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Sunday, June 28, 2015

MARINE RATINGS AND DOCUMENT REQUIREMENTS

Some African youths are willing to join maritime transportation, but duo to lake of knowledge  on where to start from makes them to sit back and look unto God. 
 
  On this article, i will like to mention some documents which can qualify you to become a seaman/seafarer just as a rating. Ratings earn between $600 - 1200 US DOLLAR per month, depend on the company. 
 
I will like to use Nigeria as an example of the bellow document listed. Your country may have some changes or those documents can be change too, but just to give you some idea on things you really need.   
 
FOR ABLE SEAMAN (AB) THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTS:

1) FIRST IN SEAMANSHIP PRACTICALS
2) SECOND IN GENERAL SHIP KNOWLEDGE.
3) PERSONAL SAFETY & SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
4) PERSONAL SURVIVAL TECHNIQUES.
5) FIRE PREVENTION & FIRE FIGHTING.
6) ELEMENTARY FIRST – AID
7) OIL TANKER FAMILIARISATION
10) DECK WATCHKEEPING CERTIFICATE OF NAVIGATIONAL WATCH
11) PREPARATORY COURSE FOR RATING FORMING
PART OF A NAVIGATIONAL WATCH
12) PROFICIENCY IN SURVIVAL CRAFT & RESCUE
BOATS OTHER THAN FAST RESCUE BOATS COMPENTANCY
13) SEAMAN RECORD BOOK AND INTERNATIONAL PASSPORT
14) NIMASA MEDICAL AND SID

WHILE OILER/MOTORMAN  NEED THE FOLLOWING:

1) FIRST IN SEAMANSHIP PRACTICALS
2) SECOND IN GENERAL SHIP KNOWLEDGE.
3) PERSONAL SAFETY & SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
4) PERSONAL SURVIVAL TECHNIQUES.
5) FIRE PREVENTION & FIRE FIGHTING.
6) ELEMENTARY FIRST – AID
7) OIL TANKER FAMILIARISATION
10) ENGINE ROOM WATCHKEEPING CERTIFICATE
11) PREPARATORY COURSE FOR RATING FORMING
PART OF A NAVIGATIONAL WATCH
12) PROFICIENCY IN SURVIVAL CRAFT & RESCUE
BOATS OTHER THAN FAST RESCUE BOATS COMPENTANCY
13) SEAMAN RECORD BOOK AND INTERNATIONAL PASSPORT14) NIMASA MEDICAL AND SID
Please note, the above mention documents most be done in a recognized maritime training center... 
 
FOLLOW THIS BLOG FOR FUTURE POST ON OFFICERS DOCUMENT REQUIREMENTS  AND OTHERS.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Deck and engine Cadet duties and responsibilities

To become a seafarer is very easy and also can be very difficult.  On this article  i will like to list the first steps of any seafarer who wish to work as an officer onboard the ship. 
   
    Firstly you most have at least educational degree up to Bachelors(Bsc), in any maritime institution. You may ask why you need this if you already technical knowledge on electrical, marine engine navigation , management , etc. This standard has been set up by the International maritime organization(IMO) to make sure that all seafarers are been trained in a high standard ways, which help the ship owners to run and maintain there ships in a safety and lost free environment. Shipping been the world largest and most important way of transporting Cargo from one port to the other, should be protected by training a very qualify personnel's, who are capable of managing the ship offshore.

    Now, while in your educational time, you are expected to attend to a practical training (Cadet), where the already professionals will teach you practically on the field of your studies (Engine or Deck).

Duties & Responsibility of a Cadet or Trainee :


1) Following the senior offers instructions (very important)

2) You most apply safe working practices in all your duties (All you most have in mind is safety first) 

3) To execute assigned duties safely , work procedure, to best ability, and report any hazardous condition with delay to duty officer.

4)  Most diligently follow instructions and structure of onboard training , make sure to complete the task or questions listed on the training/cadet record book. Also make sure you keep up to date of your training record book, ask questions on what you dont understand to your duty officer.

5)  You most be actively seek to learn the duties of  the ranks(mostly the next rank of yours) .

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