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About this course

Investigations into marine casualties consistently indicate that a major factor in their causes is a weakness in bridge organisation and management. 

This programme is designed to promote good bridge team management by providing students with the opportunity to experience and analyse various navigational scenarios and explore procedures that assist in the safe conduct of the vessel.

The course is designed for bespoke company training. We run it for a minimum and maximum of four candidates. 

We can personalise the training to suit company specific needs. This may be by using specific 'own ships' or constructing exercises and particular areas or circumstances. A customer's own log books, checklists etc can also be provided. 

What you'll learn

This course concentrates on passage planning skills and bridge management techniques. The combination of these essential skills will enable you to recognise the importance of proper planning, threat assessment, effective communications and good teamwork. You will also learn to identify and break developing error chains. The issues of incorporating a pilot into the bridge team are also investigated. 

On completion of training, you should be able to:

  • appraise and formulate a detailed passage plan,
  • execute the passage plan and demonstrate a sound understanding of proper bridge team management, and
  • demonstrate understanding of key principles, including the need for good teamwork, the importance of developing skills and confidence of junior officers, the importance of team briefings, the need for good management of all available resources, good internal and external communication procedures, the role of a pilot as part of a bridge management plan, and the role of the engine room staff in the team.

Please see our Covid-19 statement and guidance for those attending maritime training and certification courses and exams at Solent University from week commencing 6 July 2020.

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  • Prerequisites

    Minimum six months' experience as a watchkeeping deck officer.

Course availability

Please contact admissions for course availability and to book.

Contact us

Please contact the admissions team if you require more information about this course.

Online bookings will be confirmed with joining information within one working day of the booking being made. Confirmation of payment should be received in the normal way.

Please ensure that you follow the booking process and do not enter payment details more than once, unless you are booking more than one course. If you experience any issues, please email

Admissions Team

Normal office hours are (UK time):

08.30 - 17.00 Monday to Thursday
08.30 - 16.30 Friday