Bridge Resource Management for Small Ships: The Watchkeeper's Manual for Limited-Tonnage Vessels

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2011-03-08
  • Publisher: International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press

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The first book on this required course of training written especially for officers aboard small shipsThe modern ship's bridge boasts miraculous resources: GPS, radar, electronic charting, VHF and shortwave radio, phones, electronic sensors, autopilot, and powerful computers to integrate these inputs with visual observations so that the officers on watch can make good navigation and seamanship decisions. Yet still accidents happen, usually because of human error. That's why Bridge Resource Management is a required program of training for watch-standing officers on ships worldwide. BRM teaches officers to integrate their resources efficiently, develop and maintain situational awareness, master passage planning and other best practices, and communicate effectively.Bridge Resource Management for Small Shipsis the first book to address the unique needs of watch-standing officers and prepare them for any situation.Features: Case histories to illustrate important points A complete course in BRM, suited for studying on your own as well as a complement to your classworkTopics include: Introduction to BRM, Standard Operating Procedures, Elements of Passage Planning, Passage Planning Nuts and Bolts, Situational Awareness, Overreliance, Distraction, Stress, Fatigue, Complacency, Transition, Communications, Teams and Teamwork, Leadership, Error Chains

Author Biography

Author Profile
Daniel S. Parrott holds an Australian Master Class IV license for coastal trading; a U.S. Coast Guard license for Master of Oceans, Motor, Steam, and Auxiliary Sail, 1600 tons; and a Third Mate's license for Merchant Ships. He earned a master's degree in Marine Affairs from the University of Rhode Island and accumulated 20 years of experience in tall ships all over the world, including five years as captain of the 158-foot Pride of Baltimore II. He also served as mate aboard a coastal freighter in Alaska. He teaches navigation, seamanship, and Bridge Resource Management to merchant marine cadets at the Maine Maritime Academy and sails as a watch officer and training officer aboard the academy’s training ship State of Maine and the schooner Bowdoin. He is the author of Tall Ships Down: The Last Voyages of the Pamir, Albatross, Marques, Pride of Baltimore, and Maria Asumpta.

Table of Contents

Prologue: The Herald of Free Enterprise

Introduction: Why Bridge Resource Management?

Part I. Planning and Procedures

Chapter One. Standard Operating Procedures

Chapter Two. Passage Planning: Appraisal and Planning

Chapter Three. Implementing the Passage Plan: Execution, Conferring, and Monitoring

Chapter Four. Building a Passage Plan: Tactics and Tools

Part II. Situational Awareness and Human Factors

Chapter Five. Overreliance

Chapter Six. Distraction

Chapter Seven. Stress

Chapter Eight. Fatigue

Chapter Nine. Complacency

Chapter Ten. Transition

Part III. Human Interaction

Chapter Eleven. Communication

Chapter Twelve. Teams and Teamwork

Chapter Thirteen. Decision-Making and Leadership

Chapter Fourteen. Human Error

Appendix: Sample Master/Pilot Information Exchange (MPX)




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