Basic Shiphandling

Held in: Lagos, Nigeria & Houston Texas, USA.


The Simulator Basic Ship Handling Course is designed to meet the ship handling competency requirements

for officers in charge of a navigational watch on ships of 500 gross tonnes or more as stipulated in Table A-­‐ II/1 of the STCW Code.

The design of the course assumes that the students are:

  • licensed as per national/ STCW requirements, and
  • have a good understanding of the English language.


The objective of this course will be accomplished over five training days. Individual Performance Objectives

(PO) to be achieved are:

  • PO 100 – Maneuver vessels with a variety of steering and propulsion arrangements. b. PO 101 – Maneuver vessels under a variety of load conditions;
  • PO 102 – Maneuver vessels in both deep and shallow water including conditions where squat is experienced;
  • PO 103 – Maneuver vessels in under a variety of wind and current conditions;
  • PO 104 – Maneuver vessels and conduct procedures for recovery of persons overboard;
  • PO 105 – Maneuver vessels in order to come to anchor, and to conduct basic mooring procedures.

Method of Achieving Objectives

Candidates will receive presentations on key knowledge and theoretical maneuvering principles/ ship handling phenomena followed by practical simulation sessions where this knowledge must be applied to practical maneuvering. The course is designed to capitalize on the full capabilities of FMS/ PTT as an illustrative, developmental, and assessment tool.

Course Management Details

The course will be conducted at the designated Training Institute. The environment will be classroom and the FMS/ PTT. The optimum number of students is four, maximum eight and minimum two. The desired instructor to student ratio is 1:4. A typical schedule is contained in Annex A. Assessment. Students are assessed based on their ability to complete practical assignments related to each PO.

Course Duration

5 days.

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