01.10.14 – The latest issue of The Navigator – The Nautical Institute’s popular, free publication – tackles the important topic of excellence in bridge resource management this issue. The 12-page publication, aimed at marine navigational officers at all stages in their career, launches its seventh issue today (Wednesday), marking the start of its third year of production.
Editor of The Navigator, Emma Ward, said: “Bridge resources can be a vessel’s strongest asset or weakest point. Through effective training and solid teamwork, mistakes made by individuals can become lessons learned, rather than devastating catastrophes. This is why we were so keen to focus on effective bridge resource management for this issue, to ensure our readers appreciate how important it is to get it right for a successful, incident-free voyage.”
The bridge resource management issue covers such topics as shore-based training, best practice onboard ship, the human machine interface and lessons learned from a tanker accident caused by inadequate bridge resource management.
David Patraiko, Director of Projects for The Nautical Institute, added: “Bridge resource management is the process and practice of using all available information and assistance to ensure that navigators make the best possible decisions. To get the best out of these resources, it is essential to train regularly, practise using them together and always reflect on how improvements can be made, whether things go right or wrong.”
The Nautical Institute launched its Navigator distributor scheme over the summer, encouraging a wider, global distribution of the free magazine to as many professional marine navigators as possible. Anyone interested in becoming a distributor can sign-up online at the Institute’s website (www.nautinst.org/en/Publications/the-navigator/).
The Navigator is produced for free by The Nautical Institute with support from the Royal Institute of Navigation. It is freely available to all shipping companies and navigators in printed format or in digital format as an App, pdf and online desktop magazine via The Nautical Institute’s website. Printed copies are currently distributed alongside The Nautical Institute’s membership magazine, Seaways, as well as through welfare missions, shipping companies and maritime training establishments.