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List of Shipboard Drills and Their Frequency Schedules

Safety drills are regular practice exercises on board that ensure the crew's preparation and effective response during an emergency situation. Because these training exercises simulate real-life emergencies, vessel personnel can develop the muscle memory and critical...

Top 20 Maritime Schools in the Philippines

I often receive emails from interested students asking about the best maritime school in the country. I tried looking into it and finally made criteria for my ranking, which I want to be based on facts and numbers. Many of the schools that reached the top 20 are renowned for...

Minimum Requirements of STCW Training Courses Per Rank

Pursuing a career at sea requires extensive training and certification. The higher you progress through the ranks, the more courses you must take. If you want an overview of what training courses you must take for your future promotion, this article will guide you there. The...

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What is an LRIT or Long-Range Identification and Tracking?

What is an LRIT or Long-Range Identification and Tracking?

Unlike conventional navigational tools onboard, LRIT operates with a unique functionality.  Ships equipped with Long-Range Identification and Tracking system can transmit their identification and location data via satellite. However, they...

How Do Seafarers Use an Echo Sounder for Navigation?

Aside from being aware of what's happening on the sea surface, seafarers must also know if the water below is safe for navigation. That's where an echo sounder comes in. It is the only device on board that measures the depth of the water below the ship's keel in real...

20 Automatic Radar Plotting Aid (ARPA) Functions You Must Know

An Automatic Radar Plotting Aid or ARPA is an essential tool for deck officers navigating the seas. It's a mariner's best friend for enhancing situational awareness and collision avoidance by automatically tracking and displaying the movements of target vessels. But...

52 Most Common Deck Cadet Interview Questions & Answer Tips

A company interview is one of the most important stages of a deck cadet's journey for onboard employment. But despite its significance, many find this part difficult, even when answering the most basic interview questions. One reason is their unpreparedness; they...

Chief Engineer Duties, Responsibilities, and Salary

A Chief Engineer, also known as ChEng, C/E, or Chief, is the head of the Shipboard Engineering Department. He is responsible for all operations and maintenance of all engineering equipment throughout the vessel. Think of him as the marine engineer's big boss with the...