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For collision avoidance, it is important to receive information on the navigational situation in general, and specific information on certain ships in particular. This course covers the principles of radar plotting and the best practices of ARPA use. The training course has been based on the book “Radar Basics” written by Volker Wenzel and Marcus Wöster.
Plotting the target information provided by the ship’s radar can be done manually or automatically by an electronic plotting aid, better known as ARPA. As electronic plotting aids are integrated in modern marine radar systems, manual plotting has almost no relevance in practical navigation anymore. However, having a basic knowledge of manual radar plotting leads to understanding the working principles of an electronic plotting aid and helps in understanding the limits of automated radar plotting.
The aim of the course is to enhance the knowledge of radar plotting to build skill and confidence in the use of ARPA during collision avoidance manoeuvres, while being aware of limiting factors.
Officers who are looking for an easy-to-follow supplement or refresher to their radar and ARPA courses and anyone requiring knowledge of the general features of radar.
Module 1: Target Plotting
Module 2: ARPA
Module 1: Provides an overview of available target information and how it is used during the target plotting.
Module 2: Builds on the plotting theory and its implementation into ARAP to enhance the learner’s capability during collision avoidance manoeuvres.
Required: Basic nautical knowledge.
Note: It is not necessary for you to have a CoC as a navigational watch officer; however, an understanding of terrestrial and electronic navigation is recommended.
Course Access: 90 days
Timeframe: Approx. 1 hour and 23 min
Certificate: Yes (valid indefinite)
Strong Authentication: No
Daily test attempts: 2
Min % of progress on GuideMe to access TestMe: 70%
Min % of passing the TestMe: 70%
Total test time: 60 min
We recommend the use of a wired internet connection when taking this course. Connection via mobile internet is also possible; however, it is considered unstable and might cause the failure of your exam.
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