Navigation Aids and Equipment Simulator Training, 2nd Edition (eBook)

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August 2018

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The publication provides criteria for the development of courses to deliver training in navigational aids and equipment simulator training, in accordance with international regulations for seafarer training.

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This aim of this publication is to help create training courses that provide seafarers with the knowledge and skills needed to help keep a safe navigational watch and to use radar, ARPA, ECDIS, AIS and other electronic aids to maintain the safety of navigation. Training courses developed in line with these criteria will cover:#


  • Navigational aids and equipment simulator training: operational level
  • navigational aids and equipment simulator training: management level
  • ARPA simulator training
  • small ship navigation and radar course.


The specifications described in this document have been developed by the Merchant Navy Training Board (MNTB) in conjunction with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) and satisfy MCA requirements for approved training.


Use of simulators in training and assessment
Conditions for MCA approval of short courses


Section One: Navigation aids and equipment simulator training - operational level
Annex A: Outcomes
Annex B: Radar and ARPA simulator training
Annex C: Guidelines on simulator exercises
Annex D: Equipment specification
Annex E: Specimen certificate
Annex F: Specimen certificate – (ECDIS only)
Annex G: Training and assessment in the operational use of electronic chart display and information systems (ECDIS)


Section Two: Navigation aids and equipment simulator training - management level
Annex A: Training programme and simulator exercises
Annex B: Equipment
Annex C: Assessment requirements
Annex D: Specimen certificate


Section Three: Automatic radar plotting aids (ARPA) simulator training
Annex A: Specimen certificate


Section Four: Small ships navigation and radar course
Annex A: Training programme
Annex B: Principles of operation of electronic position fixing systems and radar
Annex C: Specimen certificate 59


Section Five: IMO performance standards for the use of simulator for training and assessment

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.


The Merchant Navy Training Board (MNTB) in consultation with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) has developed these specifications for the approval of education and training programmes. It is the responsibility of those providing training to design appropriate programmes and to obtain MCA approval for them.


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).


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 Merchant Navy Training Board is the shipping industry’s central body for promoting and developing sector specific education, training and skills.

Title: Navigation Aids and Equipment Simulator Training, 2nd Edition (eBook)
Edition: Second
Product Code: WS1640EA
Published Date: August 2018
Binding Format: Paperback
Book Height: 300 mm
Book Width: 210 mm
Author: MNTB

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