Target Group:

Seafarers engaged in the safe navigation of vessels at sea. The course is now also a statutory requirement under the SAMSA Code for Deck Officers and Fishers. Deck Officers who have taken up careers ashore and wish to keep their CoC valid are required to complete the course for re-validation purposes.


The course aims at providing those who are likely to become officers in charge of a navigational watch with the training that is required for the maintenance of a safe navigational watch and safe navigational passage.

The course will focus on collision avoidance in restricted visibility and has been specifically designed to encourage learners to make use of all available resources and /or navigational aids at their disposal in order to make an informed decision and take the necessary avoidance action.


The ENS course prepares learners in the use of electronic navigational and position fixing equipment found onboard a fishing vessel.


  • How to operate basic radar equipment.
  • How to conduct a safe voyage/passage.
  • The use of radar equipment in different operations.
  • The use of echo sounders and speed logs.
  • Knowledge and application of the International Regulations For the prevention of collision at sea.
  • Theoretical knowledge of the ships position using hyperbolic Navigation systems.
  • Application of the theoretical knowledge on various electronic Aids to navigation in order to plan and conduct a safe passage.
  • The use of automatic radar plotting.


Chartwork modules 1 and 2 and a sound knowledgeof the collision regulations with mathematics at Grade 12 school level or equivalent.

Electronic Navigation System – Operational (Fishing)

Course Duration: 10 Days
Course Certification: Certificate of Completion
Assessment: Written assessment & practical evaluation. (ENS Maretek Simulator)
Validity: Not Applicable
Completion Exit Level: The competent learner will be able to Maintain a safe Navigational Watch and safe Navigational Passage at sea.
STCW Reference: MS (MSTC) Regs, 2013
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