Navigational Audit

Figures from the P&I club show that a big portion of navigational claims are related to poor bridge team management, ignorance of bridge procedures and ineffective communication. Regular problems like poor lookout, lack of situational awareness and risk on over reliance cannot be identified while the ship is in port nor during a remote audit. These problems can only be addressed while the vessel is under way (port departure, passage and port arrival). The main goal is to assess bridge team management and the individual watch keeping skills of the officers at the same time, in a positive manner, challenging the ships navigational staff to improve and for enhancing comprehensive navigation practices.

Audits are carried out to verify safety of navigation, ensure effective and consistent application of navigational practices and bridge procedures in accordance with regulatory and industry requirements like the Element 5 and 6a of the TMSA Tanker Management and Self-Assessment and the Chapter 4 of the OCIMF SIRE VIQ 7.

The average time spent on board should be around 3 to 4 days. It is important that as many nautical operations as possible be reviewed during the audit. For example:

  • Berthing and Unberthing
  • Anchoring operation
  • Pilotage in and outbound
  • Transit in different traffic conditions

This Audit takes the following sources into consideration:

  • Bridge Procedure Guide (5th edition)
  • IMO Publication, SOLAS, STCW and various Resolutions
  • SIRE VIQ7 (2019 edition)
  • Port State Control Inspection Guidelines
  • The Nautical Institute Guidelines
  • Company Bridge Manual and associated Work Instructions
  • CDI Edition 9th (2019)
  • Guide to Safe Container Ship Operation 2019 (CSSF 2019)

Elements to be audited

  • Navigational Administration and Procedures
  • Passage Planning and Procedures
  • Bridge Records, associated checklists and entries
  • Bridge Team Management
  • Bridge Team – Pilot interface
  • Nautical Charts, Publications, NtM and Chart corrections
  • Navigation Officer duties and responsibilities
  • Watch-keeping Officer duties and responsibilities
  • Navigational instruments and Bridge Equipment – ECDIS & ARPA
  • Mooring Operations (TMSA Element 6A)
  • Identification of Best Practices – relevant proposals