This model course coming under 7.02 number covers four functions, as detailed below. Officers who have completed the course, satisfactorily passed the associated examination and also gained the required experience in watchkeeping, will be considered prepared to take the full responsibility for the vessel's safety and safety of the passengers on board, crew members and cargo being transported.

The officers will also be fully aware of their obligations according to the requirements outlined in the international conventions and agreements related to the safety and marine environment protection. Moreover, they will be duly familiar with and prepared to take any necessary practical measures to meet these obligations. One combined training course was prepared for both second - and chief engineer officer.

The training material has been set out in a way allowing it to be run separately. As mentioned above, the content has been arranged in four functions, and these functions are the marine engineering, maintenance/repair, ship control and operation and care for the people on board, and electrical/electronic/control engineering - all dealt with at the management level. A really good and useful volume for those willing to get familiar with the arrangement of this model course, pre-requisite training and skills, scope and purpose, etc.​

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This IMO training course is covering all training recommendations as outlined in the Annex III to the IMO Assembly Res. A. 703 (17) - it has been revised in order to fully meet the updated technical requirements of the Radio Regulations 2012.

Trainees who have completed the present course and passed the prescribed exam will be able to properly operate the shipboard GMDSS equipment in the efficient manner and carry the primary responsibility to these communications at the time of the routine-, safety-, urgency- and distress incidents.

The authors of the course have decided to include some training in techniques to avoid any unintentional transmission of the false alerts, taking into account numerous very serious problems that have already been experienced in GMDSS because of the many false distress alerts. Some basic knowledge of the maritime radio communications is considered a pre-requisite to this course. The learners are also expected to have some very basic computer skills.

Every person who is performing the radio duties on board a ship or considered to be in charge, shall be a holder of a valid GMDSS certificate satisfying the applicable provisions of the Radio Regulations of the ITU. The training material contained in the present course is addressing all GMDSS aspects.

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The declared objective of the present model course is to meet all minimum requirements that are mandatory and apply to the knowledge, as well as understanding and proficiency in Table A-II/1 of the STCW Convention, for three functions, namely navigation, proper handling and stowage of the cargo transported, and controlling the ship's operation and care for the persons onboard at the operational level.

The first functional element is giving quite detailed technical knowledge in order to provide the outcomers of the training with required support relating to the passage planning and determining the position of the vessel by means of the celestial, terrestrial, and also coastal navigation, echo sounding devices, speed measurement, meteorology and other methods, plus maintaining a safe watch, use of ARPA and radars, as well as the AIS and ECDIS, plus proper responding to the distress and emergency signals, use of the IMO SMCP, exchange of the information by means of the visual signals, ship maneuvering etc.

The section two provides the required knowledge about the loading and stowage of the cargoes, their securing, plus inspecting of the cargo and reporting on any defects that have been revealed in the course of the inspection. Finally, the last part is mainly dealing with the compliance with various applicable requirements, operating of the LSA, fire prevention, control, fighting, maintaining the seaworthiness of the vessel etc.

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The present IMO model course is mainly intended for the ship officers willing to be certified and chief mate and master on vessels having a gross tonnage of five hundred tons or more. All entrants should have already completed a pre-requisite course on the minimum standards that is required for certification as the officer-in-charge of a navigational watch on the vessels of same size.

In contrast to this Model Course 7.03, the present course is covering the navigation, cargo handling and controlling the operation of the vessel and people care not at the operation but at the management level. In general, the declared purpose of all IMO model courses is to help all training institutes together with their teaching staff to better introduce ad properly organize the new courses and also improve the existing materials.

Again, the Table A-II/2 of the STCW Convention is being referred. The background technical knowledge supporting the tasks, relevant duties and associated responsibilities are listed in the appropriate sections of the training program and are more or less similar to the Model Course 7.03; however there are some differences and you would better go through the contents of each publication to have a clear picture. 

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