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Bridge Team Management (Paperless)

About this course

‘Paperless’ bridge operations, using ECDIS to replace the paper chart, have become the focus of much attention from national and international administrative bodies and seafarers from all quarters of the maritime community.  As such, the Bridge Team Management (Paperless) course has been developed at the request of several industry majors to meet their needs in this significant change to hitherto ‘traditional’ practices and to assist in their transition to paperless navigation.  

The five-day course includes all the requirements of the normal BTM course, including emergencies and dealing with pilots, but all navigation is carried out using the ECDIS systems.  Different ECDIS systems may be fitted and used on the full mission bridge simulator, depending on a customer's requirements.

Company procedures are used to add to the realism, while changes to procedures can be tested in a safe environment before being used at sea.

We run this course for a minimum and maximum of four candidates and is designed for bespoke company training.

The course is optimised for four candidates ranging in rank from Master to third officer, thus allowing all participants to rotate through all roles and appreciate the difficulties and differences of each position.

Prerequisites include: 

  • Certificate of Competency as OOW or above
  • MCA recognised ECDIS certificate

Course delivery location

This course is delivered from our new maritime simulation centre at Solent University's main East Park Terrace campus in Southampton city centre. Please check your joining instructions for further information. 

How to book

Please contact the admissions team if you require more information about this course:

Telephone: +44 (0)23 8201 5004 

Normal office hours are (UK time):
Monday - Thursday: 08.30 - 17.00
Friday 08.30 - 16.30

Online bookings will be confirmed with joining information within one working day of the booking being made. Confirmation of payment should be received in the normal way.

Please ensure you follow the booking process and do not enter payment details more than once, unless you are booking more than one course. If you experience any issues, please email

Your joining instructions will tell you which campus your training will take place at - please read carefully and take note.

Course availability

Please contact the admissions team for dates and availability.

Course information

Training towards

The transition to paperless navigation.





Teaching methods

Full mission simulator and classroom.


Certificate of Competency as OOW or above.

MCA recognised ECDIS certificate.

Entry level

See prerequisites 

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