REQUIREMENTS AND PROCEDURES TO OBTAIN APPROVAL FROM INDIAN MARITIME UNIVERSITY FOR THE CONDUCT OF PRE SEA COURSES FOR TRAINING FOR SERVICE IN THE MERCHANT NAVY
PART – 1
Administration and approval
1.1 Importance of pre-sea training:
Ships are only as good as the persons who man them. Safety and efficiency of ships are dependent upon the professional competence and dedication to duty, of the seafarers on board the ships. To achieve this, maritime education and training, and within that, the pre-sea training, is of vital importance. All Institutes that conduct, or intend to conduct, pre-sea induction courses for merchant navy should aim at excellence and abide by these guidelines as set forth herein. Where considered necessary, additional norms may be issued by the Indian Maritime University (hereafter IMU) for different categories of pre-sea induction courses. The IMU reserves the right to change, add, modify, rescind or replace these norms, or any part thereof, whenever considered necessary. Training of maritime personnel in India has been accorded the highest priority by the Government of India. To ensure that the competence of Indian seafarers is accepted throughout the world, improvements have been made from time to time in the training of seafarers in India. With advances in technology, and consequent changes, especially due to STCW 95, the international concept and practice of maritime training has undergone major changes in quality and quantity. To increase the supply of trained seafarers, the Government began to encourage maritime training in the private sector on a large scale in 1997. IMU, vested with powers and responsible for implementation of matters related to merchant shipping, has been issuing directives, whenever necessary, to ensure that international standards are complied with by all training Institutes in India. These are now consolidated, and supplemented through the present guidelines. These guidelines are required to be read with the Circulars, M S Notices or IMU orders, issued by IMU from time to time.