Bridge team management 

Despite having modern equipment on the bridge, accidents still occur. Poor Bridge Teamwork has often been cited as the main reason for these mishaps.

Despite having modern equipment on the bridge, accidents still occur.  Poor Bridge Teamwork has often been cited as the main reason for these mishaps.  This has compelled the maritime industry to have a second look at the navigation practices being followed at sea.  New ideas on effective Bridge Team Management are being explored.  IMTC has designed a course which is tailored to address these deficiencies.  A state of art full mission Norcontrol Polaris Ship Manoeuvring Simulator is used to bring various aspects of good bridge teamwork. The simulator exercises are designed to enhance teamwork and other aspects of resource management like challenge, response, authority, assertiveness, leadership and decision making including proper use of all available bridge equipments, etc. Oil majors and port state control inspectors have realized the value of such courses and now insist that all officers undergo training in Bridge Team Management.

It has become an industry requirement for an officer to undergo a 3 Days Bridge Team Management course.

Course Objective:


Use a Ship Manoeuvring Simulator to enhance Bridge Team Management skills of watchkeepers, so that :

          •  there is effective implementation of Bridge Procedures during navigational watchkeeping.
          • the bridge team gets a better understanding of Bridge Resource Management principles as stated in STCW section B-VIII/2.
          • the bridge team can respond efficiently to changing circumstances and contingencies.
          • proper use of all Bridge equipment under different situations.

Duration: 3 days


Suggested Target Group:

All Navigating Officers


Course Contents:

The course includes the topics given in the guidance regarding watchkeeping arrangements and principles as stated in STCW B-VIII/2 and further emphasizes on :

  • Trends in passage planning
  • Conducting a Bridge Team Meeting
  • The necessity of maintaining a countercheck on all decisions made by a Master, Pilot or OOW
  • Effective performance of the Bridge Team especially in difficult situations and in emergencies
  • Shallow water effects
  • Case studies





May 2015













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