and Skills (BIS), and UK education regulatory authorities and bodies.  The MNTB works closely with the Maritime Skills Alliance to achieve joint aims with partner organisations in the maritime sector.

We carry out a wide range of careers promotion activities through our ‘Careers at Seabrand.  This is currently under expansion to encompass the full range of careers activity at sea and within the shipping industry ashore and the wider maritime sector.

Title: Navigation Aids and Equipment Simulator Training
Number of Volumes: 1
Edition: First
Number of Pages: 67
Product Code: WS1484K
ISBN: ISBN 13: 978-1-85609-703-1 (9781856097031), ISBN 10: 1-85609-703-X (185609703X)
Published Date: October 2015
Binding Format: Paperback
Book Height: 300 mm
Book Width: 210 mm
Weight: 0.40 kg

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