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Further Information - Best Navigational Practices Training


Who is the course for?

This Best Navigational Practices Training course is suitable for all officers involved in the navigational watch.

Is previous experience required?

Previous navigational knowledge is recommended but is not required to complete this course.

How will the course benefit me?

By providing a well-rounded view of best navigational practices to ensure safe navigation.

How will the course benefit my company?

By improving the way officers combine equipment and human elements on the bridge to reduce the risk of incidents.

What standards are referenced in the course?

• The International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS)

• The International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW)

• The International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL)

• The International Regulation’s for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGS)

• IMO Resolution A.893(21) Guidelines for Voyage Planning

• IMO Resolution A.999(25) Guidelines on Voyage Planning for Passenger Ships Operating in Remote Areas

• Vessel Inspection Questionnaires for Oil Tankers, Combination Carriers, Shuttle Tankers, Chemical Tanker and Gas Tankers (VIQ)

Is there an assessment?

Once you have completed the course, you will be asked a series of questions to check your knowledge and understanding. These are based on the learning objectives for the course and have a pass mark of 70%.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe legal considerations and preparations required for voyage planning
  • Explain the core aspects of creating a voyage plan
  • Demonstrate how safety settings are determined
  • Identify what additional information a voyage plan requires
  • Explain the risk of over-reliance on any one system and how it can be avoided
  • Identify how alert management assists a safe watch
  • Demonstrate best practices for safe manning and watchkeeping
  • Describe how the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea should be integrated into the navigational watch
  • Demonstrate anti-grounding measures required during the voyage
  • Explain the importance of bridge resource management


End of course assessment with a 70% pass mark.

System Requirements

• Internet access - users will need a device with a web browser and internet connection

• System - runs on computers, tablets and mobile devices using Windows 7 and above and MAC OS devices running IOS 11 and above

• Browsers - Edge, Chrome, Firefox and Safari

• Minimum browser size - none

• Audio - requires device speaker or headphones