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Closing the gap between the training needs and current training practices for modern marine engineers

conference contribution
posted on 2023-05-23, 09:32 authored by Gamini LokuketagodaGamini Lokuketagoda, Vakasilimi, D, Susantha RanmuthugalaSusantha Ranmuthugala
The training of marine engineers around the world traditionally tends to target the competencies outlined within Standards of Training Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) and its interpretation by the relevant national regulatory authorities. Although the regulations are developed with input from the relevant stakeholders, it is argued by many that they do not always meet the changing requirements of an industry that is continuously modernising both in technology and work practices, nor are programmes tailored to address the needs of diverse cohorts of trainees entering the industry. This has resulted in a number of employers developing in-house training, not only in specialised areas, but also to address shortcomings in the fundamental knowledge and skills of new graduates. Thus, it is important when developing integrated training programmes to consider a range of parameters, much broader than those stipulated within the regulations. Issues that influence modern seafarer programmes include: quality and competencies of new entrants, facilities and staff at Marine Education and Training (MET) institutions, programme curricula and delivery/assessment strategies, and industry training philosophy and methods.


Publication title

IAMU AGA 15 Looking Ahead Innovation in Maritime Education, Training and Research


D Ranmuthugala & B Lewarn






Australian Maritime College


Australian Maritime College

Place of publication

Launceston, Tasmania

Event title

15th Annual general assembly International Association of Maritime Universities

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Australian Maritime College, Launceston, Tasmania

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