Università degli Studi di Napoli "Parthenope"

Teaching schedule

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Course of Bachelor's Degree Programme on COMMAND AND MANAGEMENT OF A MARINE VESSEL
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First Semester
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Course description

Education objectives: the course aims to make students acquire the theoretical/practical fundamentals for a correct watchkeeping.
Knowledge and understanding: The student must demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the issues relating to the safe conduct of the ship, consistent with the responsibilities of the officer on watch.
Ability to apply knowledge and understanding: the student must demonstrate that he has understood the concepts proposed during the course and that he is able to apply them correctly in order to maintain the navigational watch correctly.
Making judgments: the student must be able to independently evaluate the single problem and adopt the best solution methods, even in situations different from those presented by the teacher during the course.
Communication skills: the student must be able to express the theoretical/practical arguments, object of the course, using a suitable technical/scientific language and, above all, with correctness of contents.
Learning skills: the student must gradually acquire autonomy in deepening the topics covered by the course. For this purpose, he must be able to keep up-to-date by consulting texts and scientific publications, also in English.


Navigation foundamentals


COLREG. Rules and techniques on watchkeeping on the bridge and in the engine room. Books on board. Log Book. Engine Book. Oil Record Book part I e part II. R.T.F. logbook (GMDSS). Garbage Disposal Record Book Part One. Keeping of logbooks. Nautical publications. Nautical charts. Updating of nautical charts and nautical documents. STCW Convention (Chapters II, III and VIII). Tables A-II and A-III. Safety and emergency procedures. International Safety Management Code (I-SMS Code).
Use of information from navigation instruments for positioning purposes (FIXING), trajectory tracking and navigation monitoring, use and adjustment of directional instruments, interfacing of bridge instruments. Use of ECDIS.
Radar e Radar Arpa. Recognition of components and machine and accessory names in the engine room. Transmission and reception of instructions and information in the engine room. Alarm systems, on the bridge and in the engine room, with particular reference to those relating to the fire-fighting system.
BNWAS. VDR. GMDSS. GNSS. Preparation of the Passage Plan. Phases of Passage Planning: appraisal, planning, execution, monitoring. Control and tracking of the trajectory. Behaviour in bad weather. Climatological routes. Pilot chart, Routing Chart, SMS (Ship Management System).
Meaning of the individual flags.
Instrumental pilotage techniques (Blind Pilotage). Interaction between ships and navigation in limited and confined waters (squat effect, bank suction, bank cushion).
L'Automatic Identification System (A.I.S.). LRIT. Ships' Routeing. Ships' Routeing. Traffic separation schemes. Main elements of a TSS. Behaviour in a TSS. IMO procedures and functions relating to a TSS. Planning of a Routeing system.
VTS. Generality. Regulations. VTS areas. Types: central, area and local VTS. VTS services. VTS messages. First contact message. Operational requirements in the VTS area.
National and regional organization of the SAR system. IAMSAR. Search planning. Search schemes. Conclusion of search.

The course deal with the basic elements to ensure a correct whatchkeeping, with particular reference to current legislation and the use of monitoring and control instruments.
The course furnishes some competencies required by the STCW Convention, as amended, for Deck Officers and Marine Engineers at Operational Level, embodied in the MIT decree dated 19th December 2016, namely “Percorso formativo per accedere alle figure professionali di Allievo Ufficiale di Macchina”, as amended by MIT Ministerial Decree n. 35 of 10/10/2018.

Particularly, the course provides the following skills, listed in the Attachment I of the above-mentioned decree, for Deck Officer Cadets:


Furthermore, the course provides the following skills, listed in the Attachment 2 of the above-mentioned decree, for Marine Engineers:

Further details relating to the skills acquired are provided in the extended program.

Teaching Methods

The teaching activity is organized in face-to-face and blended lessons on the Microsoft Teams platform.

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The teaching material consists of:

- Reference books;
- Technical Regulations;
- Notes provided by the teacher.

Learning assessment

The exam, aimed at verifying the achievement of the educational objectives in charge, consists of an oral interview with theoretical/practical questions aimed at ascertaining the knowledge and skills acquired by the student.
To pass the exam, the student must:

a) quickly frame the required topic (score: min 6 - max 10);
b) explain the topics of the program clearly and with an appropriate technical vocabulary (score: min 6 – max 10);
c) knowing how to apply theoretical notions to practical cases proposed by the teacher (score: min 6 – max 10).

The exam is only passed if the student achieves, for each of the aforementioned points, a mark greater than or equal to the minimum mark.

The student can be awarded honors if she obtains the maximum score in all the points indicated and if she also demonstrates a high command of the topics.

More information

Student reception hours:

Wednesday 13:30 - 14:30 (Teacher's Office IV Floor - South Side - Room 409)

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