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Bridge Resource Management

Course Length: 24 hours
Price: $600

Bridge Resource Management (BRM) or as it is also called Bridge Team Management (BTM), is the effective management and utilization of all resources, human and technical, available to the Bridge Team to ensure the safe completion of the vessel’s voyage. BRM focuses on bridge officers' skills such as teamwork, team building, communication, leadership, decision-making and resource management and incorporates this into the larger picture of organizational and regulatory management. BRM addresses the management of operational tasks, as well as stress, attitudes and risk. This is a non-simulator based course. Masters and officers in charge of the navigational watch must be aware of the need for continuously reassessing how bridge-watch resources are being allocated and used, based on bridge resource management principles such as the following:

  1. a sufficient number of qualified individuals should be on watch to ensure all duties can be performed effectively;
  2. all members of the navigational watch should be appropriately qualified and fit to perform their duties efficiently and effectively or the officer in charge of the navigational watch should take into account any limitation in qualifications or fitness of the individuals available when making navigational and operational decisions;
  3. duties should be clearly and unambiguously assigned to specific individuals, who should confirm that they understand their responsibilities;
  4. tasks should be performed according to a clear order of priority;
  5. no member of the navigational watch should be assigned more duties or more difficult tasks than can be performed effectively;
  6. individuals should be assigned at all times to locations at which they can most efficiently and effectively
    perform their duties, and individuals should be reassigned to other locations as circumstances may require;
  7. members of the navigational watch should not be assigned to different duties, tasks or locations until the officer in charge of the navigational watch is certain that the adjustment can be accomplished efficiently and effectively;
  8. instruments and equipment considered necessary for effective performance of duties should be readily available to appropriate members of the navigational watch;
  9. communications among members of the navigational watch should be clear, immediate, reliable, and relevant to the business at hand;
  10. non-essential activity and distractions should be avoided, suppressed or removed;
  11. all bridge equipment should be operating properly and if not, the officer in charge of the navigational watch should take into account any malfunction which may exist in making operational decisions;
  12. all essential information should be collected, processed and interpreted, and made conveniently available to those who require it for the performance of their duties;
  13. non-essential materials should not be placed on the bridge or any work surface; and
  14. members of the navigational watch should at all times be prepared to respond efficiently and effectively to
    changes in circumstances.

Successful completion of this 24-hour Bridge Resource Management course will satisfy the requirements of 46 CFR 10.205(o), the requirements of the Seafarer's Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) Code, and Section B-VIII/2, Part 3-1 of the STCW Code.

Course Tools Required

A clear mind ready to learn and retain a large volume of information.
Paper and pencil for note taking
A scientific calculator
Plotting tools