This course provides training in the basic theory and use of radar for officers in charge of a navigational watch. It is based on the guidance on training in radar observation and plotting and in the operational use of ARPA in Section B-1/12 of the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978, as amended in 1995 (STCW 1995). This model course aims to meet the minimum training standards in Table A-II/1 of STCW 1995. This guidance superseded the recommendations annexed to Resolutions A. 482(XII) adopted by IMO in 1981.
The trainee successfully completing the course will be able to recognize when radar should be in use; select a suitable mode and range setting for the circumstances; set the controls for optimal performance; and be aware of the limitations of the equipment in detecting targets. When within range of the coast, the trainee will able to compare radar display with the chart, select suitable conspicuous land target and use these targets to fix his position.
Basic Theory and Operation of the Marine Radar System
Setting up and Operation of Radar
Manual Radar Plotting
Use of Radar to Ensure Safe navigation
Use of Radar to Avoid Collision or Close Encounters
OIC Navigational Watch and have completed a minimum period of six months at sea and preferably have gained some experience of bridge watchkeeping.
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