The newly elected President of The Nautical Institute, Captain Nick Nash has pledged to help in its efforts to improve standards of ship handling and bridge resource management.
Nash is Senior Master for Carnival Corporation’s 144,000 GRT, 3650 passenger vessel the Royal Princess. He also teaches at the group’s simulator training facility in Amsterdam, where he is a part-time lecturer on bridge resource management and ship handling.
The Institute has recently published a ship handling logbook aimed at providing users with an essential tool to help them manage the development of their skills and take advantage of training opportunities.
“Ship handling is probably the most important skill for mariners and one of the most difficult to practice,” said Nash at the Institute’s AGM in Malta. “It is very important to gain sea-time experience and develop ship handling skills.”
Mariners using the logbook can record and reflect on their experiences, provide evidence of what has been learned, identify gaps and be encouraged to take opportunities to learn more.
Nash also served as Vice-President and Senior Vice-President for The Nautical Institute and is an active and enthusiastic member of Council.
The AGM saw further changing of the guard. Captain James Robinson handed over as Chairman of the Institute’s Executive Board to Peter Hinchliffe, and Captain Robbie Middleton handed over his role of Treasurer to Captain Duncan Telfer.