Deck Officer Class 1 Conversion to Merchant Navy Officer of the Watch (Unlimited)

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DECK OFFICER CLASS 1 CONVERSION TO MERCHANT NAVY OFFICER OF THE WATCH (UNLIMITED)


This conversion course is for those who hold the MCA Deck Officer Class 1 (Fishing) qualification and who wish to obtain the Merchant Navy Officer of the Watch (Unlimited) qualification. The course covers the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) Higher National (HN) qualification but please note additional short courses will be required to achieve the Officer of the Watch Certificate of Competency Regulation II/1.

Entry requirements:

Deck Officer Class 1 (Fishing).

Content:

SQA HN Marine Cargo Operations Unit

SQA HN Ships Stability: An Introduction Unit

Duration:

4 weeks Scottish Maritime Academy

Progression opportunities:

This allows the candidate to convert Officer of the Watch (Unlimited) if they have the relevant sea time and undertake additional short courses. It is the responsibility of candidates to ensure that all entry requirements for the course are met prior to attending the course.

Availability:

Start: 05/03/2018
End: 30/03/2018

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Cost:

£950.00

ECDIS - TYPE SPECIFIC - FURUNO

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This course has been designed for candidates who have completed ECDIS generic training and now require equipment specific training. It has been designed for officers in charge of a navigational watch.

Entry requirements:

Those attending the course should have completed the generic 5 day IMO 1.27 ECDIS course

Content:

A minimum of 2 days using Furuno computer based type specific package and assessment. This is supported by experienced ECDIS tutors.

Duration:

2 days approx

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Cost:

£600.00

Efficient Deckhand (EDH)

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EFFICIENT DECKHAND (EDH)


This course is suitable for those with at least 6 months sea service in vessels of more than 15m who wish to progress from basic deckhand to able bodied seafarer qualifications.

Entry requirements:

Candidates must be at least 17 years old and have completed STCW basic safety courses; hold a steering or navigation watch rating certificate and the seafarer medical test (ENG 1).

Content:

The course includes theoretical and practical training in all elements of seamanship including:

  • Rope and wire handling
  • Anchors and mooring techniques
  • Opening and closing cargo hatches
  • Cargo gear and rigging
  • Gangway and pilot ladders,
  • Watchkeeping and other duties

Duration:

5 days, Scottish Maritime Academy.

Progression opportunities:

On completion of 36 months of qualifying sea service, in an acceptable deck capacity, you may be eligible to undertake the HNC Nautical Science course and progress to MCA certification towards Officer of the Watch Certificate of Competency.

Availability:

Start: 12/02/2018
End: 16/02/2018

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Start: 26/03/2018
End: 30/03/2018

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Start: 08/05/2018
End: 11/05/2018

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Cost:

£500.00

Electronic Chart Display & Information Systems (ECDIS) - IMO 1.27 Generic

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ELECTRONIC CHART DISPLAY & INFORMATION SYSTEMS (ECDIS)


This course provides instruction on the use and operation of ECDIS through understanding the capabilities and limitations of the system. It meets the guidance of IMO Model Course 1.27, the operational use of ECDIS, for generic ECDIS training

Practical exercises using desktop simulators reinforce the theory and provide an opportunity to develop and practice responses to training scenarios.


Entry requirements:

All Deck Officers who hold a Certificate of Competence issued in accordance with the 2010 Manila amendments should be trained in the use of ECDIS.

Content:

• Legal aspects and requirements

• Main types of electronic charts

• ECDIS data and presentation of data sensors

• Basic navigational functions

• Special functions for route planning and monitoring

• Updating ECDIS Chart Systems

Duration:

5 days, Scottish Maritime Academy.

Availability:

Start: 29/01/2018
End: 02/02/2018

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Start: 05/03/2018
End: 09/03/2018

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Start: 23/04/2018
End: 27/04/2018

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Start: 28/05/2018
End: 01/06/2018

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Start: 18/06/2018
End: 22/06/2018

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Cost:

£900.00

GMDSS General Operators Certificate (Radio)

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GMDSS GENERAL OPERATORS CERTIFICATE (RADIO)


Successful completion of this certificate permits you to operate a GMDSS radio installation, including satellite communications equipment, on compulsorily fitted vessels sailing in any of the GMDSS sea areas A1, A2, A3 or A4.

Course Fee = £1,040 + £160 GMDSS exam fee

Entry requirements:

Minimum of 18 years of age.

Note - delegates are required to provide photographic identification (driving license or passport) and 2 passport size photographs on the first day of the course.

Content:

  • Safety of life at sea (SOLAS) – General Radio regulations; Distress communications and log-keeping
  • Practical operation of MF/HF terrestrial transceiver; VHF transceiver; Navtex; HF MF/VHF/DSC equipment; Inmarsat C System; Inmarsat F77 Systems; SART and EPIRB

Duration:

2 weeks, Scottish Maritime Academy.

Availability:

Start: 29/01/2018
End: 09/02/2018

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Start: 12/03/2018
End: 23/03/2018

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Start: 14/05/2018
End: 25/05/2018

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Cost:

£1,200.00

HNC Nautical Science (blended learning)

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HNC NAUTICAL SCIENCE
A blended learning programme, this course is a mixture of self-study and attendance at the Academy and is ideal for Deck Ratings who wish to gain further qualifications whilst working.


Entry requirements:

Entry to the HNC is at the discretion of the centre.

Officer of the Watch (Reg II/1 Unltd) requires a minimum of 36 months sea service in an acceptable deck capacity on ordinary trading vessels, and written testimonials to demonstrate that a minimum of 6 months have been spent on bridge duties in the last 12 months of sea service. It is the responsibility of candidates to ensure that all entry requirements for the course and the issue of a Notice of Eligibility (NoE) by the MCA are met prior to undertaking full OOW Unltd CoC.

Content:

• Celestial Navigation • Marine Meteorology • Bridge Watchkeeping • Navigational Mathematics and Science • Ship Construction • Chart work and Tides • Ship Stability • Marine Cargo Ops • Emergency Response and Communications • Marine Law and Management and Nautical Science Graded Unit 1

Duration:

12-14 months self-study combined with 3 week blocks of face-to-face tuition and supervised assessment. (minimum of 50 days mandatory attendance at College). The 3 week sessions in College are timetabled as follows:

w/c 4th September 2017 to 22nd September 2017

w/c 30th October 2017 to 17th November 2017

w/c 8th January 2018 to 26th January 2018

w/c 5th March 2018 to 23rd March 2018

w/c 30th April 2018 to 18th May 2018

w/c 18th June 2018 to 6th July 2018

Attendance at College for face-to- face tuition is strongly recommended

Progression opportunities:

Completion of this HNC allows candidates to prepare for SQA external examinations leading to OOW Unltd

(Navigation, Stability and Operations).

You may then progress towards the HND Nautical Science leading to the Chief Mate Certificate of Competency followed by the full Master’s certification.

Availability:

The course is offered on a rolling programme and students can enrol at any time.


HND Nautical Science (blended learning)

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HND NAUTICAL SCIENCE

This programme is ideal for those who are working at sea as an Officer of the Watch on four weeks on/off or similar pattern. Candidates can continue study and achieve a HND, leading to Chief Mate (Unlimited) without lengthy periods of study leave from employment.

Entry requirements:

At the discretion of the centre.

To achieve Chiefmate/Master (Reg II/2 Unltd) candidates require not less than 12 months sea service as a Watchkeeping Officer whilst holding a Certificate of Competency (CoC) Officer of the Watch. Discharge book entries verifying sea service. Watchkeeping certificates to support all watchkeeping sea service.

It is the responsibility of candidates to ensure that all entry requirements for the course and the issue of a Notice of Eligibility (NoE) by the MCA are met prior to attending the course.

Content:

Information Technology, Applied Software 1, Marine Passage Planning, Management of Bridge Operation, Applied Marine Meteorology, Ship Stability: Theory and Practical Application, Marine Vessels: Structures and Maintenance, Management of Vessel Operations, Ship Masters Business, Shipboard Management, Safety Management System, Nautical Science Graded Unit 2, Nautical Science Graded Unit 3.

Duration:

20 - 24 month(s)

*Mandatory 12 separate week college attendance are required for face to face course delivery and supervised assessment.


Progression opportunities:

Completion of the HND allows candidates to progress Chief Mate (Unlimited) and may allow access to Year 2 or Year 3 of a maritime degree at a range of HE institutions.

Opportunities exist for employment ashore in various maritime related industries for well qualified and experienced ship's officers.


Availability:

This course is offered on a rolling programme and you may apply at any time.


Human Element Leadership and Management (HELM) - Operational Level

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HUMAN ELEMENT LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT (HELM) - OPERATIONAL LEVEL


This course will provide you with awareness and understanding of the key human factors influencing performance on board a vessel at an operational level. Delegates will acquire and develop tools and practical skills to apply on board, enhancing the safe operation of the ship and care for personnel.

Entry requirements:

You should meet the minimum seagoing service requirements for the issue of a first Certificate of Competency.

Content:

• Shipboard human resource management

• International maritime conventions and guidelines

• Task / workload management

• Effective communications on board and ashore

• Cultural aspects and team working principles

• Assertiveness, leadership and motivation principles

• Understanding, developing and maintaining situational awareness:

• The influences of situation and risk assessment

• Identify and manage fatigue and stress

• Shipboard training and continuous professional development

Duration:

3 days, Scottish Maritime Academy.

Availability:

Start: 12/02/2018
End: 14/02/2018

Spaces available


Cost:

£400.00

Navigation Aids, Equipment and Simulator Training – Operational Level – NAEST (O)

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This course provides candidates with the fundamental knowledge and skills to keep a safe navigational watch and to use radar, ARPA and other navigational aids to maintain safety of navigation.

Entry requirements:

No formal entry requirements

Content:

  • Basic principles of electronic navigational systems
  • Loran C
  • Satellite navigation systems
  • ECDIS
  • Logs, Echo Sounders, Compasses and Steering Systems
  • Radar and ARPA
  • AIS
  • Bridge watchkeeping and teamwork
  • Integrated Bridge Systems

  • The NAEST element is continuously assessed through simulator exercises with a final written examination.

    Duration:

    5 weeks (inc ECDIS)

    Availability:

    Start: 19/02/2018
    End: 23/03/2018

    Spaces available


    Cost:

    £3,000.00

    STCW Elementary First Aid and Seafish First Aid (including Refresher)

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    STCW ELEMENTARY FIRST AID


    To provide you with a basic knowledge of the immediate action to be taken upon encountering an accident or other medical emergency on board ship. Assessment is by direct observation, oral questioning and simulated scenarios.

    Content:

    • Casualty Positioning Resuscitation techniques
    • Control of bleeding
    • Basic shock management
    • Improvised bandages
    • Use of materials in a First Aid Kit
    • Resuscitation techniques

    Duration:

    1 day, Scottish Maritime Academy

    Availability:

    Start: 17/01/2018
    End: 17/01/2018

    Spaces available

    Start: 13/02/2018
    End: 13/02/2018

    Spaces available


    Cost:

    £120.00

    STCW Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities

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    STCW PERSONAL SAFETY AND SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITIES


    Ahead of going to sea, this course provides you with a basic induction in safety procedures, accident prevention and familiarization of the employment conditions and working environment on board merchant vessels.

    Content:

    • Complying with emergency procedures

    • Prevention of marine pollution

    • Observing safer working practice

    • Understanding the chain of command and orders contributing to effective human relationships on board ship

    • Assessment is by direct observation, oral and written questioning and simulated scenarios.

    Duration:

    4 hours, Scottish Maritime Academy.

    Availability:

    Start: 23/02/2018
    End: 23/02/2018

    Spaces available


    Cost:

    £120.00

    STCW Personal Survival Techniques & Seafish Sea Survival

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    The course delivers a basic knowledge and practice of survival techniques and principles that can be applied to maximise the probability of survival following a marine casualty. Training is delivered through a combination of theory and practical sessions.

    This is a statutory, one-day course for those entering the Merchant Navy.

    Entry requirements:

    • Actions prior to abandonment of the vessel
    • Basic principles of survival
    • Types of survival equipment provided on board ships
    • Training and drills
    • Correct use of the lifejacket and entering the water from height
    • Launching of a liferaft. Righting of a capsized liferaft
    • Wet and dry boarding of a liferaft
    • Bring aboard an injured casualty
    • Hypothermia and other medical factors
    • Liferaft first aid
    • Liferaft equipment
    • Actions to aid location by rescuers

    Duration:

    1 day, Scottish Maritime Academy

    Availability:

    Start: 14/02/2018
    End: 14/02/2018

    Spaces available


    Cost:

    £150.00

    STCW Proficiency for Seafarers with Designated Security Duties (PDSD)

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    STCW PROFICIENCY FOR SEAFARERS WITH DESIGNATED SECURITY DUTIES (PDSD)



    This course is designed for those who are employed or engaged on ships which are required to comply with the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code and who have designated duties under the ships security plan.

    Content:

    • Introduction to ship security including roles and responsibilities

    • Security risks to the ship, personnel, cargo and operations

    • Capabilities and limitations of security methods, equipment and systems

    • Maintenance of measures within the ship security plan

    • Effectiveness of security arrangements, procedures and equipment at the three security levels

    Duration:

    1 day, Scottish Maritime Academy.

    Availability:

    Sorry, there are no dates scheduled for this course at the moment. To find out when we plan to run this course, please send us an enquiry.


    Cost:

    £150.00

    STCW Proficiency in Medical First Aid

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    This four-day course is for seafarers designated to provide first aid on board ship and those needing certificates of competency. The level of knowledge gained will be sufficient to enable the seafarer to take immediate action in the case of injury or illness.

    Content:

    The course will cover:

    • Examination of a casualty
    • Spinal injuries
    • Burns and scalds
    • The effects of heat and cold
    • Fractures, dislocation and muscular injuries
    • Radio medical advice
    • Pharmacology
    • Cardiac arrest, drowning and asphyxia

    Duration:

    4 days

    Progression opportunities:

    STCW Medical Care on Board Ship

    Availability:

    Sorry, there are no dates scheduled for this course at the moment. To find out when we plan to run this course, please send us an enquiry.


    Cost:

    £450.00

    STCW Proficiency in Security Awareness

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    STCW PROFICIENCY IN SECURITY AWARENESS


    The course provides necessary knowledge, understanding and proficiency to personnel intending to work on ships who will not have any designated security duties.

    Content:

    • The importance of ship security and the roles of those involved in its provision

    • The requirements and measures to maintain ship security

    • Recognising and reporting a security threat

    Duration:

    4 hours, Scottish Maritime Academy.

    Availability:


    Cost:

    £120.00

    Trainee Deckhand

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    TRAINEE DECKHAND




    This course is ideal if you are looking to start a career in the Merchant Navy, the offshore supply and standby vessel fleet and/or the fishing industry.

    Fee waiver may be available.

    This course is sponsored by Peterhead Port Authority which allows all new entrants to receive Personal Protective Equipment and have access to survival equipment.

    Entry requirements:

    Candidates must be at least 17 years old.

    A basic level of core skills are required. Entry to the course is by interview.

    Content:

    This course covers all the basic requirements of a trainee deckhand. STCW basic safety training (personal survival techniques; first aid; personal safety and social responsibilities and security awareness).

  • Rope work
  • Anchoring
  • Mooring
  • Safety training
  • Seamanship
  • Survival craft and rescue boats
  • Maritime security
  • Duration:

    12 weeks, Scottish Martime Academy

    Progression opportunities:

    Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to seek employment in the standby and supply sector and on board fishing vessels.

    After 6 months sea service you will have the opportunity to undertake Efficient Deckhand certification towards Able Bodied seafarer.

    Availability:

    Start: 08/01/2018
    End: 30/03/2018

    Fully booked

    Start: 16/04/2018
    End: 06/07/2018

    Spaces available


    Cost:

    £1,850.00

    Funding support

    Funding support

    For seafarers not sponsored or employed by a shipping company some courses may attract sponsorship or funding. This is dependent upon a number of different factors including course choice, personal circumstances and fund availability.

    Funding options include:

    Fee Waiver

    Applicable to support:

    •Trainee Merchant Navy Deckhand

    The course fee may be waived if any of the following apply to you and you are not a current student at North East Scotland College:

    If you or your family is in receipt of any of the following benefits:

    Pension Credit, Working Tax Credit, Housing Benefit, Income Support, Income Based Job Seekers’ Allowance, Income Related Employment and Support Allowance.

    Further information is available at application stage.

    Marine Society

    Applicable to support:

    •HNC Nautical Science

    •Conversion to Merchant Navy Officer of the Watch

    •Selected Merchant Navy short courses

    The Marine Society offers financial assistance including scholarships to seafarers to support professional development for a first certificate of competency.

    If you are a rating considering career progression, the Slater Fund, managed by the Marine Society with Nautilus International, offers scholarships of up to £17,500 to help you study for a first certificate of competency. If you are not supported by a shipping company and you are self or part funding your studies you may be able to apply for this scholarship

    The Theodore Salvesen Memorial Trust

    Applicable to support:

    •Selected Merchant Navy courses

    Grants are available to individuals where financial hardship/difficulty is experienced. More details can be found at: www.tsmtrust.com


    MARS training Shipping Fund

    Applicable to support:

    •Selected Merchant Navy courses.

    MARS funding application forms are available from the Academy

    Please check the relevant websites for the most up to date information on funding support.

    Useful links

    Careers at Sea www.careersatsea.org
    Careers at Sea & Beyond www.casandbeyond.org
    International Maritime Organization www.imo.org
    M Notice Finder www.mnoticefinder.com
    Marine Society www.marine-society.org
    Maritime Skills Alliance www.maritimeskills.org
    North East Scotland Fishermen's Training Association www.nefta.info
    Peterhead Port Authority www.peterheadport.co.uk
    Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) www.sqa.org.uk
    The Fishermen's Mission www.fishermensmission.org.uk
    The Marine Society www.marine-society.org
    The Nautical Institute www.nautinst.org
    The Theodore Salveson Memorial Trust www.tsmtrust.com
    Thomas Gunn Navigational Services Ltd www.thomasgunn.com
    Scottish Fishermen's Trust www.sff.co.uk/SF_Trust