Automatic Radar Plotting Aid (ARPA)
1. Radar Navigation at Operational Level
This course aims to meet the mandatory minimum standards of competence for "use of radar and ARPA to maintain the safety of navigation". The course includes the theory necessary to understand the system configuration, principles, performance of shipborne marine radar and ARPA, the factors affecting radar performance, how radar information is obtained, displayed and analysed, the limitations and accuracy of that information, the correct use of operational controls to obtain an optimal display, and use radar information to maintain the safety of navigation.
2. Radar Navigation at Management Level (Radar, ARPA, Bridge Teamwork and Search and Rescue)
This course addresses the competences and the training required for seafarers to maintain safe navigation through the use of information from navigation equipment and systems to assist command decision-making at the Management Level as specified in table A-II/2 of the STCW Code.
Aim: The course provides training in the basic theory and use of radar and is principally intended for the certification of officers in charge of a navigational watch.
Entry requirements: Medical exam (hearing and sight).
Validity of certificate: Unlimited.
- Radar Navigation at Operational Level in accordance with IMO Model Course 1.07.
- Radar Navigation at Management Level (Radar, ARPA, Bridge Teamwork and Search and Rescue) in accordance with IMO Model Course 1.08.
Duration: 45 hours.