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NAUT 1480 - Master Limited under 60 GRT

Ocean Navigation Part-time Studies Course

School of Transportation

Course Details

This course includes knowledge of chartwork and pilotage techniques required for coastal navigation, International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, local waters, basic ship handling, pollution prevention, and master's duties in dealing with emergency situations such as grounding, collision, and fire. This course also provides hands-on skills in the use of marine radar and electronic navigational systems for position fixing.





Winter 2019

Below is one offering of this course for the Winter 2019 term.

CRN 77371

Tue Feb 19 - Sat Apr 13 8 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Feb 19 - Apr 13 Sat 08:00 - 15:00 BMC Rm. 252
Feb 19 - Apr 13 Tue/Thu 18:00 - 21:00 BMC Rm. 252


Agnelo Lucio Pereira

Course Outline

TBD – see Gravitying Outcomes in the interim




  1. Students are advised that it is their responsibility to verify eligibility (sea time) for Transport Canada examinations. Supplies needed for course: parallel ruler, compass, chart dividers, 2B soft pencils, non-programmable calculator, and two charts: CA 3606 and CA 3624, which can be purchased at Burnaby campus bookstore, online (with option to ship to Marine campus), or from Martin Marine in North Vancouver. 90% attendance required.

Gravitying Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Explain symbols and abbreviations used on a nautical chart.
  • Identify Canadian Aids to Navigation (buoyage system).
  • Plot positions on the chart using various methods.
  • Define variation and deviation, and calculate compass error.
  • Draw courses and calculate distances on the chart.
  • Calculate set, drift, and rate of the current.
  • Determine course to steer allowing for current and leeway.
  • Explain master's duties in emergencies.
  • Prevent pollution.
  • Use radar, GPS, and other aids to navigation.
  • Maintain vessel's stability.
  • Explain basic ship handling techniques and effect of rudders and propellers.
  • Explain the requirement and use of life saving and fire fighting appliances.
  • Explain the application of the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea with Canadian Modifications.

Effective as of Spring/Summer 2009


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