Bridge Watchstanding Simulation Training Course


  1. To enhance the potential third mate's decision-making skills as they apply to traffic and voyage-planning situations.
  2. To sharpen the cadet's bridge watchstanding skills to the highest level prior to graduation.


  1. Understand the maneuvering capability of own ship (a 40,000 deadweight ton tanker) and amounts of rudder required for various maneuvers, including:
  • rudder orders,
  • rudder response time,
  • heading change rate and its time dependency,
  • engine speeds and vessel maneuvering,
  • engine orders,
  • engine response time and limitations (diesel versus steam),
  • speed change and its time requirements, and
  • effect of environment (wind, current, etc.) on shiphandling.
  1. Understand the importance of monitoring and assessing traffic situations and identify collision risks as it applies to:
  • a real-world application of the COLREGSs in clear and restricted visibility,
  • proper use of VHF communications,
  • the need to maintain an efficient lookout and to take visual bearings to determine drift,
  • clear and concise reports to the master using relative bearings and drift,
  • timely and substantial alterations of course,
  • special circumstances and ambiguous rules-of-the-road situations,
  • how to maneuver the vessel in extremes.
  1. Keep a safe navigation watch in coastal waters and while approaching a pilot station as it pertains to:
  • importance of reading and complying with standing and night orders,
  • monitoring all bridge equipment and responding to malfunctions,
  • proper transfer of the watch and proper log-book entries,
  • communications (inter and intra).
  • preparation of vessel for port arrivals and departures,
  • preparation of passage plan and monitoring progress of vessel in accordance with the plan,
  • identifying situations when the master must be called,

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