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The Navigation Aids, Equipment and Simulation Training course at operational level (NAEST (O)) offers comprehensive training in the competent use of navigation and electronic systems found on-board merchant vessels.
You will gain the knowledge and understanding required in the use of radar, ARPA, ECDIS, satellite navigation systems and other electronic navigation aids to monitor the safety of navigation.
Successful completion will form part of the overall competency package submitted to the MCA for the issuance of an Officer of The Watch Certificate of Competency (OOW CoC - unlimited). The course is based on MNTB criteria and approved by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).
There are no formal entry requirements, however, this course is aimed at trainee officers and experienced seafarers following a course of study leading to a Certificate of Competency as an Officer in charge of a navigational watch on ships of 500 gross tonnage or more.
The qualifications necessary for such seafarers to follow this route is 4 GCSE's grade 4 or above which should include mathematics, science and English or at least 36 months approved sea service aboard merchant vessels.
The course consists of 9 modules, each of which is both continuously and summatively assessed in both theory and practical application.
- Electromagnetic wave theory and propagation
- Hyperbolic navigation systems
- Global satellite navigation systems
- Electronic chart systems (ECDIS)
- Magnetic and gyro compasses, steering control systems, logs and echo sounders
- Radar and automatic plotting aids
- Automatic identification systems (AIS)
- Integrated bridge systems
- Maintaining a safe navigational watch
Teaching and Learning Methods
Training consists of formal delivery of the underpinning theoretical principles of each topic followed by increasingly more complex practice and practical application on both desktop bridge simulators and full mission visual bridge simulators.
Industry Placement and Field Trips
Other Costs and Equipment Needed
Accommodation, transfers and meals are not provided within this course.
Delegates are expected to provide their own writing and chartwork instruments.
All staff involved in the delivery of any courses within the College are approved to teach and/or assess the subjects and modules they deliver. The approval process ensures that staff delivering and/or assessing a given programme are appropriately qualified, with relevant technical and industrial experience and professional practice.
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Regulation and Accreditation
Accrediting Institution: N/A
Awarding Body: NONE
Terms and Conditions
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