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Ministry of Ocean Economy, Marine Resources, Fisheries and Shipping

Mauritius Maritime Training Academy

 

BRIEF ON MAURITIUS MARITIME TRAINING ACADEMY

 

1.      HISTORICAL BACKGROUND

 

·        The idea of setting up a Sea Training School was born in 1970. Among the various buildings visited by the consultant, Mr T. Abd-el-Dayern, the building occupied by the Naval Voluntary forces during the British rule at 7, Guy Rozemont Square Port Louis was found to be the most suitable.

·        The school was established initially to provide pre-sea training at sea to young school leavers. Eventually the school provided training to all categories of ratings in order to constitute a pool of seamen for employment locally and in foreign shipping companies.

·        As the building reached an advance stage of deterioration, a decision was taken to construct a modern training institute.

·        The Sea Training School was established in 1970 with the assistance of the Danish Government by the Ministry of Labour and Industrial Relations, when the late Sir Harold Walter held the portfolio of Minister of Labour and Industrial Relations.  It has been providing courses for seafarers and prospective seafarers.

·        In 2003, government approval was obtained for the construction of a modern and functional building with sea frontage at Pointe Aux Sables. The project was completed in 2006. In 2007, Government gave its approval to the renaming of the school as the Mauritius Maritime Training Academy. This Training Academy was inaugurated on 19 October 2007.

 

2.     OUR VISION

 

To be a national and regional training centre for seafarers, port workers and other personnel employed in the shipping and shipping related sectors

 

 

3.      OUR MISSION

 

To provide quality and value added training adapted to the needs of the Mauritius maritime industry and the region as per international standards.

 

 

4.       AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

 

           

a)     To develop the range and depth of

seafarer training to supply the needs of the Maritime sector.

 

b)    To establish the MMTA as a training resource centre for shore based maritime skills for the maritime sector

 

c)     To serve as a centre for fostering co-operation, partnership and exchange of ideas between various maritime institutes, academies or centres within the Indian Ocean region.

 

d)    To develop the MMTA as a regional centre for excellence for Maritime Education and Training.

 

e)     To develop into an institution of excellence in teaching, training, research and consultancy.

 

 

5.      FACILITIES

 

The Academy comprises of the following modern facilities :

 

         two workshops

 

         a documentation centre

 

         four classrooms and one chartroom

 

         a conference room

 

         State of the art auditorium with capacity to

             accommodate 200 persons

 

  

6.    ENTRY REQUIREMENTS/STANDARDS FOR COURSES OFFERED AT THE MMTA

 

 

1.        BASIC SAFETY TRAINING

 

General requirements for Basic Safety Training (Personal Safety & Social                            

Responsibilities, Elementary First Aid, Fire Prevention & Fire Fighting and Personal Survival Techniques modules) as per STCW Convention 1978, as amended

 

Candidates:

 

(a) must be not less than 18 years of age

(b) must be medically fit

(c)  should be able to read, understand and write in English language

 

2.        CROWD MANAGEMENT

 

General requirements for Crowd Management and Safety Training for Personnel providing Direct Services to Passengers in Passenger Spaces as per STCW Convention 1978, as amended

 

Candidates:

 

(a) must be not less than 18 years of age

(b) must be medically fit

(c)  shall have completed approved training for Basic Safety as per requirements of paragraph 2 of Section A-VI

(d) should be able to read, understand and write in English language

3.      CRISIS MANAGEMENT & HUMAN BEHAVIOUR TRAINING

 

General requirements for Crisis Management and Human Behaviour Training as per STCW Convention 1978, as amended

 

Candidates:

 

(a) must be not less than 18 years of age

(b) must be medically fit

(c)  shall have completed approved training for Basic Safety as per requirements of Chapter VI, Regulation VI/1

(d) should be able to read, understand and write in English language

 

       4.     PROFICIENCY IN SECURITY AWARENESS

 

General requirements for Proficiency in Security Awareness

 

Candidates:

(a) must be not less than 18 years of age

(b) must be medically fit

(c)  should be able to read, understand and write in English language

Note: There is no intake restriction for Proficiency in Security Awareness programmes

       5.        PROFICIENCY IN DESIGNATED SECURITY DUTIES

General requirements for Proficiency in Designated Security Duties

Candidates:

(a) must be not less than 18 years of age

(b) must be medically fit

(c)  should be able to read, understand and write in English language

Note:  Some sea going experiences would be an advantage before undertaking the Proficiency in Designated Security Duties programme.  A candidate is not required to have completed the Security Awareness training before being enrolled on the Proficiency in Designated Security Duties training

 

        6.     PROFICIENCY IN SURVIVAL CRAFT AND RESCUE BOATS OTHER THAN FAST RESCUE BOATS

 

General requirements for Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats other than fast Rescue Boats

 

Before commencing the training, trainees must:

(a) be at less 18 years of age

(b) be able to read, understand and write in English language

(c)  have received approved training (i.e from a recognized institution) in Personal survival Techniques with approved sea-going service of not less than 6 months

(d) have approved sea-going service of not less than 12 months in case requirement t (iii) above cannot be satisfied

(e) be medically fit. (All trainees will be asked to fill out a medical questionnaire before the course commences)

§ Please note that all sea service claimed shall be approved by the Superintendent of Shipping prior commencement of the course.

 

Ø If there is any request from a Governmental organisation for example, another Ministry or the National Coast Guard, then part (iii) and (iv) above will not apply BUT the training will be conducted as per the requirements at Annex C of the Guidelines.

 

       7.     RATINGS FORMING PART OF A NAVIGATIONAL WATCH (AS PER STCW CONVENTION)

 

General requirements for Training for Ratings Forming Part of a Navigational Watch (RFPNW) as per STCW Convention 1978, as amended

 

 

Short name
RFPNW
Regulation
STCW 78 (as amended)
Replaces
Deck Boy, Ordinary Seaman, Efficient Deck Hand (EDH)
Limitations
To serve on seagoing ships of 500 gross tonnage or more
Previous qualifications
v  Elementary Secondary Education
v  Valid STCW 78 Basic Safety Certificate
Age
At least 18 years of age
Sea service requirements
Duration: Not less than 6 months sea service OR Pre-Sea Training and NOT LESS than 2 months sea-service
Training required
v  Completion of Approved training course (including ancillary courses)
v  PSCRB
Prospects
v  May serve as RFPNW on vessels of 500 gross tonnage or more in any operating area

 

 

Note:  Additional training required for serving on special types of vessels such as passenger, Tankers and others


 

        8.     RATINGS FORMING PART OF AN ENGINEERING WATCH (AS PER STCW CONVENTION)

 

General requirements for Training for Ratings Forming Part of an Engineering Watch (RFPEW) as per STCW Convention 1978, as amended

 

 

Short name
RFPEW
Regulation
STCW 78 (as amended)
Replaces
Oiler, Wiper
Limitations
To serve on seagoing vessels powered by main propulsion machinery of 750 KW propulsion power or more
 
Previous qualifications
v  Elementary Secondary Education
v  Valid STCW 78 Basic Safety Certificate
Age
At least 18 years of age
Sea service requirements
Duration: Not less than 6 months sea service OR Pre-Sea Training and NOT LESS than 2 months sea-service
Vessel type: Vessels powered by main propulsion machinery of 750 KW propulsion power or more
Training required
v  Completion of Approved training course (including ancillary courses)
v  PSCRB
Prospects
May serve as RFPEW on vessels powered by main propulsion machinery of 750 KW propulsion power or more and fishing vessels in any operating area
 

 

 

Note:  Additional training required for serving on special types of vessels such as passenger, Tankers and others

 

 

 

        9.     SKIPPER FOR CERTIFICATE OF COMPETENCY FOR VESSELS OF 24 METRES IN LENGTH AND OVER (AS PER STCW-F CONVENTION)

 

General requirements for Skipper for Certificate of Competency for fishing vessels of 24 metres in length and over (as per STCW-F Convention)

 

 

Short name
Skipper FV
Regulation
STCW-F
Limitations
To serve on Fishing Vessels only and in any operating area
 
Previous qualifications
v Second Hand Certificate of Competency FV of 24 meters and above
 
v Valid STCW-F Basic Safety Certificate
 
Age
At least 18 years of age
Sea service requirements
Duration: 24 months as Second Hand
 
Vessel type: Fishing Vessels of 24 meters and above
Training required
v  Completion of Approved training course (including ancillary courses)
 
Prospects
v  May serve as Skipper on Fishing Vessels of 24meters and above in any operating area
 

 

 

       10.      SECOND FOR CERTIFICATE OF COMPETENCY FOR FISHING VESSELS OF 24 METRES IN LENGTH AND OVER (AS PER STCW CONVENTION)
 
General requirements for Second Hand for Certificate of Competency for fishing vessels of 24 metres in length and over (as per STCW-F Convention)
 
Short name
Second Hand FV
Regulation
STCW-F
Limitations
To serve on Fishing Vessels only and in any operating area
Previous qualifications
v Holder of Deck Rating FV Certificate
OR
v Holder of Able Seafarer Deck FV Certificate
OR
v Holder of Able Seafarer Deck Certificate issued under STCW Convention 1978 (as amended)
OR
v Holder of Able Seaman Certificate issued under ILO Convention
 
v Valid STCW-F Basic Safety Certificate
 
v Steering Certificate
Age
At least 18 years of age
Sea service requirements
Duration: 24 months on Fishing Vessels of 24 metres and above OR
 
Vessel type: Fishing Vessels of 24 metres and above
Training required
v  Completion of Approved training course (including ancillary courses)
Prospects
v  Sea Service would be counted for attending Skipper FV course under STCW-F
 

 

 

 

      11. CHIEF ENGINEER FOR CERTIFICATE OF COMPETENCY FOR FISHING VESSELS OF 1500 KW (AS PER STCW CONVENTION)
 
General requirements for Chief Engineer for Certificate of Competency for fishing vessels of 1500 KW (as per STCW-F Convention)
 
Short name
Chief Engineer FV
Regulation
STCW-F
Limitations
To serve on Fishing Vessels only and in any operating area
Previous qualifications
v Second Engineer Certificate of Competency FV of 24 metres and above
 
v Valid STCW 78 OR STCW-F Basic Safety Certificate
 
Age
At least 20 years of age
Sea service requirements
Duration: 12 months as Second Engineer
 
Vessel type: Fishing Vessels of 24 metres and above
Training required
v  Completion of Approved training course (including ancillary courses)
Prospects
v  May serve as Skipper on Fishing Vessels of 24 metres and above in any operating area
 
 Note :  For those who will be serving on Purse Seiners an endorsement would be made on their respective Certificates after having successfully completed the required Purse Seiners training/modules

 
      12.   SECOND ENGINEER FOR CERTIFICATE OF COMPETENCY FOR FISHING VESSELS OF 1500 KW (AS PER STCW CONVENTION)
 
General requirements for Second Engineer for Certificate of Competency for fishing vessels of 1500 KW (as per STCW-F Convention)
 
Short name
Second Engineer FV
Regulation
STCW-F
Limitations
To serve on Fishing Vessels only and in any operating area
Previous qualifications
v Holder of Engine Room Rating FV Certificate
OR
v Holder of Able Seafarer Engine FV Certificate
OR
v Holder of Able Seafarer (Engine) Certificate issued under STCW Convention 1978 (as amended)
OR
v Hold of Rating Forming Part of Engine Room Watch Certificate issued under STCW 78 Convention (as amended)
 
v Valid STCW-F Basic  Safety Certificate
Age
At least 18 years of age
Sea service requirements
Duration: 24 months on Fishing Vessels of 24 metres and above
OR
Cargo Vessels
Training required
v  Completion of Approved training course (including ancillary courses)
Prospects
v  Sea service would be counted for attending Chief Engineer FV course under STCW-F
 
 

NEW COURSES TO BE INTRODUCED AT THE MMTA

 
 
(a)          New courses in line with 2010 Manila Amendments to the STCW Convention, 1978
 
-         Refresher course and updating course for Basic Safety Training
 
-         Pre-sea training course for General Purpose (GP) Ratings.
 
-         Able-Seafarer Deck Certificate of Proficiency (Conversion Course)
 
-         Able-Seafarer Seafarer Engine Certificate of Proficiency (Conversion Course)
 
-         Upgrading course for Electrical Engineer Officer (E.E.O) to Electro-Technical Officer (E.T.O)
 
-         Electro-Technical Officer
 
-         Electro-Technical Rating
 
-         Basic Training course for Oil Tanker Cargo Operations.
 
-         Advanced Fire Fighting
 
(b)          Revised courses under STCW-F
 
-         Deck Rating Certificate Fishing Vessel
 
-         Able Seafarer Deck Certificate of Proficiency Fishing Vessel
 
-         Engine Room Rating Certificate Fishing Vessels
 
-         Able Seafarer Engine Certificate Fishing Vessel
 
 
COURSES AT THE MMTA
 
SN
COURSE TITLE
DURATION
COURSE FEE (RS)
1
Basic Safety Training (Personal Safety & Social Responsibilities, Elementary First Aid, Fire Prevention & Fire Fighting and Personal Survival Techniques modules) as per STCW Convention 1978, as amended
16.5 days
1,100
2
Crowd Management and Safety Training for Personnel providing Direct Services to Passengers in Passenger Spaces as per STCW Convention 1978, as amended
2 days
300
3
Crisis Management and Human Behaviour Training as per STCW Convention 1978, as amended
1.5 days
300
4
Proficiency in Security Awareness
1 day
300
5
Proficiency in Designated Security  Duties
2 days
600
6
Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats other than fast Rescue Boats
5 days
2,000
7
Training for Ratings Forming Part of  a Navigational as per STCW Convention 1978, as amended
30 hrs
1,000
8
Refresher Training for Ratings Forming Part of  a Navigational as per STCW Convention 1978, as amended
 
(For those who have sailed less than 12 months in the last five years)
18 hrs
1,000
9
Training for Ratings Forming Part of an Engineering Watch as per STCW Convention 1978, as amended
30 hrs
1,000
10
Refresher Training for Ratings Forming Part of an Engineering Watch as per STCW Convention 1978, as amended
(For those who have sailed less than 12 months in the last five years)
18 hrs
1,000
11
Training for Skipper for Certificate of Competency for fishing vessels of 24 metres in length and over (as per STCW-F Convention)
15 weeks
30,000
12
Training for Certificate of Competency for Second Hand for fishing vessels of 24 metres in length and over (as per STCW-F Convention)
15 weeks
 
30,000
13
Training for Certificate of Competency for Chief Engineer for fishing vessels of 1500 KW (as per STCW-F Convention)
20 weeks
30,000
14
Training for Second Engineer for Certificate of Competency for fishing vessels of 1500 KW (as per STCW-F Convention)
18 weeks
30,000
15
Pre-sea Training Course for General Purpose (GP) Ratings
(New course)
18½ weeks
2,000
 
 
NEW COURSES
 
SN
COURSE TITLE
DURATION
PROPOSED
COURSE FEE (RS)
1
Refresher and Updating course for Basic Safety Training
24 hours
500
2
Able Seafarer (Deck)
 
60 hours
2,000
3
Able Seafarer (Engine)
 
60 hours
2,000
4
Basic Training Course for Oil Tanker Cargo Operations
30 hours
1,000
5
Bridging course for Existing Electrical Officers to Electro-Technical Officers
20.5 days
(123 hrs)
2,000
 
 
 

 

 

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