MDK 112 - Rules of the Nautical Road

Course Description

Comprehensive study of the International Rules of the Road (COLREGS) including their origin, purpose, history, technical provisions, and application. Included is a comparative study of both international and inland rules, their interpretation and practical application as well as a study of case histories and legal interpretations resulting from collisions at sea. STCW .

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Required Prerequisites

All prerequisites for all GLMA courses are satisfied by following the approved Course Sequence Guide and any deviation from this guide needs to be approved by the cadet's adviser.

Course Learning Outcomes

  • Gain an understanding of the Nautical Rules of the Road (domestic and COLREGs).
  • Apply Nautical Rules of the Road within a shipboard working environment.
  • Interpret situations in the marine environment applying appropriate navigational rules.
  • Relate classroom/textbook expertise to professional watchstanding.
Human Dimension:
  • Discover the ability to commit large sections of regulation to memory and apply these regulations quickly in critical situations.
Caring - Civic Learning:
  • Operate in a regulatory framework without deviation.
Learning How to Learn:
  • Demonstrate the STCW Code Knowledge, Understanding and Proficiencies (KUPs) for Officer in Charge of a Navigation Watch: 2.1.A, 2.1.B, 2.1.C.
  • Recognize the importance of attention to detail and thorough understand a topic.