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Manoeuvring and Control of Marine Vessels

This free online course on the various Maneuvering methods of vessels and calculations of the rate of turn of a vessel.

Publisher: ADU
This free online course on the Introduction to Manoeuvering and Control of marine vessels teaches you about the principles of ship handling. You will learn about different manoeuvring methods and procedures. Also, learn about the concept of traffic separation schemes (TSS), and some of the terms associated with TSS. You will learn about vessel traffic services(VTS), its services as well as how to calculate the rate of turn and squats of a vessel.
Manoeuvring and Control of Marine Vessels
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    3-4 Hours
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Introduction to Manoeuvring and Control of Marine Vessels is a free online course that begins by introducing you to Ship control methods. In this course, you will learn about ways to help improve safety at sea by providing the learners with knowledge for the safe operation of ships in confined and coastal waters. You will also learn about berthing and unberthing operations in different weather/sea conditions. The aim of this course is to enable learners to develop their skills and understand the principles and practices of ship handling. This course comprises two modules alongside various topics which have been broken down with accompanying media illustrations to give you a comprehensive understanding of the different manoeuvring methods. The course will also explain manoeuvring procedures and manoeuvring safety. This course teaches you about the effects of external forces on vessels and the external factors that affect vessel handling. The course will explain the concept of Kempf manoeuvre, weave manoeuvre, unberthing manoeuvres, and berthing Manoeuvres. You will learn how to berth and unberth a ship under various conditions of wind and current. This course also highlights the effect of loading, effects of tugs and bend.

This course then explains traffic separation schemes (TSS) as a maritime traffic management route system ruled by the international maritime organization. It illustrates some of the terms associated with TSS such as traffic lane, separation zone or line, and inshore traffic zone. You will also learn about the precautionary areas and give an explanation of these areas. You will also be introduced to vessel traffic services (VTS) which are shore-side systems which ranges from the provision of simple information messages to ships. The course will teach you about the position of other traffic or meteorological hazard warnings, and extensive management of traffic within a port or waterway. This course highlights the purpose of VTS, high traffic density, and traffic carrying hazardous cargoes. You will learn about conflicting and complex navigation patterns, as well as difficult hydrographical, hydrological and meteorological elements. You will also learn about shifting shoals and other local hazards and environmental considerations amongst others as the generally appropriate areas for VTS. It also highlights traffic organization service, Information service and navigational assistance service as some of the services offered by the VTS. This course explains the constant rate of turn and shows how to calculate the rate of turn of a vessel.

Furthermore, this course explains squats as the reduction of clearance between the keel and the seabed. It highlights the causes of squats and the formulae for calculating squat open water, canals/ prismatic channels and rock cuts /diametric channels. Also, it highlights some of the factors governing ships squat and how the effect of squats influence ships in restricted water. The course outlines the use of bank suction and cushion effects to advantage in a current. It explains the causes and effects of interaction between vessels which is caused by the changes in pressure. You will also learn about the interference between the pressure fields that surround ships. Also, this course outlines overtaking and the head-on encounter as the two situations which occurs when vessels are passed during the interaction. It explores the precautions to be taken during interaction such as Interaction precautions in narrow channels, when manoeuvring at close quarters and when stopping in shallow basins. This free online course will be of great interest to students, researchers, and anyone with an interest in manoeuvring and control of marine vessels. So, register for this course and start your next learning journey today.

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