Assessment OICNW-2-2B

Keep a safe navigation watch

Assessed in MT-4253 Watchkeeping using Full-Mission Bridge Simulator


On a ship underway or a full mission ship simulator during an exercise at sea.

Performance Requirements

Behavior Standard
The student will: During assessment, the student shall, at a minimum:

Properly keep a safe navigational watch in accordance with STCW Code Section A-VIII/2, Part 3-1, Paragraph 23 to 50.

  1. The voyage plan was closely and continuously monitored.
  2. A proper look out was maintained by all available means.
  3. A safe speed was maintained through out the watch period.
  4. Position, course and speed were checked at frequent intervals.
  5. The steering mode selected was appropriate to the area being transited.
  6. Under keel clearance was suitable for the draft of the vessel at all times.
  7. Course changes were made in accordance with the voyage plan.
  8. The vessel’s position was fixed and plotted on an appropriate chart at intervals suitable to the vessel’s speed and the area being transited.
  9. The identity of critical aids to navigation in sight is determined.
  10. More than one method, including electronic and other navigational equipment, external fixed aids, geographic reference points, and hydrographic contours, is used to fix the vessel’s position and check the accuracy of fixes.
  11. Radio equipment was frequently checked and functioning properly.
  12. The risk or danger of collision with each approaching vessel is determined and early and substantial action is taken in accordance with the COLREGS.
  13. Rudder and engine orders were executed as ordered.
  14. The validity of the gyro input to all navigation equipment is verified
  15. Gyrocompass error was determined by any available means and the error was logged.
  16. Magnetic variation and compass deviation were correctly applied to courses and bearings.
  17. The candidate determined the person steering the vessel was competent to do so.
  18. Tide and current conditions for the watch period were determined in coastal or tidal waters.
  19. Set and drift were determined and applied to allow for set and drift.
  20. The weather conditions at the ship were correctly and timely recorded and reported as required.
  21. Running lights were checked throughout the watch period.
  22. The master was notified as directed by all master’s or standing orders.
  23. All required log entries were made.

Supports Table A-II/1 officer in charge of a navigation watch

Competence Knowledge, Understanding & Proficiency Task

Maintain a safe navigational watch

A2.2 Thorough knowledge of the Principles to be observed in keeping a navigational watch

Keep a safe navigation watch

Published: 2016-10-28-04:00