Bridge Resource Management
This course is practical and theoretical and consists of a series of exercises performed on a ship handling simulator. Classroom lectures, to provide the necessary theoretical background for the exercises, are included. Particular items dealt with in these lectures are illustrated either by including them as part of an exercise or by a separate simulator demonstration. Bridge teamwork is dealt with either as interactive Computer Based Training (CBT) or lecture.
Exercises are controlled by an instructor and, initially, allow the trainees to become familiar with the equipment, the controls and the instrumentation provided by the simulator. This exercises increase in complexity as the course progresses and as trainees become familiar with the manoeuvring characteristics of the ship model and its response to the engine and helm in various conditions. The final exercises deal with the planning and execution of a coastal passage from port to port and will make use of the knowledge and skills learned in all of the previous to afford trainees practice in taking emergency preventive action and to practice on bridge watch keeping team, the roles being rotated to allow each trainee an opportunity to act as master for some of the exercises. Each exercise will be preceded by a session for briefing and planning ad be followed by debriefing.
Trainees wishing to enter the couse should have a minimum of six month watch keeping exercises as Officer-in-Charge of a navigational watch and should also have completes a course of training which meets or exceeds the standard set out in IMO Assembly resolution A.483 (XII), Training in radar observation and plotting (see IMO Model COurse 1.07).