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Deck cadet

When you finish the training, you’ll have internationally recognized qualifications

What you can expect

You’ll split your time between deck operations (such as chipping rust off metalwork) and bridge / cargo watch keeping. Watch keeping involves monitoring equipment and dials, as well as looking out for other vessels and hazards. Shifts vary, but are usually four hours at a time. You’ll also shadow more senior crew and help with a range of tasks, for example: navigational watch – monitoring radar, performing lookout duties and observing the passage of the ship; cargo watch – monitoring the operation of pumps, flow of cargo, tank levels; safety rounds; maintenance of equipment.


We’ll expect you to note navigation corrections and monitor the position of the ship (day and night), navigating by the stars. Over time, you’ll progress to more complex navigation duties such as planning the passage of the ship (and ensuring it remains on this path), avoiding collisions by safely passing other vessels and making continuous calculations regarding distance, speed and time (taking into account weather conditions etc.). At port, you’ll learn about anchoring, mooring and safe docking, as well as cargo operations, stripping tanks and loading.


This wide-ranging role will make you a key part of the crew. You’ll learn to:

  • Navigate the ship safely.
  • Load and unload cargo.
  • Handle the ship’s legal and commercial affairs.
  • Oversee crew operations.

Learning and development

College phase

Our cadet programme starts at college, learning about the following:






Electronic navigation systems

Fire fighting

Tanker training

Marine communications

Collision regulations

Marine offshore operations

Ship knowledge

Occupational safety and security

Sea phase

You'll then spend time at sea getting practical, hands-on experience.

Back to college

After that, it's back to land for some more classroom-based learning. You will now learn about more complex areas such as:


Cargo work

Ship construction and stability

Practical navigation

Ship operations

Further education and career opportunities

Accumulate enough sea time (12 + 24 months) as a junior officer and obtain:


Class 2 Certificate of Competency (COC)

Class 1 Certificate of Competency (COC)


Career opportunities at sea:


Junior officer, chief officer then master on merchant ships.


Career opportunities ashore:


Executive in shipping, port, pilot surveying.

Middle management in shipping.


When you finish the training, you’ll have the following internationally recognized qualifications:

  • Diploma in Nautical Studies (DMS) route
  • Officer in charge of a navigation watch (Class 3 Deck Officer Certificate of Competency (COC) issued by Director of Marine, Singapore  

Once you’re trained and qualified, you’ll be ready to apply for a permanent post as a deck officer on one of our ships. You’ll then have the opportunity to continue your training – up to ships master's certification. 

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