Bridge Resource Management Small Ships

Article number: 10516

Your vessel may be equipped with the most advanced technology and the most powerful engines, but the failure to apply the basic principles of bridge resource management can still prevent you from getting where you are going.
Satellite systems, ARPA, electronic charts, AIS, sophisticated communication equipment and integrated navigational systems—all these advanced technologies provide valuable capabilities. But accidents still happen, and they usually involve human error. This simple fact has made Bridge Resource Management (BRM) training a requirement for watchkeepers worldwide. Bridge Resource Management for Small Ships: The Watchkeeper’s Manual for Limited-Tonnage Vessels is the first book to address the unique needs of operators of small ships (limited-tonnage vessels) including tugs, ferries, yachts, and other passenger-carrying vessels.

  • Case histories to illustrate important points
  • A complete course in BRM, suited for studying on your own as well as a complement to your classwork

    Topics include: Introduction to BRM, Standard Operating Procedures, Passage Planning, Implementing the Passage Plan, Building a Passage Plan, Situational Awareness and Human Factors, including: Overreliance, Distraction, Stress, Fatigue, Complacency, and Transition; and Human Interactions, including Communications, Teams and Teamwork, Decision Making and Leadership, and Human Error.
  • Table of contents
  • Prologue: The Herald of Free Enterprise
  • Introduction: Why Bridge Resource Management?
  • Part I. Planning and Procedures
    • Chapter One. Standard Operating Procedures
    • Chapter Two. Passage Planning: Appraisal and Planning
    • Chapter Three. Implementing the Passage Plan: Execution, Conferring, and Monitoring
    • Chapter Four. Building a Passage Plan: Tactics and Tools Part II. Situational Awareness and
  • Human Factors
    • Chapter Five. Overreliance
    • Chapter Six. Distraction
    • Chapter Seven. Stress
    • Chapter Eight. Fatigue
    • Chapter Nine. Complacency
    • Chapter Ten. Transition Part III. Human Interaction
    • Chapter Eleven. Communication
    • Chapter Twelve. Teams and Teamwork
    • Chapter Thirteen. Decision-Making and Leadership
  • Chapter Fourteen. Human Error
  • Appendix: Sample Master/Pilot Information Exchange (MPX)
  • Sources
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index

Daniel S. Parrott teaches navigation, seamanship, and Bridge Resource Management at Maine Maritime Academy and sails aboard the academy’s training ships State of Maine and schooner Bowdoin. Parrott holds a U.S. Coast Guard license for Master of Oceans, Motor, Steam, and Auxiliary Sail, 1600 tons; and a Second Mate unlimited license for Merchant Ships. He has accumulated more than 25 years of worldwide seagoing experience. Parrott is the author of Tall Ships Down: The Last Voyages of the Pamir, Albatross, Marques, Pride of Baltimore, and Maria Asumpta.