• the importance of developing the skills and confidence of junior members of the team,
  • the need for good management of all available resources (i.e., personnel,equipment, and time),
  • good external and internal communication procedures,
  • the need to identify the development of an error chain and to break such a chain,
  • the importance of traffic management, particularly in confined waters,
  • the role of the engine-room staff in the team, and
  • the risk factor in an anticipated operation and in the development of good risk management procedures.


On completion of the exercise, participants will have:

  1. Appraised and planned a complex, confined-waters passage including departure from an anchorage, a difficult turn, and traffic management.
  2. Planned for contingencies, emergencies, and an emergency anchorage.
  3. Discussed and planned for the integration of the pilot into the bridge team—including correcting any deficiencies in this area highlighted by exercises 4 and 6, as applicable.
  4. Conducted an effective ship/pilot exchange of information—in particular, how the ship is to maneuver when leaving the anchorage.
  5. Monitored the vessel's position closely when leaving the anchorage and supported the pilot accordingly.
  6. Recognized and dealt with various developing traffic situations in accordance with the collision regulations.
  7. Maintained the vessel's progress in accordance with the passage plan.
  8. Maintained the vessel on the planned track in a narrow channel in strong cross-tides and winds.
  9. Responded effectively to an emergency.
  10. Brought the vessel to an emergency anchorage.

The master will have briefed his team and will have:

  1. Conducted an effective master/pilot exchange.
  2. Demonstrated his or her ability to make command decisions.
  3. Shown situational awareness and anticipation in dealing with traffic situations and in conducting the navigation in a difficult, narrow channel.
  4. Responded decisively to an emergency situation.
  5. Delegated navigational tasks effectively.
  6. Gained experience in the command role of a bridge team.

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