Navigation Aids, Equipment and Simulation Training (NAEST) (Operational Level) (STCW A-I/12)

Duration 35 Days (7 weeks)

Prerequisites Seatime required for first OOW (Deck) CoC in accordance with STCW Regulation II/1

Assessment Delegate’s performance and understanding is continuously assessed throughout the Course by use of end of module examination and practical assessment in the simulators.

Teaching Classroom theory based sessions followed on by practical navigational exercises in LJMU’s navigation or ship handling simulator.

Accreditation/Approval MCA as per the Section A-I/12 of the STCW Code governing the use of simulators for training and assessment and the MNTB standard for NAEST Operational Course.

Course Description

This is an MCA approved mandatory course aimed at Deck Officers seeking their FIRST certificate of competency (at operational level) in accordance with Regulation II/1 of the STCW Convention.

The course provides the candidates with the knowledge and skills fundamental to keeping a safe navigational watch at sea. The topics covered therefore include the use of Radar, ARPA, ECDIS, AIS and all other navigational equipment commonly found on modern ships. 

Main topics covered in this course include:

  1. Principles of electromagnetic waves, propagation and signal conditioning;
  2. Use of hyperbolic navigation and electronic position fixing systems;
  3. Use the Electronic Chart Display Information System (ECDIS);
  4. Use magnetic and gyro compass, steering control systems, speed distance measuring equipment and marine echo sounders;
  5. Use marine radar and automatic radar plotting aids (ARPA) and take appropriate action in accordance with the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea;
  6. Use Automatic Identification Systems (AIS) in support of safety of navigation;
  7. Effective bridge resource management, leadership and teamwork skills in open and confined waters, plan and conduct a passage, respond to navigational emergencies, manoeuvre the ship and maintain a safe navigational watch;
  8. Capabilities and limitations of Integrated Bridge Systems (IBS).

Upon successful completion of Course, candidates will be issued with a course completion certificate which can be submitted to the MCA to obtain an OOW (Deck) CoC.

Note: The course duration is 6 weeks for those candidates who have passed their radar plotting module separately at the Liverpool John Moores University. For more information or to register for this course, please get in touch with us.