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Merchant Navy Programs for Freshers and Experiences Seafarers & Superyacht and Workboat Maritime Training in Birkenhead, UK

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The LJMU Maritime Centre (formerly Lairdside Maritime Centre) is part of Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU). The University has an extensive maritime history with experience in the training and development of Maritime Professionals, Deck Officers and Marine Engineers, and the provision of Graduate and Postgraduate Degree courses in the Maritime and Transport Industries.

LJMU Maritime Centre currently provides the facilities to meet the training needs of the maritime industry. At the heart of the Centre is a ship-handling simulator that is amongst the most advanced in Europe and currently the only one in the UK with a 360° field-of-view visual system.

The center offers a full range of navigational and ship-handling courses with a high degree of realism. In addition, there are facilities for GMDSS radio courses and non-simulator courses as well as access to all LJMU maritime degree and non-degree programs.

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Training Programs

Merchant Navy Degree Programs

  • Foundation (FdSC) Marine Operations (3 years full time including 12 months at sea): Completing the FdSc Marine Operations at Liverpool John Moores University will enable you to graduate as a maritime professional with a professionally-accredited degree plus an MCA Officer of the Watch certificate. This will then allow you to navigate commercial vessels anywhere in the world or work in a wide variety of shore based jobs in the shipping sector. After this program, students can progress on to the BSc (Hons) Nautical Science top-up program.
  • BSc (Hons) Nautical Science (Top-up degree - 1 year, full time): The general aim of the Nautical Science program is to develop students as independent learners and for a career in ship management, shipbroking, marine surveying and other areas of maritime industry. In one academic year, the students develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes which collectively represent the demands of the industry.
  • BSc (Hons) in Nautical Science (4 years, including periods of work based learning at sea): Completing the BSc (Hons) Nautical Science at Liverpool John Moores University will enable you to graduate as a maritime professional to develop a career in the shore based Maritime sector or with a professionally-accredited degree plus an Officer of the Watch certificate if you chose to follow the sea going route.

Merchant Navy Certificate of Competency Programs

  • Certificate in Nautical Science / OOW Unlimited (STCW II/I) (10 months - experienced seafarer route): This is a MNTB and MCA approved course and after successful completion of the program you will be awarded the following qualifications - Cert HE in Nautical Science issued by LJMU, Officer of the Watch Certificate of Competency (STCW Reg II/I) obtainable directly from the MCA after completion of all pre-requisite courses and MCA oral exam, and STCW Certificates for short courses attended.
  • Diploma in Nautical Science Chief Mate Unlimited / Master Unlimited (STCW II/2) (10 months): After successful completion of the program you will be awarded the following qualifications - Diploma HE in Nautical Science issued by LJMU, Chief Mate Certificate of Competency (STCW Reg II/I) obtainable directly from the MCA after completion of all pre-requisite courses and MCA oral exam, and STCW Certificates for short courses completed.

Merchant Navy Courses for Experienced Seafarers

Engine Room Courses

  • Engine Room Resource Management Course (4.5 days)
  • High Voltage Course (Management Level) (5 days)
  • High Voltage Course (Operational Level) (1 day)

Fire Fighting Courses

  • Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting (STCW A-VI/1-2) (2.5 days)
  • Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting Updating (Refresher) (STCW A-VI/1-2) (1 day)
  • Training in Advanced Fire Fighting (STCW A-VI/3) (4 days)
  • Training in Advanced Fire Fighting Updating Route 1 (STCW A-VI/3) (0.5 day)
  • Training in Advanced Fire Fighting Updating Route 2 (STCW A-VI/3) (1 day)

GMDSS Training Courses

  • GMDSS General Operators Course (GOC) (STCW A-IV/2) (9 days)
  • GMDSS Restricted Operators Course (ROC) (STCW A-IV/2) (5 days)

Management Level Courses

  • Accident Investigation
  • Ballast Water Management (2 days)
  • Corporate Team Building (0.5 to 2 days)
  • Crowd Management (0.5 day)
  • Human Element and Leadership Management (HELM) Management Level (5 days)
  • Human Element and Leadership Management (HELM) Operational Level (3 days)
  • ISM Appreciation (1 day)
  • ISM CODE - ISO 9001- 14001 Maritime Lead Auditor (4.5 days)
  • ISM Code Designated Person Ashore (3 days)
  • Master/Chief Mate Oral Preparation (20 days)
  • Proficiency in Crisis Management and Human Behavior (STCW A-V/2) (1 day)
  • Proficiency in Passenger Safety and Hull Integrity for RoRo Passenger Ships (STCW A-V/2 Para 7) (1 day)
  • Search and Rescue On Scene Coordinator (1 day)
  • Shipboard Safety Officer (3 days)
  • Signals Examination (0.5 day)
  • Training for Instructors (5 days)
  • UK Legal and Administrative Process (5 days)

Medical and First Aid Courses

  • Proficiency in Elementary First Aid (STCW A-VI/1-3) (1 day)
  • Proficiency in Medical First Aid (STCW A-VI/4-1) (4 days)
  • Proficiency in Medical Care (STCW A-VI/4-2) (5 days)
  • Proficiency in Medical Care Updating (Refresher) (STCW A-VI/4-2) (3 days)

Security Courses

  • Company Security Officer (4 days)
  • Port Facility Security Officer (3 days)
  • Proficiency in Designated Security Duties Course (STCW A-VI/6-2) (1 day)
  • Proficiency in Security Awareness Course (STCW A-VI/6-1) (0.5 day)
  • Ship Security Officer (STCW A-VI/5) (3 days)

Simulation Courses

  • Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS) Simulator Training (5 days)
  • NAEST (Operational Level) (STCW A-I/12) (30 days)
  • Bridge Resource Management (3 days)
  • Crew Resource Management (2 days)
  • Pilot Training (2 days)
  • General Ship Handling (3 days)
  • NAEST (Management Level) (STCW A-1/2) (8 days)
  • Bridge Team Management (STCW A-II/2-3) (5 days)

Survival Courses

  • Certificate of Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats (Other than Fast Rescue Boats) (Restricted) (STCW A-VI/2) (3 days)
  • Certificate of Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats (Other than Fast Rescue Boats) (Restricted) Updating (Refresher) (STCW A-VI/2) (0.5 day)
  • Efficient Deck Hand (5 days)
  • Entry into Enclosed Spaces Training (1 day)
  • Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities (STCW A-VI/1-4) (0.5 day)
  • Personal Survival Techniques (STCW A-VI/1-1) (1 day)
  • Personal Survival Techniques Updating (Refresher) (STCW A-VI/1-1) (0.5 day)
  • Proficiency in Fast Rescue Boats (STCW A-VI/2-2) (3 days)
  • Proficiency in Fast Rescue Boats Updating (Refresher) Route 1 (STCW A-VI/2-2) (0.5 day)
  • Proficiency in Fast Rescue Boats Updating Refresher Route 2 (STCW AVI22) (1 day)
  • Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats (Refresher) Route 2 (STCW A-VI/2-2) (1 day)
  • Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats (STCW A-VI/2-1) (5 days)
  • Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats Updating (Refresher) Route 1 (STCW A-VI/2-2) (0.5 day)

Tanker Courses

  • Training in Basic Oil and Chemical Tanker Cargo Operations (2 days)
  • Training in Basic Liquefied Gas Tanker Cargo Operations (STCW V/1-1 Para 1) (2 days)
  • Training in Advanced Oil Tanker Cargo Operations (STCW V/1-1 Para 3) (4.5 days)
  • Training in Advanced Chemical Tanker Cargo Operations (4.5 days)
  • Training in Advanced Liquefied Gas Tanker Cargo Operations (4.5 days)

Super Yacht Courses for Crew members

  • Officer of the Watch (Yachts) - General Ship Knowledge (5 days)
  • Officer of the Watch (Yachts) - Navigation and Radar (15 days)
  • Master (Yachts) - Navigation and ARPA Simulator (10 days)
  • Master (Yachts) - Business and Law (5 days)
  • Master (Yachts) - Celestial Navigation (5 days)
  • Master (Yachts) - Seamanship and Meteorology (5 days)
  • Master (Yachts) – Stability (5 days)
  • Officer of the Watch/Master (Yachts) - Orals Preparation (5 days)

Workboat Courses

  • Master Workboats (10 days)
  • Workboat Stability (1 day)

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