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MARINE: SAMTRA's Bridge Course For Pilots


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THE Simons Town based SA Maritime Training Academy (SAMTRA) recently conducted its first Bridge Resource Management for Pilots course, which has been developed in accordance with the STCW 95 convention, IMO Resolution 960 and USCG Code of Federal Regulations.

This three-day course consists of theory instruction, case studies, and group work alternating with a number of bridge resource management simulator exercises focusing specifically on the role of the pilot.

The purpose of the simulator exercises is to illustrate and accentuate the Bridge Resource Management principles while developing the skills of the participants. The learning experiences are enforced through de-briefing and instructor led peer group discussions.

The course focuses on human factors, how they affect the performance of the pilot within a bridge team and the team’s effective operation of the vessel in its various environs. The objective is to increase knowledge, understanding and focus on how human factors affect the working of a vessel’s collective operation as well as the basis for developing and using BRM skills both in routine operations and in critical situations.

This is achieved through effective task organisation, planning, execution and controlling.

Simulation exercises and lectures cover the following aspects

Preparedness to respond effectively to changing circumstances within the Bridge operation.

Effective team operation and crew synergy.

Effective utilisation of integrated bridge systems and ECDIS.

Decision making strategies and situational awareness.

Working with multicultural crews.

The course covers the competence requirements as outlined in the STCW’95 convention, table A-II/2 and section B-VIII/2 part 3-1, as well as U.S. Code of Federal Regulations, 46 CFR 10.205 and 10.209 and IMO Resolution 960 (XXIII) Annex 1 Par 5.3.

This course has been accredited by the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA).

SAMTRA’s first course was attended by harbour masters and pilots from the Mauritian and Tanzanian port authorities.

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