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The General Purpose course is designed for persons wanting to learn new skills and pursue a career in the merchant shipping. It gives basic skills and knowledge on how to be a seaman. The course covers skills in both deck and engine on board a ship. OBJECTIVE This course aims to prove a basic knowledge of basic seamanship and safety on board a vessel. 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.    

Engine The Engine rating grade 2 stream will meet the mandatory minimum requirements for certification of ratings forming part of a watch in a manned engine-room or designated to perform duties in a periodically unmanned engine-room as an Engine Room Rating Grade 2. The modules include:

•    Workshop Safety Theory

•    Fitting Workshop Practice

•    Propulsion Machinery/Outboard motor

•    Auxiliary Machinery

•    Engine Workshop

•    Electrical Knowledge

•    Ship Construction 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

•    Elementary First Aid

•    Personal Safety and Social Responsibility

•    Proficiency  in Survival on Inflatable Life Raft

•    Proficiency in Security Awareness




The trainee will receive a certificate of competency as General purpose Rating 2, which incorporates both Deck and Engine training and a certificate in Basic Safety training.



•    The candidate should at least be 18 years of age

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



All candidates will receive a set of PMTC uniforms; one pair of trousers and a t-shirt.


Total of 10 weeks for GP Rating

•    2 Weeks initial SOLAS

•    4 Weeks Marine Engineering

•    4 Weeks Nautical Studies


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