Teaching and practice of navigation in Mozambique : the impact of new technology on traditional methods
Date of Award
Master of Science in Maritime Affairs
Maritime Education & Training
Muirhead, Peter M.
The dissertation is an evaluation of the current navigation teaching in Mozambique and training practices in selected maritime institutions world-wide. In the light ofthis, all navigation syllabuses in selected countries are identified for comparison. It is obvious that modem technology is playing an increasingly important role in the teaching and practice of navigation globally, and therefore, the impact of technology on traditional methods as well as on the safety of navigation is discussed. Some limitations in accurately predicting the fiiture developments of navigation technology on board ships due to its high rate of change are noted. The problem of accuracy, limitations and the current situation of some navigation equipment such as Decca, Omega, Loran-C, ARPA, GPS, INS and ECDIS are described for comparison, noting the way in which technological developments such as Differential GPS and INS are promoting safer navigation. The STCW/78 as revised by IMO and the amendments now proposed which deal with navigation are examined with a view to evaluating their impact on standards and on technology in the country. The Navigation Control System (NACOS) developed by Atlas Electronik is described in order to elucidate the facilities offered by INS. The need for a new syllabus for the Nautical School ofMozambique is proposed to fit the changing ship technology. The final chapter is a summary of the objectives of navigation teaching world-wide and describes the importance of resolution A.666 (16)- World-wide Navigation Systems. A proposal for the staged introduction of new simulators and equipment over the next few years in the Nautical School ofMozambique is made.