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The Nautical Institute launches learning programme for ship masters

In 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.

The 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 Master.

 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”.


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