EGPO (Curso Especial de Gerenciamento de Passadiço para Oficiais)

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The trainees who successfully complete this course will have gained experience in handling ships under various conditions and will make a more effective contribution to the bridge team during ship manoeuvering in normal and emergency situations. In particular, trainees will gain:

• Familiarization with the use of engines and helm for ship manoeuvering
• An understanding of the effects on the behavior of the ship of wind, current, shallow water, banks and narrow channels and condition of loading
• A greater awareness of the importance of planning a passage or manoeuverand the need for an alternative plan
• A greater understanding and awareness of efficient bridge procedures and bridge teamwork during watchkeeping and ship handling, in normal and in emergency situations
• A greater awareness and understanding of a good interactive communication style and benefit of building up a common shared mental model of the planned passage

Entry Requiriment
Trainees wishing to enter this course should have a minimum of six months watchkeeping experience as officer in charge of a navigational watch and should also have completed a course of training which meets or exceeds the standard set out in IMO Assembly resolution A.483 (XII), Training in radar observation and plotting (see IMO model course 1.07).


The course is developed in accordance with IMO Model Course 1.22 “Ship Simulator and Bridge Teamwork”.
• Review of basic principles
• Familiarization with the bridge
• Standard manoeuvres
• Wind and current effects
• Attitude
• Cultural Awareness
• Briefing and Debriefing
• Challenge and Response
• Shallow-water effects
• Bank, channel and interaction effects
• Planning
• Authority
• Management on the bridge
• Workload and stress
• Anchoring and single-buoy mooring
• Human factor in error
• Decision making
• Crisis management
• Planning and carrying out a voyage in normal and emergency situations


The training will be a combination of theoretical lessons and practical exercises. The course coordination confirms the enrolment in writing, which is then considered binding.


Language: The course documentation is written in Portuguese and the course will be held in Portuguese.
Certificate: The course participants will be issued with the Certificate upon successful completion of the course.