safe navigation

Dangers of using cell phones on bridge

An Officer of the Watch is responsible for keeping watch on the bridge to ensure the safe navigation of the ship based on a pre-defined Passage plan as approved by Master.  In this regard, the decision making process is vital during his/her watch as the final decisions reflect directly on the safety of the vessel.  

BRM: Avoiding the Single Point of Failure

The fundamental principal in Bridge Resource Management (BRM) is that vessel navigation and operation is not one-man show. BRM makes use of all available resources onboard (equipment, information, human resource) to ensure the safe completion of vessel’s voyage. Likewise in all operating systems, the navigation and handling of vessel should be protected by a single point of failure.

Procedures: A guide to safe passage planning

Voyage planning is a key element of Bridge Resource Management forming the foundation the bridge team will use to ensure the vessel’s safe transit along its intended route. A voyage plan (or passage plan) is a comprehensive, berth to berth guide, developed and used by a vessel’s bridge team to determine the most favorable route and identify potential hazards along the route.

Proper ECDIS settings in navigational waters

Industry stakeholders have discussed a lot about the pros and cons of paperless navigation concluding that ECDIS does have an edge over the traditional paper chart navigation. However, the question for the navigating officers remains the same. Can they steer the vessel, following a pre scheduled passage plan, avoiding grounding?

Bridge Procedures: Mandatory actions during ECDIS setup

In todays shipping industry, it is beyond doubt that ECDIS has become the main tool for watchkeeping officers on board ships. As a result the Masters, navigating officers, and ship-owners should be aware of the benefits of the chart display, the safety settings, and the alarm system of ECDIS.

Bridge Procedures: How to ensure vessel’s proper steering gear testing

A sudden operational failure of equipment or technical systems on board may result in a hazardous situation, that equipment or system is considered critical. In this Bridge Procedure article, we are going to explain why the steering gear is one of the most critical systems on a vessel and how to ensure vessel’s proper testing in the steering gear system. 

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