What is special about this course?
The UK shipping industry relies on recruiting motivated young people to operate a range of ships that trade on a world wide basis. The purpose of this new marine training programme is to prepare young people for a career at sea, at rating level, by providing them with the necessary basic skills and qualifications required by ship operators in the UK.
Candidates must -
- Be at least 17 years of age.
- Have successfully completed the basic training required by STCW Code A-VI/1
- Hold a Navigational Watch Rating Certificate or a steering certificate; or proof of having obtained sufficient experience
- Meet the medical fitness requirements and have completed 12 months sea service in the deck department,
- or hold a deck officer certificate of competency (Fishing)Sea-service performed in a deck capacity on sea-going fishing vessels of more than 16.5 m in registered length will be counted in full but at least 6 months sea-service on merchant ships will be required for certification as an AB seaman
- Candidates with other types of sea service or training may be considered by the Maritime Coastguard Agency for entry to the examination on an individual basis.
Course Syllabus and examination -
- Meaning of common nautical terms
- Navigational watch keeping duties
- Lifesaving appliances and fire fighting appliances.
Practical work as follows -
- Knots, bends and hitches
- Common splices
- Parcel and serve a splice
- Whipping and seizings
- Care, use and storage of ropes and wires
- Stoppers for ropes and wires
- Slinging of stages and bosun’s chair
- Rigging of pilot ladders, gangways and accommodation ladders
- Hydrostatic Release Unit - HRU
- Rigging a derrick
- Securing the deck for severe weather
- Hatches and watertight doors
- Anchor cables
- Code of Safe Working Practice for Merchant Seamen (COSWP) 1998.
How will I study my course?
- Short course
How long will my course last?
Short course - 5 days
Where can I study my course?
- Lews Castle College, UHI, Stornoway
12 - 16 November 2018 04 - 08 March 2019Please contact Admissions at Lews Castle College UHI for more information on start dates.
Most full-time students will have their fees paid.
Students on part-time courses may also be eligible to have their course fees waived.
What can I do on completion of my course?
Successful candidates are required to complete a further 12 months sea time before gaining Able Seaman status.
Is there more information available online?
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