3 thoughts on “The current state of maritime training

  • August 1, 2020 at 10:00 am
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    Mostly bullshit that is gone through with no real intent to master taught by incompetent people for no purpose other than checking an stcw box.

    There’s exceptions, but mostly it’s mediocre bullshit.

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  • August 1, 2020 at 10:00 am
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    It just purely business and occupies most of the time my vacation.

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  • August 1, 2020 at 10:00 am
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    In my opinion I really dislike using technology to give “real world training”. It’s not real world if you’re using technology, it’s just a computer game. And because of that I can’t take it seriously. Even if I try, it’s so obviously fake that I can’t get into it. So my performance would be seriously affected. Not because I’m a bad officer, but because I can’t play pretend with a game.

    Also training in general is getting so much worse. A bigger and bigger percentage of the world fleet just has their stcw. But no actual experience, knowledge or flexibility that’s required from an officer. The amount of times I’ve heard “you’re on my course, go away, go away” it’s staggering. And it’s just increasing. Technology based training doesn’t help if the seafarers don’t train their officers on board. And it won’t change if companies keep hiring from countries where people can just buy their license. That and the fact that we have more and more equipment on board that makes it easier just lowers the bar of admission. It stops even the good ones from thinking because “computer says yes” and they don’t think what it implies anymore.

    Then again, my views are quite harsh when it comes to our current industry in general.

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