D6B - ARPA AND RADAR OBSERVER - Operational level
Scope (Target audience): The course is conducted in accordance to
the minimum training standard requirements of STCW '95 in Table A-II/1 and is
based on the guidance on training in radar observation and plotting and in the
operational use of ARPA in Section B-I/12 and on the guidelines of IMO Model
Course 1.07. Course provides training in the basic theory and use of radar and
is principally intended for candidates for certification as officers in charge
of a navigational watch.
Objective: A trainee successfully completing this course will be
able to recognize when radar should be in use; will select a suitable mode and
range setting for the circumstances; will be able to set the controls for
optimal performance and will be aware of the limitations of the equipment in
detecting targets and in terms of accuracy. When within range of the coast, the
trainee will be able to compare the radar display with the chart, select
suitable conspicuous land targets and use these targets to fix his position.
The trainee will also be aware of the need to maintain a continuing plot of
ship targets which may pose a potential threat of collision; and trainees will
be able to derive from the plot the necessary information about other ship's
courses, speeds and nearest approaches to enable action to be taken in ample
time, in accordance with COLREG to prevent a close-quarters situation arising.
- Basic theory and operation of marine radar system
- Set up and operate radar in accordance with manufacturer's instructions
- Perform manual radar plotting
- The use of radar to ensure safe navigation
- The use of radar to avoid collisions or close encounters
- Describe an ARPA system
- Operate an ARPA system
- Identification card or passport
- Minimum secondary school education report card
- Medical fitness certificate not older than 12 months
Note to client: After successful completion of the course and
examination candidates will receive Radar Navigation, Radar plotting and use of
Arpa-Operational level certificate.