Shiphandling is probably the most important skill for seafarers and one of the most difficult to practise. The Nautical Institute recognises the value of gaining sea-time experience and developing shiphandling skills and has developed the Shiphandling Logbook, launched today (Wednesday).
This logbook aims to provide users with an essential tool to help them manage the development of their shiphandling skills and take advantage of training opportunities. Seafarers will be able to record and reflect on their experiences, provide evidence of what has been learned, identify gaps and be encouraged to take opportunities to learn more.
The Nautical Institute’s Director of Projects, David Patraiko , said: “Mariners should take advantage of every opportunity to improve their understanding of shiphandling, to identify any additional learning they need and to arrange for this to happen.
“The logbook should encourage mentoring, which costs very little, if anything, and is essential to the learning of shiphandling. If done well, it will lead to greater safety, as the skill levels and confidence of officers will increase” added Mr Patraiko.
This generic and easy-to-use logbook includes a complete list of manoeuvres and understanding required under STCW. The Shiphandling Logbook is an essential tool for all mariners, regardless of ship and trade, who want to develop their professionalism.