Nautical Institute HE Alert Microsite

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Education, training and career development - crucial for safe operations

Apr 2009

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  • Editorial (20)

    Editorial (20)


    Once upon a time, the majority of those who went to sea did so because they wanted to be the master or chief engineer of a ship - others simply wanted to go to sea. Very few had aspirations towards a career ashore.

  • Occupational standards for shore-based ship management

    Occupational standards for shore-based ship management

    Captain Nigel Palmer, Chairman, Merchant Navy Training Board (UK)

    The MNTB has recently reviewed its training programmes for seagoing Officer Trainees. One area that has been neglected in the past has been shore-based ship management. The MNTB has therefore developed a suite of National Occupational Standards covering shore-based ship management occupations.

  • Investing in training

    Investing in training

    Captain David L Watkins, Fleet Safety, Security and Environmental Manager, The China Navigation Co Ltd.

    Captain Watkins reflects on some important human element issues. Hitherto, the senior officers on most of our ships would come from the Commonwealth countries but we are now seeing some good masters emerging particularly from the Peoples' Republic of China (PRC), the Ukraine and the Philippines.

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