MSI Offers 21 MarineSafety Training Courses For 1986

—Free Catalog Available MarineSafety International (MSI), located in the Marine Air Terminal at LaGuardia Airport in New York City, recently issued a catalog of 1986 simulator training courses for deck and engineering officers. Twenty-one simulatorbased training courses in five categories are listed and summarized as follows.

A. Using the Full-Mission Ship Simulator: 1. "Shiphandling and Maneuvering in Restricted Waters," for masters, pilots, chief mates and deck officers. Optional areas of emphasis: shiphandling, bridge team management, watchkeeping, shiphandling for pilots and docking. Two to four persons—three to five days.

2. "Valdez and Prince William Sound," U.S. Coast Guard accredited course for geographic familiarization and VLCC shiphandling.

Five-day course includes USCG radar endorsement if desired. Two to four persons—three to five days.

3. "Approaches, Moorings and Breakaways at Single Point Moorings and Storage Vessels," for masters, chief mates and other deck officers. Various size vessels can be maneuvered and moored in the Loop, Hondo, and similar areas.

Two to three persons for three days; four persons for five days.

4. "Shiphandling and Piloting in the St. Lawrence Seaway," uses two types of seaway vessels—120 miles of difficult sections of the Seaway.

Four persons for five days. Four levels of courses based on trainees' past experience. Two to four persons— three to five days.

5. "Canal Shiphandling and Piloting in Panama and similar areas," for apprentice to experienced levels.

Lock approaches with oblique and parallel walls—shiphandling in narrow channels with passing ships.

Two to four persons—three to five days.

6. "Refresher Course—Tug-Towboat Handling," maneuvering a barge in a river or harbor with twinscrew tug in notch, on hip or with tow—emphasis on handling emergencies.

One to six persons (min.

class)—two and a half days.

7. "Shiphandling for MPS Missions," for deck officers assigned to Military Prepositioned Ships (MPS) or similar MSC operations.

Includes approaching and stationkeeping on a fleet oiler during UNREP, making and leaving anchorages at low speed with restricted water and current, and four point mooring operations. Three to five officers—three days.

B. Using a combination of the Full-Mission and Restricted Visibility Bridge (RVB) Simulators: 1. "Advanced Shiphandling for Naval Officers," special courses for aviation and surface warfare officers— includes close-in shiphandling, underway replenishment and docking. Two to 10 officers—three to five days.

2. "Risk Reduction," shiphandling and maneuvering using both the ship and restricted visibility bridge simulators with concentration on past accident situations.

Four to eight persons—five days.

3. "New Masters' Course," for chief officers taking their first ship as master or for experienced masters who have been on extended leave. The three- to five-day ship maneuvering course provides USCG equivalency for raise in grade (proposed USCG rules allow for such simulator courses as acceptable to the Commandant), USCG radar renewal, ROR refresher and Seaspeak instruction groups of six to 12 officers, as few as one from a company.

4. "Refresher Course—Close-in Shiphandling Emergencies," an intensive short course for masters and chief mates emphasizing reactions to unexpected and vessel-threatening situations—selected vessels and geographic areas—two to six persons (min. class)—two and a half days.

5. "Refresher Course—Close-in Shiphandling for Pilots," short course emphasizing unexpected situations— selected ship types and geographic areas. Can also be used for evaluation of apprentice pilots and senior pilots—two to six per- sons (min. class)—two and a days.

half C. Using the Interactive RVB Simulators: 1. "Radar-ARPA," five-day course for masters and chief officers ranging from a refresher on rapid radar plotting and parallel indexing to maneuvering a vessel in fog or rain squalls in restricted waters with traffic congestion. Includes coverage of the weaknesses of various systems.

This course includes USCG radar endorsement if desired and stated in advance—meets forthcoming USCG and IMO requirements for ARPA license endorsement— two to eight persons—five days.

2. "Advanced Radar-ARPA Refresher," this short course is intended for officers who are experienced in the use of ARPA systems.

Simulator exercises are more com- plicated and emphasis is on extreme situations. Two to six persons— three days.

3. "Radar Observer Endorsement Renewal," one day renewal course including practical and written test—radar plotting practice and maneuvering decision-making on interactive ship's bridges. Meets IMO, USCG, Canadian, Liberian and other national standards. One to eight persons—one day.

D. Using the LNG Cargo Handling Simulator: 1. "LNG Cargo Handling Familiarization"— for ship's officers, terminal personnel and Coast Guard inspectors—uses LNG cargo handling simulator. Six to 10 persons— Ave days.

2. "Advanced LNG Cargo Handling," for ship's officers who will be responsible for gas handling. Uses LNG cargo handling simulator. Six to eight persons for 10 days.

E. Using the full-environment Engine Room Simulator: 1. "Steam Turbine Power Plant Familiarization," provides masters and chief mates with appreciation of engine or power failures and consequences.

Uses full engine room simulator.

Four to eight persons for three days. Can be integrated with shiphandling courses.

2. "Emergency Decision-Making for Engineers," troubleshooting and handling emergencies for experienced engineers. Uses full engine room simulator (diesel or steam) and individual computerized troubleshooting practice—also includes round-table discussions on advanced topics with experts. Six to eight persons for 10 days.

3. "Recognizing and Responding to Emergencies for Second and Third Assistants," watchstanding and handling emergencies in the full engine room simulator (diesel or steam)—maximizes hands-on experience.

Limited to four persons— five days.

4. "Refresher course—Engine Room Emergencies," decision-making practice for chief and first assistant engineers. Uses full engine room simulator (diesel or steam).

Two to six experienced engineers (min. class)—two and a half days.

For more information and a copy of the 1986 catalog from Marine- Safety International, Circle 15 on Reader Service Card

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