The objective of this course to be aware of all of the factors affecting the maneuvering and handling of ships. They will be able to plan berthing or anchoring procedures, taking account of prevailing conditions of wind and tide and their own ship’s characteristics, and to make use of assisting tugs when necessary. They will, after having gained seagoing experience or training on a ship-handling simulator, also be able to handle a ship so as to minimize the risk of damage or stranding resulting from heavy weather. Officers will be aware of the dangers to be encountered when navigating in ice or conditions of ice accumulation on board and the precautions to take for the safety of the ship and crew.
The safety precautions before entering enclosed or potentially contaminated spaces will be understood and applied.