Courses - A Brief Outline

The Warsash Maritime Academy Shiphandling Centre offers various courses, which are briefly discussed below, and full details on each course are given on this website.

  • Standard Course - 5 Day Course (36 Hours) Monday to Friday. This a non-mandatory course recognised by the MCA, and meets the principles laid down in section A-II/2 and B-V/a of STCW 95 as amended, regarding the training for Masters and Chief Officers of large ships.

    To enable Pilots, Masters and officers to develop their existing skills and understanding of the behaviour and handling of ships with special emphasis on slow speed control. This will be achieved through a concentrated period of exercises in the manned ship models supported by a programme of lectures and instruction. Special situations encountered within the sphere of operations of a course participant may be incorporated into the programme.

    Whilst there are no prerequisites this course is designed for Pilots, Masters and senior deck officers. It is ideal for a pilot during his training or who has recently been authorised, or for a Chief Officer who will soon be promoted to Master. It also provides an excellent opportunity for experienced pilots and masters to revise and improve their skills. The above does not preclude any certificated deck officer from attending the course and gaining valuable knowledge and experience.

    • Advanced Course - 5 Day Course (36 Hours) Monday to Friday. This course is for experienced pilots. It's content will be customised to meet individuals requirements and aspirations. Significantly, the course addresses more advanced issues of ship handling.

      Whilst there are no prerequisites, the course is designed for experienced pilots and senior mariners who have previously completed a manned model ship handling course and wish to further develop their skills.

    • Twin Screw Course - 2 Day Course (20 Hours), Monday to Wednesday or Wednesday to Friday.

      To enable pilots, masters and officers to develop their existing skills and understanding of the behaviour and handling of twin screw ships, with special emphasis on slow speed control.  This will be achieved through a concentrated period of exercises in the manned models supported by a programme of lectures and instructions.  Special situations encountered within the sphere of operations of a course participant may be incorporated into the programme.

      Prerequisites - There are no prerequisites for the course although it is designed primarily for pilots, masters and senior officers who wish to further enhance their knowledge of the behaviour and handling of twin screw ships either with inboard or outboard turning propellers

    • Pilots Combined Course - 5 Day Course (40 Hours), Monday to Friday. Three Days in manned models, followed by two days in the full mission ship's bridge simulator to provide continuing professional development for pilots. They are able to extend their knowledge and expertise, with particular reference to special situations encountered within their sphere of operations. This course maximises the opportunities provided by these two complementary training media. It can be customised in time and content to meet particular requirements. Prerequisites - For authorised maritime pilots.
    • Pilots Professional Development - 2 Day Course (20 Hours), Monday to Wednesday or Wednesday to Friday. This course is primarily for experienced pilots who wish to further their knowledge of shiphandling techniques or who may wish to investigate or experiment with different scenarios and as such will be tailored to suit the individual. This may include working with twin screw vessels of either inward or outward turning propellers or different utilisations of tugs including escort towage in direct or indirect mode.

      Whilst there are no prerequisites the course is designed for experienced pilots who wish to further their knowledge of shiphandling.

    • Pilots Emergency Procedures Course - 2 Day Course (20 Hours), Monday to Wednesday or Wednesday to Friday.

      To enable participants to develop their skills and understanding of the principles and practices of ship handling with emphasis on emergency procedures and manoeuvres which includes steering, engine and bow thruster failures. The course will be tailored to suit individual students and may also include interaction and escort towage principles using radio controlled tugs if required.

      There are no prerequisites for attending although the course is designed primarily for serving marine pilots.

    • Shiphandling Appreciation - 2 Days (16 Hours). This course is for shore based manager, senior managers and executives with responsibility for marine operations. The content is tailored to meet their special requirements and aspirations and significantly, addresses fundamental ship handling principles.

    Courses can also be developed for customers individual requirements. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

    Course Outline

    Manned Models are a form of simulation and, as such, are subject to some limitations and differences compared with a real ship, which have to be taken into consideration :-

    • Time - Due to the scaling factor, ship handling manoeuvres are carried out in a shorter timescale than the real ship (or a real time ship simulator). This permits each participant on the course to conduct a large number of individual berthing and channel manoeuvres, including re-runs when difficulty has been experienced. It also means that an individual has to think very quickly and thus the concentration and observation that is important to the ship handler is emphasised.

    • Speed - The scale of the model also means that speed is low in real terms. The scaling factor is the square root of the scale. Therefore on a 1:25 scale model the scaling factor is 5, so if one is doing 1 knot in the model, this equates to 5 knots on the real ship. Therefore, if approaching the berth with 0.5 mile to run making good 1.5 knots, this will equate to 7.5 knots on the real ship, much too fast !In fact an approach speed at this type of distance needs to be down to 0.1 - 0.2 knots equating to 0.5 - 1.0 knot on the real ship. It is therefore quite normal for course participants to experience problems on the first day in adjusting to this low scale speed. These problems, however, are overcome relatively quickly as excessive approach speeds are very obvious and the results are often spectacular !

    • Distance - The need to estimate distance is a fundamental factor in establishing correct approach speed, and can be aided by using "ships lengths" as a yardstick. At the pre exercise brief, the candidate will be given a chart of the lake with the course and an indication of distance to run marked up.

    • Wind - The wind cannot be scaled, but the lake has been laid out to give optimum berth and channel protection from various wind directions. Even in gale conditions areas of calm can be found behind screens of trees and hedging, where useful exercises can be conducted. The effect of wind on a ship is an integral objective of a shiphandling course and it is not advantageous to work exclusively in calm conditions. Every effort is made however, to start with basic manoeuvres in sheltered waters. As individual participants progress they will be subjected to stronger winds to concentrate on specific objectives in this subject area. Instructors will endeavour to conduct shiphandling operations in the most appropriate scaled wind conditions for a particular objective.

    • Briefings / Debriefings - All participants will be fully briefed by their instructor before each exercise commences to enable them to formulate an exercise plan. Once an exercise is underway the instructor remains on the jetty (or in an accompanying launch) and does not intercede unless absolutely necessary. This is to avoid breaking the concentration required during the exercise and allows participants to learn, if necessary, by observing the results of his actions. When the exercise is completed, a comprehensive debriefing is conducted on the quayside to discuss the results. Such debriefs are considered to be a most important part of the course.

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    Standard Course

    Advanced Course

    Twin Screw

    Pilots Combined Course

    Pilots Professional Development

    Pilots Emergency Procedures

    Shiphandling Appreciation

     

     
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