Singapore the Nautical Institute launched a very crucial learning programme,
the Command Diploma Scheme. The core subjects of the scheme effectively meet
the needs as identified by the aspiring masters such as onboard leadership and
management, navigation and ship handling, ship’s commercial business and the
most important one of coping with emergencies.
scheme thoroughly prepares them to discharge their responsibilities with the
knowledge of the realities of command at sea. .
It comprises a well thought-out programme of
self-directed learning, with challenging practical assignments, plus a final
essay and interview, all designed to take the candidate far beyond the minimum
requirements of STCW. The work of the candidates is assessed by experienced
mariners, senior members of the Nautical Institute.
The Institute notes that, the award of
the Command Diploma offers a way for new Masters both to build their confidence
and to distinguish themselves from their colleagues. In today’s highly
competitive and challenging work environment, there is a significant advantage
to having independent verification of readiness to serve successfully as
David Patraiko FNI, Director of Projects for The
Nautical Institute, stated: “Assuming command of a ship is a huge
responsibility; you become responsible for the lives of your crew, the ship,
your cargo, the commercial success of your company and of course the
environment. The NI Command Diploma Scheme is a culmination of many experienced
Masters’ knowledge brought together to help the Master-to-be prepare as best
possible for this ultimate challenge”.