Duration: 5 days
The course is essentially a practical one, consisting of a series of exercises structured around the operation of a ship's machinery installation and carried out in conjunction with an engine-room simulator. The exercises are supervised by an instructor and will, initially, allow the student to become familiar with the instrumentation and controls used in the engine-rooms of modern merchant ships. The student shall become skilled in the scanning of instrument displays when assessing the normal operational conditions of an engineering plant. The exercises increase in complexity as the course progresses, as the student works through and becomes familiar with the procedures used for starting up auxiliary and propulsion plants, setting the normal operation condition and keeping an engine-room watch. The final exercises deal with watchkeeping and the procedures and techniques needed for the location and trouble-shooting of faults, diagnosis and malfunctions that can occur in an operational plant. Each exercise should be preceded by a briefing session and followed up by a group debrief, which will analyse the actions and decisions of the student. During the series of exercises each student will assume different roles in the engineering watch keeping team, and shall have more than one opportunity to take on the part of the engineer in charge of the watch.
To provide knowledge and skills to operate, supervise and monitor the safe operation and control of a ship's machinery installation in accordance with provisions of Section A-III/1, A-VIII/2 and B-VIII/2 of the STCW Code as amended .In particular, the student will gain:
- familiarization with the use of instrumentation and controls used in the engine rooms of modern merchant ships
- awareness of the need for proper pre-planning, the use of checklists and of the timescales involved in start up procedures
- understanding and awareness of correct watch keeping procedures
- understanding of the way in which machinery units are interdependent
- experience in identifying operational problems and trouble-shooting them
- the ability to make decisions, which promote the safety and efficiency of an operational plant.