1792 | Celestial Navigation / Oceans Navigation (500 / 1600 GRT)


Course Number: 1792
Course Length 80 Hours
Minimum Class Size: 2
Maximum Class Size: 8
2021 Price:  $2,250
As of 19 July 2021 the Price of classes for 2022 will be:  $2,500

Please bring picture ID on first day of class

Course Description

Any applicant who has successfully completed our Oceans Navigation / Celestial Navigation (500/1600 Tons) (MIDATL-107) course will satisfy:

  • The Navigation General: Oceans and Navigation Problems: Oceans Examination requirements for increasing the scope for one of the following endorsements from Near Coastal to Oceans, provided the applicant presents our Certificate of Training within one year of the completion of application for endorsement:
    • Second or Third Mate of self-propelled vessels of unlimited tonnage; OR
    • Master or Mate of self-propelled vessels of less than 1600 GRT; OR
    • Master or Mate of self-propelled vessels of less than 500 GRT; OR
    • Master or Mate of self-propelled vessels of less than 200 GRT; OR
    • Master or Mate of Offshore Supply Vessels; OR
    • Master or Mate of Uninspected Fishing Industry Vessels; AND
  • The Celestial Navigation standards of competence required by STCW Code Section A-II/2 and Tables A-II/2, as amended 2010, meeting the National Assessment Guidelines from NVICs 10-14(Ch-2), 11-14(Ch-2) and 03-18 Tasks 2.1.A, 2.1.B, 2.1.C, and 3.1.A.

Applicants who have successfully completed our course need not present completed “Task Control Sheets” for these assessments in application for STCW certification.

Course Objective

The objective of the course is to provide students with the detailed knowledge to support the training outcomes related to celestial navigation under Seafarers’ Training and Certification of Watchkeeping (STCW) Code as amended under Table A-II/2; Specification of minimum standard of competence for masters and chief mates on ships of 500 gross tonnage or more.

Function: Navigation at the management level

Competence: Determine position and the accuracy of resultant position fix by any means

Knowledge, understanding and proficiency: Position determination in all conditions by celestial observations

Recommended Study Material:

  • Watchstanding Guide for the Merchant Officer Robert J. Meurn 1990.
  • Merchant Marine Officers Hand Book. William B. Hayler, Editor
  • Master’s Handbook on Ship’s Business Third Edition Tuuli Messer
  • The Business of Shipping Seventh Edition Lane C. Kendall James J. Buckley 2001.

10/18/2021 – 10/29/2021
12/06/2021 – 12/17/2021

01/10/2022 – 01/21/2022
04/25/2022 – 05/06 2022
07/18/2022 – 07/29/2022
10/17/2022 – 10/28/2022
11/07/2022 – 11/18/2022
12/05/2022 – 12/16/2022


Hybrid: Online, Test in Person

  • Instructor Led means that the student will learn from home or work online via live class instruction. Attendance will be required.
  • Once the course is complete, testing will be held in the school at Mid-Atlantic Maritime Academy in Norfolk, Virginia.

Upon completion of the course you will have 6 months, from the completion of the knowledge-based portion of the training, to complete the assessments, simulations, lab exercises and final exam(s) at Mid-Atlantic Maritime Academy. This portion must be done in person.

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