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Basic Shiphandling (SHS-BAS-OIC)

Individual Course / Program


5 Days

Training Method

Lecture, Demonstration, and Simulation


Transas Full Mission Ship Simulator





Individual Course


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Course Description

This course (MITPMI-71) is required for all Able Seamen upgrading to 3rd/2nd Mate. It utilizes full mission simulation to reinforce theoretical lessons. Students practice turning circles and stopping distance in deep and shallow water, man overboard procedures and basic anchoring. Students will demonstrate their knowledge, understanding and proficiency in basic shiphandling on a Full Mission Simulator and by written test.

This course satisfies the following STCW and CFR training requirements

  • The Ship Handling requirements per 46 CFR 11.309(a)(4)(xi) for STCW endorsement as OICNW on vessels of 500 GT or more
  • The following Tasks of NVIC 12-14: 9.1.A, 9.2.A, 9.2.B, 9.3.A, 9.4.A, and 9.5.A.

Prerequisites- This course is available to anyone pursuing qualifications to be in charge of a navigational watch. It is also suitable as a refresher for anyone currently operating as a qualified navigational watch keeper.

Suggested Courses/Skills- See NVIC 12-14 &13-14.

What You Will Learn

  • General Principles
  • Turning Circle and Stopping Distance
  • Effects of Wind and Current
  • Maneuvering for Man Overboard
  • Shallow Water Effects
  • Anchoring and Mooring
  • Steering Control Systems

What You Should Bring

  • Dividers
  • Triangles

Course Dates

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MITAGS - Linthicum Heights, MD


PMI - Seattle, WA

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