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Aids to Navigation Training

Nautical Consulting International offers a series of 7 courses designed to train new and experienced marine industry professionals in Aids to Navigation.


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Aids to Navigation Courses 1-7

Course 1 Aids to Navigation

This presentation is a basic introduction to modern marine aids to navigation for non-technical experts who may be managing aids to navigation programs or who will require a basic understanding of the various types of marine aids to navigation. This full-day course includes communications and publications, beacons and buoys, safety, flashers and changers, bulbs, lanterns, LEDs, solar systems and batteries, and RACONs.

Course 2 Aids to Navigation Needs Analysis & System Design

This seminar, delivered to small groups, will prepare attendees to conduct formal aids to navigation channels and coastal design. The seminar reviews design factors such as, Pilotage waters, Day and/or Night navigation, All user categories and capabilities, Safety from Hazards, Design Visibility, and Minimal Dead Reckoning—density and type of traffic.

The seminar also will enable attendees to determine the requirements for aids to navigation for purposes such as to assist or mark landfalls or pilot boarding stations, mark channels or tracks, mark hazards, either natural or man-made, identify positions or courses, indicate preferred routes, separate traffic, indicate traffic reporting areas, indicate particular areas such as anchorage or quarantine.

Attendees can work through examples to determine the best mix of aids for a geographic area. 

Practical examples of user consultation are also included as part of the seminar. All necessary documentation is provided.

Course 3 Aids to Navigation Management

This course covers management circle, return on investment, service levels, types of maintenance, reliability, event recording, quality control, consultation with users, and recommending improvements.

Course 4 Aids to Navigation Frontline Maintenance

This is a five-day course with a recommended attendee number of no more than 10. This course is designed for all those providing technical and operational services in the aids to navigation section. This course can be delivered in Houston or in Singapore.

Course 5 Handling Polyethylene Buoys

This course will provide technicians with the training necessary to understand the factors affecting the handling, deployment, and recovery of floating aids to navigation and buoys.

Course 6 Aids to Navigation Technical

This is a three-day course, similar to the Frontline Maintenance course without technical shop or field component.

Course 7 Buoy Deck Seamanship

Buoy Deck Seamanship is for those who may be working in operation aspects of aids to navigation in river, coastal, and ocean operations.

This course presents the most critical aspects of Aids to Navigation: the operations occurring on a buoy tender. Subjects covered represent the types of equipment and accessories used, including the myriad of buoy tender equipment. The safe use of equipment is highly emphasized. Also included are the details of working with ships and boats in aids to navigation handling.

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