WATCH KEEPING AND PROCEDURES
The purpose of watch keeping and good operational procedures
ensure that human erroror omission on part of an individual may not put the ship in da,.-r. This Block comprises fourunits which deal with the safety involved in navigation of a ship and watch keeping practicesand operational procedures which should be followed strictly on board ships.Unit 1 describes in detail as to why masters of ships need to write their intention in writingand processes involved in implementation of the Master's standing orders. Unit also dealswith the heading control systems and precautions which one requires when handling thesteering of the ship.Unit 2 deals with the Bridge procedures and responsibilities of an officer on watch. Thisunit deals extensively with precaution required when determining the composition of theworld, fatigue and fitness for duty, checks which are required on the navigational status atall times and importance of working on the bridge of a ship as a team.Unit 3 will make you aware of processes involved, introduction of routeing system,description of routeing measures, ship position, reporting systems and the all importantweather planning for the safe execution of the voyage.Unit 4 deals with 'Safe Practices in Navigation' particularly related to passage planning,use of VHF, need to take timely action and in Radar Watchkeeping.