The post title is a bit misleading, I believe NSAP was started to address complaints from shipping companies, the navy is taking note, not something they “found”
Here’s the description of NSAP program. -
Navigation Skills Assessment Program (NSAP®)
Individual Course / Program
Length 2 Days
Full Mission Simulation/De-brief
Ship, Tug, OSV, Ferry
Chart or Voyage Plan
Merchant Mariner License
This innovative Navigation Skills Assessment Program utilizes custom simulation scenarios and assessment criteria based on a company’s defined knowledge and skill requirements to objectively measure the mariner’s performance. The results: Knowledge and skill gaps are identified and recommendations are made.
Areas assessed during the simulation include:
COLREGS / Rules of the Road
Bridge Resource Management
Company Policies and Procedures
Performance at each measurement point is rated: Highly Effective; Effective; Not Effective; and, in some cases Unsatisfactory. using a numerical point scale.
A comprehensive report is generated at the end of each assessment session for review purposes. This report includes the evaluator(s) observations and comments for each attendee and general recommendations that address the individual’s knowledge and skill gaps. Observations and recommendations may include further training or implementation of additional company policies and procedures.
This Navigation Skills Assessment Program provides a safe and meaningful experience for mariners to improve on their performance, especially if the company has recently experienced an incident.