SMMFS – Ship Maneuvering Mechanics and Fundamentals of Shiphandling (In-house Course)

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Course Overview


It is a training course designed primarily to impart basic lessons in the standard procedures of ship maneuvering. This course is vital to new entrants in the seafaring
profession as the underpinning knowledge gained will help develop their skills in tasks onboard. An introduction will make the trainees aware as to what knowledge, understanding and proficiency they may
expect to attain from SMMFS, as well as how they are expected to perform to successfully achieve the learning objectives of the course.

Trainees will be lectured on theoretical concepts to provide them with a background of the simulation environment. Afterwards, they are acquainted with the
simulation equipment and taught how to operate the different instruments, including the most efficient ways to manipulate the controls.

Following the introduction, the instructor will orient the trainees with the maneuvering characteristics of the different ships (mathematical models) that they will use
for exercises, i.e., to maneuver and handle a ship in all conditions. This includes explaining how a ship would react to certain actions of the controls and how she would
behave under certain circumstances. Equally important is the understanding of WHY a ship behaves under certain circumstances, with different conditions. This will be addressed through lectures on
relevant principles of the science of Hydrodynamics.

Pursuant to national and international safeguards, rules of the road and protection of the marine environment, lectures will be conducted on pertinent laws, provisions,
statutes and the like. All the foregoing lectures will be accented with PowerPoint presentations and, in some instances, fortified by handouts.

Lessons about critical and dangerous circumstances will be taught through theories, by demonstrations, and by analyzing the experiences of others in similar situations
(case studies). Where and when viable, they will be given as practical exercises using ship bridge simulator as an aid to instruction. From simple applications, the
exercises will evolve into complex procedures, including emergency and other extraordinary situations. In the exercises, the trainees apply proper bridge procedures and abide by international regulations.

In addition, the course provides a full account of the requirements of the IMO Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) 1978, as revised in 1975, effecting the competence requirements of deck officers, to wit:

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Course Duration: 5 days

Schedule: By request


Reference: 2010 Manila Amendments to the 1978 STCW Convention

Entry Standard:

Officer participants in the SMMFS course are assumed to have served on board, the length of which complies with the sea service requirement of MARINA. The candidate for this course must have completed the mandatory courses, e.g. ROC, RSC and ARPA.


After successfully undertaking SMMFS, the trainees should be able to:

a. Be familiar with navigational aids, gadgets and instruments as well as how to operate them;

b. Have an in-depth knowledge of the ship’s maneuvering characteristics in response to the helm and engines during maneuvers in diverse conditions;

c. Better comprehend the forces of hydrodynamics and their effects on a moving ship;

d. Recognize the influences of shallow water, banks and narrow channels on the behavior of the ship;

e. Understand the maneuvering characteristics of ships and recognize the different factors affecting the process of ship handling;

f. Identify the forces acting on a stationary ship and on a ship in motion;

g. Know the types and components of ship’s motions and their relation to shiphandling

h. Control the ship’s motion according to desired functional effect of rudders, propellers and auxiliary equipment;

i. Comprehend and explain the uncontrollable variables affecting ship’s

Apprentice mates are also welcome to take the course as part of their on-the-job training during their seagoing experience, after which they must competently demonstrate practical application of knowledge acquired.