Maritime Crew Resource Management

Managing the human factor for safe and efficient teams

To improve safety and efficiency, it is necessary to understand what drives human behaviour and how it can be managed. Specific attention goes to human involvement.

MCRM is a course designed to develop positive attitudes to communication and management skills. In addition, it aims to generate a common vocabulary which facilitates the dialogue about human behaviour and skills. It also provides tools that can be employed in the operative environment to stimulate the desired behaviour.

From academics to practice and back

Our MCRM training combines academic knowledge with a practical approach. The course has been developed by CAE and is delivered under license by highly experienced members of our seafaring staff serving ashore and on board.

CAE has been at the forefront of Human Factor Training for the maritime industry since its key involvement in the development of the original Bridge Resource Management (BRM) course in the early 1990’s.

Additional navigation simulation training

This eight-day customized course is for deck officers with limited recent navigation experience – for instance, due to completing contracts on vessels which are permanently berthed. The course is aimed at maintaining navigation skills at a high standard.

The course starts with a three-day MCRM training which focuses on bridge operations, discussing navigation incidents, and how to prevent them. It gives the participants tools to use during the following hands-on navigation exercises in the simulator.

The subsequent five-day simulator training focuses on navigation skills and the application of BRM principles. The simulator has three navigation bridges, all equipped with SAM Electronics equipment. Selected training areas are the congested waters of Singapore, Dover and Gibraltar Straits. One day is dedicated to navigating with a pilot.

This course is organized at MTC Hamburg.


CAE’s MCRM programme is certified by DNV against the STCW requirements as amended in 2010 for mandatory Bridge and Engine Resource Management training at the operational and management levels. The amendments came into force in January 2012.


Entry Standards: all deck officers and engineers

Duration: 3,5 days for basic training; 8 days if navigation/simulation training is added

Language: English

Approach: classroom learning and workshop discussion

Minimum 8, maximum 12 participants

Price: on demand – Contact us for additional navigation/simulation training prices as well.

Upcoming training dates

26-29 September 2017 - Antwerp, Belgium

10-13 October 2017 - Odessa, Ukraine

06-09 November 2017 - Kingston, Jamaica