This model course has been designed recognizing that integrated bridge systems and integrated navigation systems are a voluntary installation on vessels and they differ significantly in their configuration and operation from vessel to vessel. They can also interconnect to other bridge equipment and systems, which may be compulsorily fitted to vessels, as part of SOLAS or other requirements.
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Following the adoption of the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW), 1978, IMO, assisted by contributions from various IMO Member Governments, developed a series of Model Courses to help implement the Convention and facilitate access to the knowledge and skills demanded by increasingly sophisticated maritime technology.
The model courses each include a course framework (detailing the scope, objective, entry standards, and other information about the course), a course outline (timetable), a detailed teaching syllabus (including the learning objectives and competences that should have been achieved when the course has been completed by students) and guidance notes for the instructor.
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