12.07.2020
THE OPERATIONAL USE OF ELECTRONIC CHART DISPLAY AND INFORMATION SYSTEMS — MODEL COURSE 1.27

The ECDIS systems that are in common use today offer so many practical benefits if you compare this to the “old school”, i.e. conventional means of marine navigation. That is why the introduction of these systems is deservedly considered a great step forward on the way to the safer ship navigation. Now they are replacing the regular paper printed navigation charts on many vessels and this process is ongoing.

The subject systems are getting able to provide navigators with the commonly used functions and the developers keep adding new functions. The ECDIS are quire complex and technically sophisticated systems including numerous components such as the specific software, sensors, hardware, data etc. The navigators shall pay due attention to the working principles and arrangement of the system in order to avoid any malfunctioning that could lead to serious consequences.

That is the main reason for developing the present IMO Model Course which is intended to provide trainees with all information they need to know when operating the systems to make sure they will navigate with no danger to their own ship and to the other ships and marine environment. Have a good look in the content of this course and you will definitely improve your knowledge of ECDIS-aided navigation.

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17.05.2020
MEDICAL FIRST AID — MODEL COURSE 1.14

The present IMO Model Course has been developed for the candidates who will be providing medical first aid on board vessels and shall get prior training as per the relevant provisions of the STCW Code. The syllabus of the training course is covering all applicable requirements of the convention. The people who min the minimum competency standards will be considered competent and will be authorized to provide medical first aid should any illness or accidents take place on board.

The trainees taking subject course are expected to complete the Model Course 1.13 – Elementary First Aid which would provide the necessary essentials. The trainees will start with the information on the immediate action and the first-aid kits kept on board ships. After that the content of the course covers the structure and function of the human body, and various toxicological hazards commonly existing on board vessels. The examination of the patients has been addressed within a separate chapter.

Then, the different problems have been covered including but not limited to the spinal injuries, muscular injuries, heat and cold effects, scalds, burns, fractures and many others. Also, useful information on the pharmacology and sterilization has been included. Note that the volume also covers the cardiac, psychiatric and psychological issues.

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22.03.2020
ELEMENTARY FIRST AID — MODEL COURSE 1.13

The paragraph 2 of Section A-VI/2 of the STCW convention requires that all seafarers who are engaged or employed on board any vessel shall have successfully completed the basic training course in the elementary first aid before they can be assigned to their duties on board. This training shall be a part of any seafarer’s mandatory pre-sea course.

The course is intended to provide them with some essential preparedness for any hazardous and emergency situations they can face on their ship. The content of the training will enable them to take proper and timely action during the accident as well as medical emergency while they are waiting for the duly trained and professional person to arrive.

The main objective of the training is to get the trainees better familiarized with the accidents and injuries that commonly take place on board vessels together with the correct actions and established procedures to be applied in any particular situation. The trainees shall be able to conduct the proper assessment of the needs in any of the above stated situations. In addition to that, the training covers the essential instructions in personal hygiene and other important aspects and tips of healthy living.

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19.03.2020
RADAR NAVIGATION AT MANAGEMENT LEVEL (RADAR, ARPA, BRIDGE TEAMWORK AND SEARCH AND RESCUE) — MODEL COURSE 1.08

The ultimate aim of the present IMO Model Course 1.08 is to provide trainees with the knowledge and information required to meet the minimum established standards related to the seafarers competence in maintaining the safe navigation using the info obtained from the maritime navigation equipment installed on board as well as the systems intended to assist.

The content of the training course will give trainees the information on the proper use of the shipboard radar, AIS and ARPA/TT; they will also get to know more about the bridge teamwork and SAR operations. Note that the present course takes account of the other two courses, namely nos. 1.07 and 7.03, and we recommend that you check both of them for better training results.

The course also features the coverage of the analysis and application of the radar resources for the better management of decision making, paying due attention to the safety of navigation and effective SAR operations. The trainees who have successfully completed all parts of this course will be considered familiar and knowledgeable about all aspects of the radar navigation at management level, including the operation and use of all associated equipment.

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26.02.2020
RADAR NAVIGATION AT OPERATIONAL LEVEL — MODEL COURSE 1.07

This Model Course No. 1.07 consists of seven major learning topics. The first topic is the essential theory of the commonly used marine radar systems and gives the basic theoretical knowledge of the systems, which is obviously necessary for all radar operators. The second topic addresses the main operational skills of the systems, while the third one is dealing with the radar navigation and ship position fixing.

The manual plotting skills are dealt with in the fourth section, and the fifth section will cover the functions of the auto target tracking as well as the targets tracked by means of the AIS. The two last topics included in the course are devoted to the operational skills and, finally, the adherence to the provisions of the COLREG when the marine radar systems are used.

All trainees who manage to complete all sections of the present course and meet the applicable performance standards will be able to properly recognize when the marine radar systems shall be used and also perform correct selection of the modes and range settings. They will also get the understanding of the control settings for the best system performance and necessary awareness of the equipment limitations.

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23.02.2020
ADVANCED TRAINING FOR LIQUEFIED GAS TANKER CARGO OPERATIONS — MODEL COURSE 1.05

The present IMO Model Course 1.05 was developed specifically for the crew members of the liquefied gas tankers, from Master and chief officers to actually anyone responsible for the loading and discharging of the cargo, its handling and care whilst in transit, including cleaning of the cargo tanks and all other activities related to this.

The trainees who have successfully completed this program, will be considered fulfilling the mandatory training requirements as outlined in the STCW Convention, Reg. V/1-2 para 3. The coverage of this training course is impressive and includes the safety of the liquid gas tankers, fire prevention and fire extinction arrangements on board, control and prevention of the pollution of marine environment from the ships, and of course all established operational procedures and practices together with the applicable regulatory framework.

In fact it covers literally all training requirements. In addition to that, the training program also covers the important aspects of management on board, particularly risk assessment plus proper safety management and contingency planning in compliance with the relevant provisions of the International Safety Management Code.

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26.01.2020
BASIC TRAINING FOR LIQUEFIED GAS TANKER CARGO OPERATIONS — IMO MODEL COURSE 1.04

This is the official IMO Model Course No. 1.04 dealing with the basic training for the cargo operations carried out on board modern liquefied gas tankers. As this is the case with all other model courses, it is prepared in accordance with the STCW convention to meet the requirements of the A-V/1-2-1. First of all, the trainees will be given general information on the liquid gas tankers, their construction and general arrangement.

Then, they will proceed to the cargo operations, covering the onboard piping systems and associated valves, equipment used for the cargo handling, loading and unloading of the cargo as well as care during the transit, ESD, cleaning and purging of the cargo tanks etc. Since a good knowledge of the properties of the gases in definitely required for their safe handling, there is a separate chapter in the course addressing their characteristics and physical properties together with the temperature, pressure, generation of the electrostatic charge and chemical symbols.

Note that all above is only one of the parts included in this course. The publication will be extremely useful for all crew members of the tankers and particularly those directly involved in planning and performing the shipboard cargo operations.

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24.01.2020
ADVANCED TRAINING FOR CHEMICAL TANKER CARGO OPERATIONS — MODEL COURSE 1.03

The main objective of the present training course is to provide the trainees with all required guidance to make sure they get duly qualified as per the STCW Code Sec. A-V/1-1 paragraph 3, taking into account the specific duties associated with the loading and discharging of the cargo as well as handling chemical cargoes during the transit. The course is made on the basis of the training program developed specifically for the crew members of the chemical carriers.

Due attention was paid to the safety on board chemical tankers, measures to be effected for the prevention of fires and pollution to the environment; the course also addresses the established safe practices for operation together with the all applicable regulations and rules. The competence requirements dictated by the STCW Code 1-1-3 have been covered.

The content of the program deals with the familiarization with the normally used equipment and controls you will find on the chemical tankers, proper planning techniques and use of the relevant check sheets, safe procedures, acquisition of the due experience to identify the problems and solve them, assistance with and coordination of the appropriate response measures in case of the emergency etc.

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