Bridge Watchstanding Simulation Training Course
- To enhance the potential third mate's decision-making skills as they apply to traffic and voyage-planning situations.
- To sharpen the cadet's bridge watchstanding skills to the highest level prior to graduation.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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,