Advanced Shiphandling (MEMACE-22)   |    $3,445.00


2022 Dates
This hybrid course, online coursework followed by an on campus assessment, will be available Fall 2022.


Minimum 2 | Maximum 18

80 hour hybrid course, online coursework with on campus assessment

Course Description
This Chief Mate to Master course will provide students with practical theory and understanding of shiphandling in various maneuvering situations encountered while navigating a vessel.  Students will apply lecture material to practical simulator exercises designed to meet the assessment standard of this course. This functional element provides detailed knowledge to support the training outcomes related to the Navigation at the Management Level of  Advanced Shiphandling. Specifically this training satisfies national and international regulations as stated in the 2010 Manila Amendments to STCW (1978) as amended in Table A-II/2 Specification of minimum standard of competence for masters and chief mates on ships of 500 gross tonnage or more and Section A-II/2. Mandatory minimum requirements for certification of masters and chief mates on ships of 500 gross tonnage or more for competence in knowledge of the following:

Function: Navigation at the management level

Competence: Respond to navigational emergencies; Maneuver and handle a ship in all conditions

Knowledge, understanding and proficiency:

  • Precautions when beaching a ship
  • Action to be taken if grounding is imminent, and after grounding
  • Refloating a grounded ship with/without assistance
  • Action to be taken if collision is imminent and/or following a collision or impairment of the watertight integrity of the hull by any cause
  • Assessment of damage control
  • Emergency steering
  • Emergency towing – arrangements and towing procedure
  • Shallow water effects
  • Vessel Docking
  • Anchoring/Dragging Anchor

Maneuvering and handling a ship in all conditions, including, but not limited to:

  • Emergency Steering
  • Maneuvers when approaching pilot stations and embarking or disembarking pilots, with due regard to weather, tide, head-reach and stopping distances
  • Handling ship in rivers, estuaries and restricted waters, having regard to the effects of current, wind and restricted water on helm response
  • Application of constant rate-of-turn techniques
  • Maneuvering in shallow water, including the reduction in under-keel clearance caused by squat, rolling and pitching
  • Interaction between passing ships and between own ship and nearby banks (canal effect)
  • Docking and undocking under various conditions of wind, tide and current with and without tugs
  • Ship and tug interaction
  • Use of propulsion and maneuvering systems
  • Anchoring, choice of anchorage; anchoring with one or two anchors in limited anchorages and factors involved in determining the length of anchor cable to be used
  • Dragging anchor; clearing fouled anchors
  • Dry-docking, both with and without damage
  • Management of and handling of ships in heavy weather, including assisting a ship or aircraft in distress; towing operations; means of keeping an unmanageable ship out of trough of the sea, lessening drift and use of oil
  • Navigating near ice
  • Precautions in maneuvering to launch rescue boats or survival craft in bad weather
  • Methods of taking on board survivors from rescue boats and survival craft
  • Ability to determine the maneuvering and propulsion characteristics of common types of ships, with special reference to stopping distances and turning circles at various draughts and speeds
  • Importance of navigating at reduced speed to avoid damage caused by own ship’s bow wave and stern wave
  • Practical measures to be taken when navigating in or near ice or in conditions of ice accumulation on board
  • Use of, and maneuvering in and near, traffic separation schemes and in vessel traffic service (VTS) areas

USCG Approval:
Those who successfully complete our Advanced Shiphandling (MEMACE-22) course will satisfy the training requirements of 46 CFR 11.305(a)(3)(i) endorsement as master and 11.307(a)(3)(i) for STCW endorsements as chief mate on vessels of 3,000 GT or more and 46 CFR 11.311(a)(3)(i) endorsement as master AND 11.313(a)(3)(i) endorsement as chief mate for STCW Code, as amended 2010, on vessels of more than 500 GT and less than 3,000 GT.  The Advanced Shiphandling standards of competence required by 46 CFR 11.305(a)(2), 11.307(a)(2), 11.311(a)(2), 11.313(a)(2), and 11.315(a)(2); AND the Advanced Shiphandling standards of competence required by STCW Code Section A-II/2 and Tables A-II/2 as amended 2010, meeting the National Assessment Guidelines from NVIC 10-14(Ch-2) TASK’s, as documented in NVICs 10-14 (Ch-2) and 11-14 (Ch-2) Tasks 8.1.A; 8.2.A; 8.3.A; 8.4.A; 8.4.B; 8.5.A; 8.6.A; 8.7.A; 9.1.A; 9.2.A; 9.3.A; 9.4.A; 9.5.A; 9.6.A; 9.6.B; [NVIC 10-14(Ch-2) only] 9.7.A; 9.8.A; 9.9.A; 9.9.B; 9.10.A; 9.11.A; 9.11.B; 9.11.C; 9.12.A; 9.13.A; 9.14.A; 9.15.A; 9.16.A; 9.16.B; 9.17.A; AND STCW Code Section A-II/2 and Tables A-II/2 as amended 2010, meeting the National Assessment Guidelines from NVIC 03-18 Tasks 8.1.A, 8.2.A, 8.3.A, 8.4.A, 8.5.A, 8.6.A, 8.7.A, 9.1.A 9.2.A, 9.3.A, 9.4.A, 9.5.A, 9.6.A, 9.7.A, 9.8.A, 9.9.A, 9.9.B, 9.10.A, 9.11.A, 9.11.B, 9.11.C, 9.12.A, 9.13.A, 9.14.A, 9.15.A, 9.16.B, and 9.17.A.


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