OSM CREW management Congo has lead a training program to conduct Congolese seafarers to become Engine Officers and Deck Officers.
They were 6 of the best OSM Congo seafarers, 4 Able Seamen and 2 Oilers. In September 2015, as part of the Moho Nord Project conducted by TOTAL E&P Congo, and in partnership with Petro Services, they have left Pointe-Noire, to start a study program in Cape-Town, South Africa, in order to become 3rd Deck Officer or 4th Engine Officer. The training program has been arranged with Marine Crew Services.
Training program with Marine Crew Services
Marine crew Services (MCS) is South Africa’s largest privately-owned maritime specialized on two key areas: Ships crewing and training.
MCS manages and facilitates the training of a large number of students in various disciplines from marine deck and engineering cadets, to ratings, fitters, electricians and mechanical engineers.
The MCS aim is to develop a sustainable and additional source of supply of seafarers for international ship-owners. They also want to grow the pool of quality seafarers from the African continent.
Courses structure in South-Africa
The Congolese seafarers have joined a study program which will last more than 3 years. They will follow academic and practical courses in order to become Engineer Officer Class IV OOW unlimited or Deck Officer Class III OOW unlimited.
· English lessons
The academic phase of the training program has started in September 2015 with English lessons. Seafarers will join intensive English courses during 3 months with “English One” company located in the center of Cape Town. There, students will follow intense Academic English courses in order to prepare for the IELTS examinations. The Congolese seafarers have to get a minimum result at this test to be allowed to follow thereafter, in January 2016, the theoretical courses at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT).
· Theoretical courses
The theoretical course duration at university is two semesters of six months each. Trainees follow “formal” theoretical studies from January to December 2016, at the CPUT, in Cape-Town.
This institution is the only university of technology in the Western Cape and is the largest university in the region, boasting more than 30 000 students, several campuses and service points and more than 70 programs.
During one year, our 6 Congolese seafarers will follow courses of Mathematics, Marine Sciences, Engineering, Navigation, Marine Law and more…
In addition to these courses, students have to get STCW courses recognized and validated by SAMSA (South Africa Maritime safety Authority).
· Practical training
Then, students are required to complete 12 months unlimited sea service. The seafarers will complete their practical training working as cadet on the Hellespont Daring, in Congo.
Hellespont Daring is an offshore supply ship belonging to our client and partner in this project, Petro Services.
· 3rd Deck Officer diploma / 4th Engineer Officer diploma
At the end, when students have done theoretical courses, practical training (sea service), and STCW courses required, they must attempt The SAMSA Oral Examination (=SAMSA level 3 Assessment). This is the final exam which will allow them to become Engineer Officer Class IV OOW unlimited or Deck Officer Class III OOW (unlimited qualifications).
Why a study program in South-Africa?
The aim of the course is to afford the students the opportunity to obtain the National Diploma in Maritime Studies, or Engineering Mechanical which is accepted by maritime commerce and industry, as well as the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) Certificate of Competency, which will enable students to serve on vessels as certificated deck or engine officers.
The qualified person will have the requisite levels of theoretical knowledge, understanding and practical proficiency to establish a successful career in the shipping industry.
The courses provide an opportunity for Deck officers and for Engine Officers to obtain both a National Diploma and a STCW78 Certificate of Competency, compliant with the Manila 2010 Amendments.
The Marine Crew Services cadets and ratings programs are accredited by the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA). The university, training facilities and marine service providers they use are also all accredited by SAMSA. South Africa is on the IMO “White List” and the seafarer certification is recognized worldwide.
MCS is accredited under the Maritime Labour Convention, as well as ISO 9001_2008 certified.
Key role and benefits to OSM Congo
This project was a long process working in cooperation with our partner Petro Services, under the MOHO NORD Project conducted by TOTAL E&P Congo. OSM Crew Management Congo and Petro Services are proud to have lead our best seafarers to new career perspectives.
Today it is a double success; a success for OSM Congo to have arranged a project like this one, and also a success for the 6 seafarers who will come back from South Africa with a diploma recognized internationally and who will be able to establish a successful career in the shipping industry. With their officer diplomas they will have access to new career opportunities not enough in Congo but all around the world.