The purpose of this course is to improve health and safety onboard ships by providing knowledge to students on how to implement safe working practices on board ships.

Everyone working on deck needs to acquire the knowledge provided in this course, from all the knots and lashings that every seafarer should learn, to more advanced areas such as splicing, whipping, rigging stages, and derricks. Students learn how to turn up berthing lines on bits, capstans, and windlasses and the correct type of stopper to use. the importance and significance of test certificates and the application on the deck of the Code of Safe Working Practice for Merchant Seaman.

This course aims to give trainees the essential education and training to be eligible to be equipped with the necessary knowledge, understanding, and proficiency to carry out specific duties in accordance with TM requirements laid down below.

 Merchant Shipping Directorate of the Authority for Transport in Malta.

 Subsidiary Legislation 234. 17 Merchant Shipping (Training and Certification) Regulations 1st July 2013* Legal Notice 153Of2013.

(Free for OOW 3000GT students)

1.3.1 Expected Learning Outcomes

-The meaning of common nautical terms.
-Duties of a bridge lookout and the reporting of lights and objects;
-Knowledge of the compass card in 360° notation (holders of Watch Rating and Steering Certificates will not be examined in this section)
-Understand helm orders (holders of steering certificates will not be examined in this section)
-Understand the importance of musters and drills and know what action to take on hearing alarm signals;
-Understand the general agreement and the dangers of fixed smothering systems;
-Understand correct operation, precautions, and dangers of lifeboat release gear;
-Understand the procedures for boat preparation and launching;
-Understand the precautions to be observed when maintaining lifeboats and davits;
-Understand the importance of fire and watertight doors;
-Common knots, bends and hitches including:
-Reef knot, timber hitch, clove hitch, bowline, bowline on the bight, sheet bend, double sheet bend, sheepshank, rolling hitch, round hitch, round turn, and two half hitches, the figure of eight knots, fisherman’s bend, monkey’s fist, wall, and crown knot;
-Common splices include:
-Eye splice in an eight-strand plaited rope; eye, back, and short splice in a three-strand rope; eye splice with locking tuck in wire rope;
-Parcel and serve a splice;
-Whippings and seizing;
-Care, use, and storage of ropes and wire;
-The correct fitting of wire grips (e.g. ‘bulldog’ grips);
-Use and selection of stoppers for wires and ropes;
-Slinging of stages and bosun’s chair;
-Rigging of pilot ladders, gangways, and accommodation ladders;
-Rigging of a hydrostatic release unit;
-Rigging a derrick;
-Securing the deck for severe weather;
-Opening and closing of hatches and watertight doors including bow, stern, and other shell doors;
-Marking of anchor cables.
-Good working knowledge of safe working practices relevant to a seaman’s duties and responsibilities.

EUR 750 (free for OOW 3000 GT students)
*Without accommodation


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