I just wonder how many here have actually sailed with Chinese crews, or worked with Chinese officers?
It surely is a difference in opinion between nationalities who is the best and the worst seamen. Norwegians are convinced of their superior seafaring skills in general, while the Dutch is just as convinced that they are the best in towing, salvage and dredging.
It appears that Americans also thinks they are the best, with a superior Maritime Education and Certification system and Training Institutes, but the rest of the maritime world may not be as convinced.
The Chinese don’t brag as much, but they have a long seafaring history and are the largest maritime nation today. The number of Chinese seafarers far exceeds that of Norwegian, Dutch and American combined. If you include the Inland and Fishing fleets as well, they become even more numerous. (Throw in the Navies as well for good measures)
The fact is that you find good and bad seamen of all nationalities, but the education and certification system has a lot to do with the average standard in the various countries.
I’m looking forward to a meeting in the Aalesund Shipping Club next week, where Mr. Jo Even Tomren of the Norwegian Training Center in Manila will be one of the speakers, on the subject of; “26 years with Norwegian-trained Filipino Seafarers”.
It may be enlightening to learn about the standard of Maritime Education in the Philippines and how NTC Manila is able to ensure the quality of their graduates, many of whom will serve on Norwegian owned and operated ships throughout their career and reach the highest levels in their profession.
PS> For those who may be interested in how the Chinese Maritime Education system works, here is a link: iamu-edu.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/wu.pdf
And a link to the web page for Norwegian Maritime Foundation of the Philippines, of which NTC Manila is a part: http://tesdatrainingcourses.com/norwegian-maritime-foundation-of-the-philippines.html