This is by far the most efficient and cost-effective element of training. It applies both to ratings and officers, and requires an effort from all involved.
Ratings, by the nature of their work and by numerous safety drills, will get acquainted with the vessel and its procedures. If they function well, they are encouraged to return to the same vessel.
Officers are strongly encouraged to familiarise themselves thoroughly with the vessel's equipment and procedures. This familiarisation effort should not be limited to actual paid working hours.
It is evidently expected from the senior or more experienced officers to share their know-how-in relation to the vessel and in relation to the junior officer's scope of work. Furthermore, officers should mentally and professionally prepare themselves for an eventual promotion, once they fully master what is presently required.
The company will endeavour to give the officer an indication of timing or advice the officer when he is lined up for an eventual promotion during his next sea period. Such a planned promotion will then still be subject to the Master's final approval.
Every good Company should supports a Cadet Training Scheme. This scheme may be sponsored by the Company itself or by the Administration of the Flag State and provides for on-board training of students of nautical colleges, between the successive years at school.
This scheme is voluntary, i.e. there are certain limitations as to the activities of these cadets on board, e.g. they are not allowed to assist in maintenance jobs. The cadets usually receive a daily subsistence allowance.
The budgetary impact therefore is nihil, apart from travel expenses, board and lodging.
Assistant Engineers are recruited from technical schools. Usually Higher technical education level Mechanics / Electro Mechanics / Electronics.
Since they are incorporated into the Safe manning complement, the budgetary impact is nihil. According to their experience and performance, they will be paid successively Assistant Engineer, 5th Engineer or 4th Engineer wages.
Furthermore, the Company may cooperate with important technical schools, who sends several students at sea, as a part of their course program. Although, these embarkations as trainee are not a contract of employment as such, these students are encouraged to take up a nautical career after completion of their studies.
It is an answer to specific legal, contractual on operational needs related to specific projects. This type of Training is mostly conducted in specialised centres and must be certified after successful completion.
A good Company may send its officers to following specific courses :
A good Company has several training programs during the year in its own country, during which a 3-week training session is held covering all above safety courses.