Automatic Radar Plotting Aid (ARPA) – San Diego, CA

This course is required by all deck officers of vessels equipped with ARPA for collision avoidance and navigation. The course covers the theory, operation, limitations and practical applications of navigation, collision avoidance of radar and ARPA systems. Also covered are the methods by which ARPA acquires and tracks radar contacts and demonstrates the limitations of the radar equipment including the dangers of over-reliance on information derived from ARPA.

Mariners successfully completing TRLMI’s Automatic Radar Plotting Aids (ARPA) course will satisfy the ARPA training requirements of 46 CFR 11-202(c). The practical assessments conducted in this course will be accepted as the equivalent of the following assessments from the National Assessments Guidelines for Table A-II/1 of the STCW Code, as amended:

OICNW 3-2A
OICNW 3-2B
OICNW 3-2C
OICNW 3-2D
OICNW 3-2E
OICNW 3-2F
OICNW 3-2G
OICNW 3-2H
OICNW 3-2I
OICNW 3-2J
OICNW 3-2K
OICNW 3-2L
OICNW 3-2M
OICNW 3-2N

APPLICANTS NEED NOT PRESENT COMPLETED “CONTROL SHEETS” TO NMC FOR THESE ASSESSMENTS IN APPLICATION FOR STCW CERTIFICATION.

The following are also covered:

ARPA Performance standards
The effects of inaccuracies in the course and speed inputs
The selection of speed data input
The system response to course changes and speed of own ship and/or contact vessel

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