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2.13.4 NAVIGATION IN CONFINED WATERS – BRIDGE RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
Navigation in confined waters carries extreme risks such as
These risks can be minimised if the Master operates proper Bridge Resource Management.
The principles of Bridge Resource Management are laid down in the Bridge Procedures Guide published by the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS). It contains guidance to best watchkeeping practice and guidance on Bridge Resource Management and the conduct of the bridge team including the pilot.
Bridge Resource Management focuses on the use and co-ordination of all the skills and resources available to the bridge team to achieve the optimum goals of
Bridge Resource Management
Bridge Resource Management should take into account situational awareness. The following factors can affect situational awareness
When operating Bridge Resource Management the Master should be aware that
Navigating in confined waters requires delegation of tasks. To avoid any uncertainty or irregularity which could have disastrous results
The Master should also consider training his/her officers to react in situations of sudden failure of equipment and technical systems, such as power failure or lack of steering.
An effective bridge team is one where any one individual’s concerns, no matter what their rank, can be raised and taken seriously.