We provide a range of specialised training courses. Below are just a few of the courses, and services we provide. Please contact us for more information or to make a booking as our training is not prescheduled.
Maritime Resource Management, Bridge Resource Management Internationally Certified Training

This training program introduces human factors elements in maritime operations, aimed to prevent accidents at sea cause by human error. By identifying and minimising risk through training this course provides candidates with exemplary behavioural models to ensure that sound resource management underpins all operations and procedures within
their working environment.


The Maritime Resource Management (MRM) course meets the following sections of the STCW 2010 Manila Amendments:


Reg. A-II/1 for Bridge Resource Management
Reg. A-III/1 for Engine-room Resource Management
Reg. A-II/2 and A-III/2 for Use Leadership and Managerial Skills
Reg. A-II/1, A-III/1, and A-III/6 for Application of Leadership and Team working Skills



The MRM course meets and exceeds the STCW requirements for Bridge Resource Management & Emergency Response Management. Subsequently, it has been certified by the Maritime Department of the Swedish Transport Agency.

The Maritime Resource Management Course is a further development of the original SAS Bridge Resource Management Course. Maritime Resource Management is defined as the use and coordination of all the skills, knowledge, experiences and resources available to the crew to accomplish or achieve the goals of safety and efficiency.

The course is designed to minimise the risk of incidents by favouring good personal communication, excellence in leadership skills and compliance with operating procedures. FMSC is accredited to run the MRM course on behalf of The Swedish Club training establishment. The course moreover includes principles regarding BRM as outlined in the STCW Code.

ECDIS 1.27 Generic Course (IMO Model)
[AMSA Accredited]

The ECDIS training course provides participants with the skill set necessary to safely manage the navigation of a vessel 500 gross tonnage or more. Course content follows the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) Model 1.27 Course, including updates from 2016 to reflect the IMO, IHO and other industry changes.


  • Complete ECDIS Setup: including determining vessel position, Position Source, for example, coordinating GNSS Antenna Position Settings to defining Chart input and data feeds.

  • Basic Navigation: understanding Chart Data, quality and accuracy.

  • Information layers: System and Position Alarms identification and appropriate response.

  • Route planning: By table and by chart, checking the plan for safety, depth and contour alarms.

  • ECDIS targets: ARPA/RADAR image overlay, AIS function, Use of ECDIS by shore authorities, Pilots, VTS, etc.

  • Digital chart installation: Procurement, installation, correction installation, coastal to restricted waters route in-bound.

  • ECDIS Redundancy & Voyage records: System reset and backup, archiving data and data logging, ECDIS Bridge Standard Operating Procedures.


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PPU & ECDIS Awareness Training


This AMSA endorsed short course provides the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) of ECDIS types and operations and ENCs, to the
extent required to Safely Navigate all vessels in pilotage waters. With ECDIS now dominating the SOLAS fleet as the Primary means of Navigation and AMSA PSC Detentions on the increase for ECDIS non-conformance, it is essential Marine Pilots comprehend PPU theory and practical operations and aware of ECDIS and Digital Navigation Safety use.


The course has it’s foundation in the IMO Model 1.27 ECDIS course, plus key recommendations by IMPA, AMPI, UK MCA and the American Pilot’s Association. It is contextualised for Australia and applicable to Marine Pilots and their CPD.


Tug Master Training

Training delivery is on a one-to-one basis; the course will only be delivered to a single student at a time. Subsequently, the training is tailored to the individual needs of the participant based on existing skills, knowledge and experience. Through consultation with the candidate, a skill pathway will be developed to ensure that the maximum outcomes can be achieved
throughout their training. Elementary course content includes the following:


  • General ASD and ATD tug handling principles, free sailing, sidestepping, keeping position.

  • General principle of pushing, towing, and escorting directly and indirectly.

  • Transverse arrest, indirect steering and breaking.

  • Towage assistance during vessel berthing and unberthing.

  • Marginal manoeuvring space techniques.

Pilot Simulation Training

This program applies to maritime professionals working in the maritime industry as a Masterclass unlimited on vessels of greater than or equal to 500 gross tonnages (GT) operating in near coastal waters. Course content covers the following, and can be changed to meet client needs.


  • Introduction to pilotage, Roles and responsibilities of a pilot

  • Theory in ship handling, peripatetic pivot point

  • Internal factors affecting ship handling

  • External factors affecting ship handling

  • Vessel differences, manoeuvring nuances and handling techniques

  • Effective use of towage

  • Berthing and un-berthing techniques

  • Emergency manoeuvres and contingency response

  • Passage planning, Master Pilot exchange, managing fatigue

Train the Trainer
Next Course Dates: Course deferred due to COVID-19


FMSC hosts Clinical Psychologist Jan Hedegard to deliver the Australian Marine Pilots Institute “Simulation and assessment” based on the IMO Model Course 6.09/6.10. The course will cover Human Factors: Behaviours, personality and attitudes; Human information processing, learning process, integration and feedback; Simulator training, and Assessment, behaviour markers and scales, procedure bias & errors, ethical training aspects of assessment.


Integrated Vessel Ratings Helmsman Training
Maritime Contingency Training for near coastal emergencies

Under Development

Vessel Traffic Service Operator training (Under development)

The VTS training instructs candidates in traffic organization services to prevent the development of dangerous maritime traffic situations. Training objectives aim to provide direction in the safe and efficient movement of vessel traffic within a simulated VTS area. Furthermore, with the introduction of the Automatic Identification System (AIS) new legislation, regulation and operating guidelines, it's important that the impact AIS will have is positive. FMSC hopes to ease this transition through the provision of AIS instruction to assist the maritime professional’s integration with this technology.

  • AIS legislation, regulations, and guidelines.

  • Basic AIS operating principles.

  • The use of AIS from the shipboard perspective.

  • Equipment capabilities and limitations.

  • Operational limitations of AIS.

  • Integration of AIS into the VTS operating environment.

  • Any changes in responsibility and liability of the VTS as a result of AIS.

  • Contingency planning in the event of AIS failure.

  • Scenarios and exercises to familiarise operators with the use of AIS.

MARK011 Manoeuvre the ship, Nationally Recognised UoC - Under development. 
(to replace the superseded MARK004 Perform basic vessel manoeuvres) 

Advanced Marine Pilot training - Under development.

Advanced Human Factors - Under development.
Please email any of the following for a Short Course Enrolment application form: