Navigation Aids, Equipment and Simulator Training – Operational Level – NAEST (O)
The NAEST (O) course is designed to provide candidates with the skills to maintain safe navigation through effective use of electronic navigation systems.
NAEST training is a mandatory requirement for all MCA Certificates of Competency above OOW 500GT inclusive.
Pre- Course Requirements
There are no formal requirements for an operational NAEST course but candidates should be up to date with chartwork and IRPCS.
- Voyage planning, navigation and execution
- Electronic navigation systems
- Using information from electronic systems
- Radar, ARPA, AIS
- ECDIS – Generic and Transas Type Specific
- Introduction to Search and Rescue.
- Bridge management, watchkeeping and teamwork
The NAEST(operational) course makes extensive use of the full bridge simulator and takes place over 5 weeks as follows;
Weeks 1 & 2 – Navigation, Radar and Simulation
Weeks 3 & 4 – Further simulator training and high level exercises
Assessment and Certification
The ECDIS component of the course is assessed by way of a written examination and successful candidates will receive ECDIS Generic and Transas Type Specific certification.
The NAEST element is continuously assessed through simulator exercises with a final written examination.
Successful candidates will be awarded the STCW NAEST (O) certificate.
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