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General Purpose Ratings

Pre-sea training for General Purpose Ratings
GP Ratings
Induction to Shipping

Phase #1
Pre-sea Familiarisation and Safety Studies - 3 Months

The first phase provides students with a background to the maritime industry as well as essential safety to study components mandated as perquisites for seagoing employment. Studies meeting the requirements of 11/4 of STCW 1995 & section A-11/4 of STCW code with respect to initial safety study. The phase must be completed at our strategic Campus.

Core Modules Mandatory Safety Courses
1. Overview of the Shipping Industry Elementary First Aid - EFA
2. Deck Watch keeping Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities - PSSR
3. Vessel Maintenance Proficiency in Survival Techniques - PST
4. Seamanship Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting - FPFF
5. Rope work Proficiency in Security Training for Seafarers with Designate
6. Basic Navigation Security Duties - STSDS
7. Ship Operations Chemical/Gas/Oil Tanker Familiarisation (Optional)
8. General Ship Knowledge
9. Safety in Cargo Operations

Phase #2
Watchkeeping Certificate, Seagoing Studies - 9/12 Months

Building on the background and safety content of the Pre-sea, students proceed to sea for a period of 12months as General Purpose Ratings. Requirements for certification of ratings as part of Navigational Deck Watchkeeping. Whilst undertaking many routine and support level duties at sea as Deck Ratings, at the discretion of the ship's officers, students will gain sea service as ordinary seaman for a period of 12 months.

After obtaining Navigational Watch keeping student will further proceed for sea going service as Able Bodied seaman for a period of 24 months in order to satisfy eligibility requirements for Deck Watch Keepers -IInd Mates Certificate of Competency (Advanced Diploma in Nautical Science).

Students willing to continue their career as AB can continue their sea service
Students willing to further appear for BSc. Nautical Science must pass 10+2 (PCM) from NIOS.

Phase #3
Deck Watch Keeper (Advanced Diploma) Studies - IInd Mates - 6/9 Months

On completion of the on-board study phase, cadets enroll in and complete the Advanced Diploma in Nautical Science (IInd Mates), to be conducted at Launceston Campus, of Australian Maritime College, of the University of Tasmania, Australia. Study includes consolidation of many practical and safety related components as well as an elective stream in a specific industry sector.

Phase #4
Seagoing Experience (IIIrd/IInd Officer) - 12/18 Months

During the Phase #4 candidates will gain sea services as 3rd / 2nd officer in charge of a navigational watch in order to satisfy eligibility requirements for the Chief Mates Certificate of Competency.

Phase #5
Bachelors’ (Nautical Science) - Academic & Practical Studies - 6 Months

In the final phase of the Degree students undertake studies appropriate to ship management duties. This includes administration and organization, business and law ship handling, Ship Master nautical knowledge and command navigation (simulation). The Bachelor Degree aligning with STCW Regulation II/2 and STCW Regulation III/2 and approved by Australian Maritime and Safety Authority – AMSA, Australian Government. On completion of this study students would complete their academic program and attempt their Chief Mates’ orals.

Masters - Academic Studies - 6 Months
Students will be encouraged to continue their off-the-job studies at this point for a further 6 months in order to complete the academic components of the Ship Master Program.

Phase #6
Seagoing Experience (IInd/Chief Officer) - 12 Months

Students will gain sea service as 2nd / Chief Deck Officer in charge of a navigational watch in order to satisfy eligibility requirements for the Masters Certificate of Competency. Masters Viva.

Phase #7
Masters Viva - 2 Weeks

After the necessary sea service with Chief Mate’s Certificate of Competency, students will undertake Ship Masters orals.

Sail as Master (Captain) of the Ship