This course provides training in the basic theory & use of automatic radar plotting aids (ARPA) for those who will be in charge of a navigational watch in vessels equipped with ARPA, satisfying the training requirements of the following: 46 CFR 11.305(a)(3)(vi); 46 CFR 11.307(a)(3)(vi); 46 CFR 11.309(a)(4)(xiv); 46 CFR 11.311(a)(3)(viii); 46 CFR 11.313(a)(3)(viii); 46 CFR 11.315(a)(3)(v); 46 CFR 11.317(a)(3)(vii); 46 CFR 11.319(a)(4)(viii); and 46 CFR 11.321(a)(3)(vii).
The following practical assessments performed during this course have been determined to be equivalent of National Assessment Guidelines Tasks, as documented in NVIC 12-14 Guidelines On Qualifications For STCW Endorsements of Officer in Charge of a Navigational Watch on Vessels of 500 GT or More: 3.5.A 3.6.A~M.
Applicants who have successfully completed this course need not present completed Task Control Sheets for these assessments in application for STCW certification.
The course combines lecture with extensive hands-on practice using an online Radar/ARPA simulator*. The methods by which the ARPA acquires targets, tracks them & derives information on their movements will be covered in sufficient depth to allow an appreciation of the limitations of detection and accuracy, and dangers of over-reliance on ARPA.
Other aspects covered include the different types of ARPA used & their various displays; the content of IMO resolution A.422 (XI) – Performance standards for automatic radar plotting aids; tests for the malfunctioning of equipment; the effects of inaccuracies in the input of course & speed; the selection of speed input to the ARPA; & the response of the system to changes in course & speed of “own ship” or target.
Exercises will provide practice in setting up the radar, the selection of operational alarms & ARPA facilities, & the use of these to derive information about other ships, i.e. the movement, the ranges at closest points of approach (CPA), & the time to closest points of approach (TCPA), the recognition of potential threats, & the use of ARPA to determine the action to take to avoid close quarters situations in accordance with the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREG 1990) & the subsequent monitoring of such action.
This course is delivered on NEMO°, our learning management system followed by a final examination being administered in our USCG approved HALO Examination software and an assessment. You will receive 3 attempts for both exams. If you fail all 3 attempts of either exam, you must pay a retake fee of $25.00 for that exam.
PRICE: $600.00 USD