Radar Observer Unlimited
Course 148

This course is required for officers who serve on vessels equipped with RADAR. Students attending this course will develop the skills needed for risk assessment, collision avoidance, and navigation.

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Course Description

Radar Observer Unlimited - Course #148

Radar Observer Unlimited - Course #148

This 5 day course is recommend for all levels of deck watch crew and is required for all deck officers of radar equipped vessels. The goal of this course is to train candidates in the proper use of radar for risk assessment, collision avoidance and navigation. This course utilizes the MPT SMART Simulation Center. Trainees use commercial Radar Equipment and Ship Simulators with landmasses, environmental effects and vessel returns. This course will satisfy the Radar Training Requirements of STCW A-II/1 and A-II/3 for deck officers standing watch on an Radar equipped vessel.

Subjects Include:

  • Radar Theory
  • Set Up and Maintaining Radar Displays
  • Factors that Affect Performance and Accuracy
  • Differentiating Between False and True Echoes
  • Performing Transfer Plotting Techniques
  • Rapid Radar Plotting Techniques
  • Obtaining a Position Fix using Radar
  • Situational Awareness
  • Parallel Indexing
  • Vessel Maneuvering for Risk of Collision
  • Radar and the Rules of the Road

Any applicant who has successfully completed Radar Observer (Unlimited) (MARTPT-399) course satisfies the requirements of:

    • The radar observer training requirement of 46 CFR 11.480(d) for an endorsement as Radar Observer (Unlimited); AND
    • The radar observer training requirements of 46 CFR 11.309(a)(4)(ii), 11.317(a) (3)(vi), 1l.319(a)(4)(ii) , 11.321(a)(3)(vi); AND
    • The radar standards of competence required by 46 CFR 11.309(a)(3), 11.317(a) (2), 11.319(a)(3), 11.321(a)(2) and Section A-II/1 and A-II/3 and Table A-II/1 and A-II/3 of the STCW Code, as amended; AND
    • Assessment tasks 1.4.A, 1.4.B, 3.1, 3.2.A, 3.2.B, 3.3.A, and 3.4 from NVICs 12-14(Ch-2) and 02-18; AND
    • Assessment tasks 1.8.A and 1.8.B from NVIC 13-14(Ch-1).
    • Applicants need not submit completed Task Control sheets in application for an STCW endorsement.

5 day class in Fort Lauderdale

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Excellent course, incredible instructor, Dave did an amazing job teaching the class.
Victor, Saturday September 2022
Radar Observer Unlimited
Best class I have taken yet at MPT. Capt Dave is awesome!
David, Friday November 2021
Radar Observer Unlimited
Dan Dale is awesome. I'm sure you get that all the time, but he really does an awesome job and I wish I could request him for future classes.
Benjamin, Friday March 2018
Radar Observer Unlimited
Scott and Dan did an excellent job teaching this class.
Ronald, Friday January 2018
Radar Observer Unlimited
None. The staff in the front office is amazing. Instructor James provided and awesome learning experience. The People taking care of the faculties are extremely nice a do a great job! Top notch program keep it up ! Looking forward to taking more classes.
Cristian, Friday December 2017
Radar Observer Unlimited
Great course. Facilities were all extremely clean, simulators were very helpful, and the course material was very well-taught. Bernard was very knowledgeable about the material, and I learned very much in this course.
Erick, Monday February 2017
Radar Observer Unlimited
Class was excellent! Thank you
Andrew, Sunday January 2017
Radar Observer Unlimited
Amazing staff and awesome facilities... I always look forward to my next class with you for these reasons. Capt. Doc Proctor
Dwayne, Friday September 2015
Radar Observer Unlimited
Don't change anything!! The instructors are not only knowledgeable but keep the classroom environment interesting and enjoyable.
Kenneth, Friday September 2015
Radar Observer Unlimited
Everything overall was fantastic as usual.
Frank, Friday February 2015
Radar Observer Unlimited
Great Experience! Thank You!
John, Monday December 2014
Radar Observer Unlimited
I had a very good time taking this new knowledge about navigation under low visibility or at nite, I will recommend it to my friends. Gracias
Nazario, Friday July 2014
Radar Observer Unlimited
Highly polished method of instruction. I was impressed with the Monday Check in process which was improved from last time. You can tell the staff and instructors are always seeking constant improvement
Edward, Friday November 2013
Radar Observer Unlimited
Keep up the great job! Will recommend school!
Magnus, Friday October 2013
Radar Observer Unlimited
Keep doing what y'all are doing. This is my second time back and look forward to the few months ahead.
Andrew, Wednesday August 2012
Radar Observer Unlimited