Foreign Maritime Training


Poulsson claims that shipping companies are customers of the training establishments. But they are unique in wanting to be customers without contributing anything. I was lucky in being funded throughout my career by my employer for courses but now the student is the one that is paying.


The regulators are the customers, but mostly the students are the financial sheep to be fleeced by the schools.


Is there a study guide for UKLAP out there? Or how does one prep for it?


That depends on where you are in the world. or which company you work for.
It is definitively true for the US, but very much different in Scandinavia and most of NW Europe, where education is free and low cost loans and grants are available to cover living expenses while studying.

Several Shipowning/Ship Managment companies operate their own training centres and academies in major source countries like the Philippines, Ukraine and India to ensure recruitment of well qualified seafarers for their fleet in the future. Education is free, but they have to sign up for a period of service in return.

PS> A lot have changed since you and I went through that process, Hogsnort.
Thanks heaven for that.


Which is what MARAD should be doing to support the American mariner and merchant marine … that is if it were not a captive of the shipping company lobbyists who are focused on eliminating the American merchant marine and those who sail in it in any capacity other than KP cadet.


Because of military service I was later than my contemporaries in completing my qualifications I was fortunate enough to enjoy the privilege of study leave and a continuous salary. A Master 10 years older than me when I sailed as Mate was an indentured apprentice. Because his father died after being torpedoed in World War 2 a charity paid for his indenture to the shipping company. Not a bad deal, you or your parents pay the employer and he works you 7 days a week for 4 years.
Both he and many of my contemporaries then applied for the unemployment payment for the six months studying for their second mates foreign going ticket so they could have somewhere to sleep and something to eat.
Before I retired I was lucky enough to see some really excellent training facilities that are training today’s mariner including a couple of company run establishments in Singapore.


How did Indonesia get STCW-95 approval, very very poor training there and zero English


A Philippine Maritime training institute has acquired a training ship with capacity for 200 cadets:


UK to build a combined Emergency Aid and Maritime Training vessel:

Good idea, or impossible combination??


Kongsberg bring out simulator to improve maritime FiFi training:
Should also reduce risk of injuries during training.


I can see the simulator being used to good effect to train the senior officers. To me it is a waste of time to require the personnel in the 3 senior positions on the ship to run around with breathing apparatus on every 5 years.
That said the personnel who are going to be wearing the BA’s and the hoses need to experience what it is like in claustrophobic, hot and flame fuelled mockup of a ship’s engine room.


Falck Safety Services changes name to RelyOn Nutec:


NYK Shipmanagement Pte Ltd., Singapore is introducing Digital guidance for ECDIS operation:

It should help navigation officers master the ECDIS quicker, thus increase safety at sea.


I got an e-mail from Lloyd’s Maritime Institute yesterday with an offer of 50% discount when joining their distant learning SMS auditing course:

No interest for me, but maybe somebody here aiming for a change of career could be interested?

LMT offers a lot of different maritime related courses by distant learning:

PS> This type of courses should not require USCG approval I believe. (??)


I can’t imagine a worse job.


Had to take the Canadian Equivalent to some US courses to convert some of my US credentials to Canadian, the training was night and day the US really needs to steep their game up. Plus after I pass the course i can take my certificate straight to an examiner and he issues me a certificate that day so I can sail while I wait for my official tickets to come back from Ottawa, unlike the Gong Show of the nmc


As you say, the Canadian courses are very serious high quality training. A while ago I had two Canadians in the crew; they were top notch. I’d never seen anyone correctly get into a survival suit so fast.

NMC could learn a lot from the Canadians.


I was fortunate enough to experience the uscg licensing system before they made the switch to the NMC, the Canadian systems is very similar to the way the USCG used to be, the Canadians still use discharge books to document sea time and I am using the same examiner from my Bridgewatch rating to my mates license so if I have any questions I can contact him directly. To Get a Canadian AB it’s about 7-12 grand and about 6 weeks of training. During my Canadian BST they had to have rescue divers in the pool to make sure you didn’t drown during the pool segment which was a full blown storm simulator


That’s the pool we did our life raft and survival techniques in… it was wild


Just out of curiosity are you a dual national or do you have a PR card.