1st Edition

Techniques for Ship Handling and Bridge Team Management

ISBN 9781032176536
Published September 30, 2021 by Routledge
268 Pages 44 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Hiroaki Kobayashi has trained 1500 mariners in ship handling over twenty years and he has systematized the methods of safe navigation into nine elemental techniques. Taking a rigorous and scientific look at good practice and attitudes, good seamanship can be viewed as a series of concrete technical functions, which can be in terms of competencies.

By giving proper attention to human factors the conditions for maintaining system safety can be defined, and the interaction of human competencies and environmental conditions and their effects on system safety can be recognised. System safety in turn depends on good bridge team management, with particular emphasis on communication, cooperation and leadership – communication for the exchange of information, cooperation to smooth team activities, and leadership to ensure that each member of the team performs successfully.

Table of Contents


Techniques for Ship Handling


1 Factors in Achieving Safe Navigation

2 Analysis of Techniques for Ship Handling

3 Inadequate Knowledge and Competency Often Observed

in Inexperienced Seafarers

4 Significance and Use of Elemental Technique Development



Bridge Team Management


5 Techniques Necessary for Safe Navigation

6 Factors in Achieving Safe Navigation

7 Background of Bridge Team Management

8 Bridge Team Management



Bridge Team Management/Bridge Resource

Management Training


9 Training System

10 Bridge Team Management Training Structure

11 Bridge Team Management Training Examples

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Dr. Hiroaki Kobayashi is Professor Emeritus at the Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology, and is past president of a number of academic institutes in Japan and several international maritime institutes. He has developed a number of standard training courses on bridge team management and instructor training courses on maritime education which have been authorized by Class NK, a member of the International Association of Classification Societies.