1785 | Advanced Shiphandling

$3,750 USD

Course Type:
STCW ➜ Additional STCW courses
Training School:
Mid-Atlantic Maritime Academy
Norfolk, Virginia, United States of America
10 days


Any applicant who successfully completes the Advanced Shiphandling (MIDATL-22) course will satisfy the training requirements of 46 CFR 11.305(a)(3)(i) and 11.307(a)(3)(i) for STCW endorsements as Chief Mate or Master on vessels of 3,000 GT or more and 46 CFR 11.311(a)(3)(i) and 313(a)(3)(i) for STCW Code as amended 2010, endorsements as Master or Chief Mate on vessels of more than 500 GT and less than 3,000 GT.

The following practical assessments performed during this course have been determined to be equivalent of National Assessment Guidelines TASK’s, as documented in NVICs 10-14 and 11-14 Tasks For Master or Chief Mate on Vessels of 3,000 GT or More (Management Level) and 500 GT or More and Less than 3,000 GT (Management Level):

8.1.A; 8.2.A; 8.3.A; 8.4.A; 8.4.B; 8.5.A; 8.6.A; 8.7.A; 9.1.A; 9.2.A; 9.3.A; 9.4.A; 9.5.A; 9.6.A; 9.6.B; 9.7.A; 9.8.A; 9.9.A;
9.9.B; 9.10.A; 9.11.A; 9.11.B; 9.11.C; 9.12.A; 9.13.A; 9.14.A; 9.15.A; 9.16.A; 9.16.B; 9.17.A.

Applicants who have successfully completed this course need not present completed a “Record of Assessment” for these tasks in application for STCW certification.

The objective of the course is to provide students with theory and training in Shiphandling and in doing so will satisfy company, national and international regulations as stated in the Manila Amendments to the Standards of Training Certification and Watchkeeping (1978) as amended in Table A-II/2 Specification of minimum standard of competence for masters and chief mates on ships of 500 gross tonnage or more and Section A-II/2 Mandatory minimum requirements for certification of masters and chief mates on ships of 500 gross tonnage or more for competence in knowledge of the following:

Function: Navigation at the management level

Competence: Respond to navigational emergencies

Knowledge, understanding and proficiency:

  • Precautions when beaching a ship
  • Action to be taken if grounding is imminent, and after grounding
  • Refloating a grounded ship with and without assistance
  • Action to be taken if collision is imminent and following a collision or impairment of the watertight integrity of the hull by any cause
  • Assessment of damage control
  • Emergency steering
  • Emergency towing arrangements and towing procedure

Competence: Maneuver and handle a ship in all conditions

Knowledge, understanding and proficiency:

Maneuvering and handling a ship in all conditions, including:

  1. maneuvers when approaching pilot stations and embarking or disembarking pilots, with due regard to weather, tide, headreach and stopping distances
  2. handling ship in rivers, estuaries and restricted waters, having regard to the effects of current, wind and restricted water on helm response
  3. application of constant rate-of-turn techniques
  4. maneuvering in shallow water, including the reduction in under-keel clearance caused by squat, rolling and pitching
  5. interaction between passing ships and between own ship and nearby banks (canal effect)
  6. berthing and unberthing under various conditions of wind, tide and current with and without tugs
  7. ship and tug interaction
  8. use of propulsion and maneuvering systems
  9. choice of anchorage; anchoring with one or two anchors in limited anchorages and factors involved in determining the length of anchor cable to be used
  10. dragging anchor; clearing fouled anchors
  11. dry-docking, both with and without damage
  12. management and handling of ships in heavy weather, including assisting a ship or aircraft in distress; towing operations; means of keeping an unmanageable ship out of trough of the sea, lessening drift and use of oil
  13. precautions in maneuvering to launch rescue boats or survival craft in bad weather
  14. methods of taking on board survivors from rescue boats and survival craft
  15. ability to determine the maneuvering and propulsion characteristics of common types of ships, with special reference to stopping distances and turning circles at various draughts and speeds
  16. importance of navigating at reduced speed to avoid damage caused by own ship’s bow wave and stern wave
  17. practical measures to be taken when navigating in or near ice or in conditions of ice accumulation on board
  18. use of, and maneuvering in and near, traffic separation schemes and in vessel traffic service (VTS) areas

Recommended Study Material:

Navigation Rules International—Inland COMDTINST M16672.2D.Publisher Department of Transportation United States Coast Guard
Shiphandling with Tugs Second Edition by Jeff Slesinger 2008.
Vessel Traffic Systems First Edition by Charles W. Koburger, Jr. 1986.
Shipboard Bridge Resource Management by Michael R. Adams
Shiphandling for the Mariner, Fourth Edition Daniel H. MacElrevey and Daniel E. MacElrevey 2004.

Entry Requirements

Required Course Tools (Price reflects price purchased at the school):
1. Texas Instruments TI-30Xa Scientific Calculator $16.00

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