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At the end of each session, the data is compiled, quantified, and analyzed, and the various observations and recommendations are synthesized to create a plan for future skill improvements and other risk mitigations. Ultimately this creates a concise picture of key performance indicators and trends that may require additional actions to help mitigate risk.

At the end of a pre-determined number of NSAP® sessions as determined by the company, a comprehensive NSAP® summary report is generated which reveals the following information:

  • Competency/performance gaps
  • Areas of strengths
  • Recommendations for training

Analysis may also include trends by experience, computer use, education, and other pre-defined areas. Session and summary reports provide management with valuable data to make knowledgeable decisions toward managing human risk factors, recruitment, and retention.

The NSAP® provides companies with a realistic mechanism to safely identify, assess, and control watchkeeping and navigational risk through wheelhouse simulation, feedback, and comprehensive reports.


“I have recently been assessed at MITAGS through their the Navigation Skills Assessment Program (NSAP)®.  The NSAP® was by far the best and most enjoyable maritime educational challenge of my career. I literally can’t wait to do it again. It made me realize the $20K in courses and all the time spent in obtaining my 1600 Ton Oceans was worth it.  The program not only showed me where I need to focus my attention on, it highlighted my skills and strengths.”

-Dan Schweitzer


“The NSAP® was a very effective way to accomplish both objectives and provided a valuable tool to identify opportunities for improvement both on an individual and fleet-wide level. It brought broad issues to the surface quickly like overreliance on ECDIS and lack of effective COLREGS application. Of further note is a definite cultural shift after the officers went through the NSAP® process: Captains were taking lessons learned back to their vessels to raise the level of watchstanding by mates.”

-Captain Scott Craig, Director, Marine Development and Compliance, Crowley Marine Services


“I’m highly impressed with the work you are doing and the way you go about developing the NSAP® product. I also enjoyed meeting and spending time with the MITAGS Leadership Team, an impressive group of people. And last but not least, it was personally very gratifying to see the Cockpit Resource Management principles we developed at NASA during the 70s and 80s translated so effectively into the marine environment.”

-Dr. John Lauber, former Chief of the Aeronautical Human Factors, Research Office of NASA


“Overall, the assessment MITAGS West Coast campus has developed for their NSAP® was observed to be sound and well aligned to the performance skills of interest. Specifically, their group of subject matter experts possess an extraordinary wealth of practical ship piloting knowledge and experience, and were able to craft a well-designed exercise that incorporates more than 20 plausible, challenging, and in some cases, unexpected event scenarios to serve as measures for their assessment.”

-Alan Koenig PhD, Markus Iseli, PhD UCLA National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing


“The assessment process including the simulation scenarios are scientifically engineered to uncover the true and actual level of competency of a navigating officer giving ship owners/ship managers a vivid picture of risk areas that will need to be mitigated. It provides highly valuable input equal to if not more than what can be gathered from professional/technical interviews, simulation training, workplace (on the job) assessment and performance appraisal combined.”

-Captain Terence Uytingban, General Manager, UltraShip Crewing Phils., Inc.


As a result of global demand for an objective tool in risk mitigation, MITAGS has implemented the NSAP® at various International Training Centers (ITC) throughout the world.