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Radar Observer and the use of ARPA – Management Level

Radar Observer and the use of ARPA – Management Level
Course Information
Course requirement STCW compulsory
Duration in hours 38
STCW references A-II/2, A-VIII/2 – 3.1, B-I/12 i B-VIII/2 – 3.1

The course aims to provide the training in the basic theory and use of radar and ARPA in accordance with the requirements of STCW Code.

The course is designed for all Chief Officers and Masters who are in charge of navigation and bridge team leaders, as well as pilots.

Those successfully completing this course will be able to make efficient and effective use of radar as a navigational aid in congested, confined waters recognise potential threats and make valid navigational and collision-avoidance decisions based on sound radar observation and plotting in compliance with the International Regulations for Preventing Collision at Sea (COLREG). They will be aware of the time needed to appreciate that a dangerous situation is developing, to decide upon and take appropriate action, and to ascertain that such action is adequate and does not give rise to further conflicts with other vessels. They will also realize that excessive speed in poor visibility reduces the time available to assess a threat and to take appropriate action. Ability to plan, organise and manage a bridge team, making use of all navigational data, will also be achieved.

Successful completion of this course will also provide ability to respond to, co-ordinate and execute search and rescue operation.

The course is open to seafarers who have a minimum 24 months watchkeeping experience as officer in charge of navigational watch and be in possession of a valid Radar Observer and the use of ARPA – Operational Level certificate.

The course takes full account of the detailed outline set in D.15. part of the Regulation on ranks and certification of seafarers (Official Gazette Montenegro number 55/2013).
The course is fully compliant with the IMO Model Course 1.08.

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