Bridge Resource Management Course
Bridge Resource Management (U. S. Navy specific): A five day, forty hour course of instruction, focusing on team building and effective communications within the ship control team and among bridge watch personnel.
Per CNSP/CNSLINST 3505.1B, the Commanding Officer is required to attend the entire 40 hour BRM COI in order for the ship to receive completion credit. The CO must also take the Rules of the Road exam. Any deviation or waiver from this policy must be approved in advance by the CNSP/CNSL N7.
- Topics include situational awareness, analysis of error chains, voyage planning, ECDIS, ARPA, stress and fatigue, case studies, decision making, leadership, ship handling theory, a Rules of the Road exam, review of Commanding Officer's standing orders, and simulator exercises in the full mission bridge simulator.
- With the current installed NSS simulator equipment, class size is from 10 to 13. As a minimum, three watch teams (each consisting of an OOD, Conning Officer and OOD (UI)) plus the Commanding Officer are required to attend the entire 40-hours of Instruction. Up to three additional students (prospective OOD's or Conning Officers) can be included. For CVN, the Navigator can act as senior observer.
- Course completion criteria include a score of 90% on the Rules of the Road exam and 100% attendance throughout the week. If a student satisfies the BRM attendance criterion but does not achieve a score of 90% on the Rules of the Road exam, a completion certificate may be awarded once the student successfully passes a subsequent, command-administered exam.
- Certain support materials for the course MUST be provided by the command. Your instructor will discuss this with you on day one. Ships will provide three plotting kits, three sets of charts to support voyage planning exercises, pencils and erasers for chart work, and directives supporting voyage planning (Fleet Guides, Coast Pilot, Port Directory, etc.) Some of these materials may be available in the NSST facility. A complete copy of CO’s Standing Orders to the OOD shall be provided to the instructor on day one.
- The instructor will make voyage planning and case study assignments on day one of the course. Typically, an inbound and outbound transit of homeport plus a transit of another fleet-area port will be assigned for voyage planning, but the CO/Navigator will select the ports to be used for the BRM transit exercises.
- It is recommended that all students be OOD qualified or close to completing OOD qualification to derive maximum benefit from this course.
Bridge Resource Management Program Forty Hour Equivalency
|0800||Welcome and Introduction||Communications||Shiphandling and Hydrodynamics||Brief and Execute Passage Plan TEAM #1||Brief and Execute Passage Plan TEAM #3|
|0900||Situational Awareness||Decision Making||Case Study #4||(Simulator)||(Simulator)|
|1000||Error Chain Analysis||Leadership||(Captain's Standing Orders)||(Simulator)||(Simulator)|
|1100||Case Study #1||Teamwork||Captain/Pilot Relationship||DEBRIEF TEAM #1||DEBRIEF TEAM #3|
|1300||Electronic Navigation (ECDIS)||Case Study #3||Case Study #5||Brief and Execute Passage Plan TEAM #2||Case Study #6 (simulator re-enactment)|
|1400||Automatic Radar Plotting Aid (ARPA)||Rules of the Road Exam||Voyage Planning & ORM||(Simulator)||(Simulator) Contact Management|
|1500||Stress and Fatigue||Exam Review||Voyage Planning (until 1700)||(Simulator)||(Simulator) Contact Management|
|1600||Case Study #2||Simulator Orientation||Voyage Planning (cont'd)||DEBRIEF TEAM #2||Closing Remark and Review|