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The General Purpose Steward course is designed for persons who are formally qualified as Stewards from a recognized hospitality training Institute but wish to learn additional skills and pursue a career in the merchant shipping. The training provides knowledge in sea safety and basic seamanship skills, which will enable Stewards to serve effectively onboard vessels. The course covers skills as deck watch rating 2 and basic sea safety training prior to joining a ship. OBJECTIVE This course aims to provide a qualified Steward with the skills and knowledge of basic seamanship and safety on board a vessel in addition to the Stewards primary responsibility of providing steward services for the passengers and or ships crew. OUTLINE 1.    Deck The General Purpose basic seamanship training ensures that the competency units Comply with organizational and legislative requirements, Contribute to safe navigation, Maintain the safety and security of the vessel, operate a small vessel and Operate and maintain outboard motors. The course units include:

•    Basic Seamanship

•    General Ships Knowledge

•    Watch keeping

•    Deck, Machinery and Equipment

•    Deck Duty

•    Outboard Motor 2.    

Steward Ships’ Steward should acquire during their education or training from a recognised institution, the recommended qualifications as Stewards.      

Their qualification as Stewards should enable them to know how to take care of  guests or crews on board, looking after passengers, taking orders for food and drink to be served to the Cabin, keeping guests’ cabins clean and tidy making beds supplying fresh linen vacuuming floors replacing mini bar items.        

Ship Steward may also need to help out in other areas of the ship if needed, such as serving drinks in the bar, or food in the restaurant. 3.    Basic Safety Training This course is designed to meet the minimum professional requirements of the 2010 amendments to the STCW Convention and Code, Chapter VI, Table A – VI/1-1 to VI/1-4 and is based on the guidelines of IMO Model Course 1.12, 1.18, 1.19, 1.20.  The basic safety program consists of:

•    Personal Survival Techniques

•    Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting

•    Basic First Aid

•    Personnel safety and social responsibility

•    Maritime Security awareness CERTIFICATES The trainee will receive a certificate of competency as General purpose Steward, which incorporates both Deck Rating 2, including their professional Steward qualification and a certificate in Basic Sea Safety training WHO SHOULD ATTEND

•    The candidate should at least be 18 years of age

•    The candidate should be able to swim and be medically fit to be a seafarer.




All candidates will receive a set of PMTC uniforms;

one pair of trousers and a t-shirt.


Total of 6 weeks for GP Steward

•    2 Weeks initial SOLAS

•    4 Weeks Nautical Studies



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