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Nautical Studies

Navigation English


IMO Model course 3.17 2015 Edition:

Use English in oral and written form:

  • Describe weather conditions, understand weather forecasts; give navigational warnings; understand meteorological information and messages concerning ship's safety and operation   
  • Describe watchkeeping duties; simulate handing over watch              
  • Master’s standing orders            
  • Comprehend standard helm orders; comprehend standard engine room orders
  • Discuss navigational routes and geographic locations             
  • Use charts and other nautical publications
  • Explain the operation of basic navigational aids        
  • Read relevant chapters and excerpts of maritime publications           
  • Use Maritime Safety Information and related services           
  • Describe anchoring, mooring operations and berthing and unberthing procedures; describe stages in preparing for sea and for arrival in port           
  • Give a brief introduction to IMO Conventions and Port State Control              
  • Maritime conventions (STCW, MARPOL, SOLAS, MLC)            
  • Understand and produce samples of ship's correspondence and survey reports; keep ship's correspondence             
  • Introduction to GMDSS operational instructions and communication publications
  • Role play communication based on distress, urgency and safety scenarios   
  • Communicate with other ships, coast stations and VTS centres: routine communication, vessel reporting system, and emergency communication; VHF communication regarding bunkering  
  • Introduction to ship’s business correspondence       
  • Shipping documents and terminology – Bill of Lading, Charter Parties, Notice of Readiness, Sea Protests


STCW requirements:


Ability to establish and maintain effective communications during loading and unloading.


Ability to explain the basic principles for  stablishing effective communications and improving working relationship between ship  and terminal personnel.


Adequate knowledge of the English language to enable the officer to use charts and other nautical publications, to understand meteorological information and messages concerning ship's safety and operation, to communicate with other ships, coast stations and and VTS centres and to perform the officer's duties also with a multilingual crew, including the ability to use and understand the IMO Standard Marine Communication Phrases (IMO SMCP)


Goals and competencies

Students will learn how to understand nautical charts, meteorological information and messages. Future Officers of the Watch, but in particular Masters and Chief Officers, will learn elements of ship’s business and law terminology. Students will understand international legislation, ship documents and other publications. Students will upgrade their maritime communication skills to be able to efficiently communicate with other participants in the shipping industry: shippers, agents, intermediaries, customs officers, port state control officers, pilots, classification society surveyors, insurance agents, maritime police officers etc.


Special features:

Implementation of the learning content among others include requirements in accordance with the provisions of the STCW Convention A-II / 1, A-II/2 and the recommendations of the »Master and Chief Mate (Model course 7.01)« and »Officer in charge of a navigational watch (Model course 7.03)« International Maritime Organization, London, 2015, IMO Model Course 3.17 2015 Edition.

Basic literature

  1. Jurkovič, Violeta. 2014. Navigation English. Portorož: FPP.
  2. Fabe, D in V. Suban. 2003/2015. Pomorska govorna komunikacija/Maritime Verbal Communication, 307 str. ISBN: 961-6044-60-5.
  3. Cluijven van, P. 2005. The International Maritime Language Programme. Alk&Heijnen Publishers, Alkmaar, The Netherlands, 416 str. ISBN: 90-5961-006-7