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Safe Navigation in Confined Waters

Equip yourself with the necessary knowledge to carry out vessel passage planning and to execute pilotage in confined waters safely. Take part in carefully selected practical scenarios that will place everything into the context of a modern bridge for the ultimate 360° view of the topic. 


The Safe Navigation in Confined Waters course is available for purchase here.

right arrow 16 Course Description 

One of the most vital safety aspects while navigating the vessel is your ability to identify the dangerous areas accurately. Subsequently, you must be able to properly execute the voyage and stay well clear of such high-risk areas. Your ability to carry out these tasks is paramount in ensuring the safety of the vessel and the crew.

“Safe Navigation in Confined Waters” was developed with the guidance of Professor Capt. Ralph Becker-Heins and based on thorough research by experienced nautical authors. In a combined effort, we have selected the most critical elements of this subject to offer you the means of acquiring and refreshing your knowledge for safe navigation in confined waters.

right arrow 16 Target Audience

This course is suitable for all ranks of bridge officers including:

Cadets - who wish to connect their theoretical knowledge with real-life scenarios
Officers - who want to refresh what they learn when they acquired their CoC.
Masters - who want to have a fresh view on modern techniques of navigation in confined waters.

right arrow 16 Course Structure

Module 1 - Basics of Passage Planning

Module 2 - Digital Passage Planning

Module 3 - Confined Water Pilotage

right arrow 16 Prerequisites

Required: Basic nautical knowledge

NoteIt is not necessary for you to have a CoC as a navigational watch officer; however, an understanding of terrestrial and electronic navigation, especially the basic knowledge of ECDIS is strongly recommended. Additionally, practical experience onboard is an advantage, as this can help you make full use of the scenarios included in the course.

right arrow 16 Technical Requirements

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.

Supported Internet Browsers: 

Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft Edge

Operating Systems:

  • Microsoft Windows
  • Apple macOS
  • Linux,
  • Android
  • Apple's iOS
Important note: For optimized experience we suggest using a desktop browser.

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