Monday, June 29, 2009

Watchstanding Situational Awareness

From Manu's scripts

Losing the Plot

The determination of risk of collision is a basic navigational skill. Equally basic at sea is situational awareness and the ability to keep track of dozens of vessels in congested waters, including oftentimes numerous fishing vessels and to interpret information, all in real time. This is bread and butter stuff; a watchkeeper who cannot master this, and be right all the time, is simply unfit to keep independent watch.

It is therefore dismaying that this basic skill is found wanting in more than a few navigating officers at sea today.

Continue reading Manu's Scripts: Losing the Plot


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