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Bridge Navigational Watch and Record-Keeping

Learn about the maritime principles and deck logbook entries when performing navigational watches in this free course.

Publisher: ADU
This free online course on performing a navigational watch and record-keeping emphasizes the importance of internalizing the ship's handling characteristics and bridge equipment. Get to study the basic obligations of the officer of the watch for the bridge and the use of electronic navigation aids during watchkeeping. By the end of this course, you will be better informed about recordkeeping and making correct logbook entries during watchkeeping.
Bridge Navigational Watch and Record-Keeping
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    3-4 Hours
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The master of the watch is responsible for making sure that the navigation watch is being done properly. The officer in charge of the navigational watch must comply at all times with the requirements of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, (SOLAS) 1974 and COLREG72. It is not sufficient to provide instruction, standing orders, night orders, and other directions. It is incumbent that he/she monitors the officers aboard to ensure all regulations, procedures and Bridge Resource Management techniques are being carried out correctly. This free online course, Bridge Navigational Watch and Record-Keeping, explains the basic knowledge required for ship handling by masters of the watch and chief mates. The course also emphasizes how essential knowledge of ship handling is gained from study, observation, and experience. Get to study the responsibilities of the master of the watch and chief officers onboard in understanding the ship handling characteristics of the assigned vessel.

Furthermore, the course illustrates the basic obligations of the officer in charge of the navigational watch in line with the SOLAS 1974. Learn about the need for the watchkeeper to station a person to steer the ship as well as having to put the steering into manual control. This needs to be done in good time to handle any potentially hazardous situation safely. You will then analyze the essence of having a detailed knowledge of COLREG 1972 by all watch officers at various levels. Moreover, this course will take you through the implementation of the provisions of the COLREGs 72 which requires experience, judgement and confidence. You will study the structure of the Collision Regulations designed to ensure that decisions are taken promptly when there is a risk of collision. You will get to explore the divisions of COLREG 72 into the respective parts and annexes.

There has been a rapid development of sophisticated navigational equipment including advances in RADAR capabilities. The accuracy and functionality of this equipment have increased considerably. This course illustrates the need for officers of the watch to have the proper certification for using such equipment. By taking this course, you will explore good navigation practices such as making regular checks. The course demonstrates instances when the officer of the watch must notify the master when in doubt of the suitable course of action for the safety of the ship. You will learn about the procedures for turning over and taking over the watch, along with how relieving duties should be carried out professionally. Finally, the course takes you through the process of record-keeping in navigational watches. You will explore the variety of records that are kept, especially the Deck Logbook and the types of entries made at sea. This free online course from Alison would be ideal for kickstarting your career in bridge navigational watches or if you simply have an interest in such maritime activities. So, go ahead and register for this course today to begin your next learning journey!

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