West Nautical hosted its inaugural Captains’ Meeting in association with KG Maritime, the South Shields Marine School and Akzonobel AwlGrip paint factory. West Nautical along with Kate Gillespie from KG Maritime developed the simulated scenarios making them Superyacht-specific and crew-focused to ensure that the attendees gained as much experience in a realistic environment.

Over the two days, the Captains had to deal with a crew stabbing in the Galley, a severe fire in the engine room, missing crew, a sea rescue of immigrants along the Gulf of Suez, collisions in Sydney Harbour, mayday distress situations, a death on board, all with demanding guests on the bridge and whilst dealing with major incidents happening all around them.

Two days of bridge simulator training using simulated 40-90m motor yachts, in seven sessions,  and were undertaken by five superyacht captains and a chief officer. Individual debriefs following each, with a view to improve bridge team resource management and emergency response training. The objective and primary purpose of the Command and Control course was to continue to build strong relations between the Captains and West Nautical, whilst focusing on industry issues and concerns. They focused on senior level training for Captains in their primary function as a navigation and commanding officer on board during emergency situations.

What’s more, the West Nautical yacht management team was put to the test, with their office team playing an integral role, dealing with the captains via telephone and testing their responses as managers. Moreover, to ensure maximum knowledge and insight was gained, those Captains not involved in the simulations were split up into groups: one to observe and discuss the bridge team’s response; the other to observe the West Nautical team’s response.