It is said that Maritime Jobs are one of the highest paid jobs in the career market and they come along with several other perks. This is the main reason that keeps pulling in many new aspirants who want to establish a successful career in merchant navy or other marine fields.
Globally, several maritime institutes open each year for training and imparting knowledge to young students. These maritime institutes and education system have the hard task of working on the challenges as discussed in this article.
The Maritime industry can be said to be reborn in the last decade due to the introduction of several security, safety and environmental protection measures adopted by the global shipping industry.
With the changes in the need of the economical, social and environmental scenario of the world with the growth of shipping industry, today’s maritime institutes has to adopt some more teaching methods apart from technical and conventional knowledge.
Some of the areas wherein Maritime education systems need to put in more efforts are:
I. Environmental Concern: The education system needs to do more in order to make the young maritime professionals understand the importance of marine environment and each one’s responsibilities towards minimizing pollution at sea.
Many new environment protection rules have been introduced to minimise the pollution effects and the main intention of these initiatives has to be understood and taught to the students.
Maritime Environment management and protection can be introduced in the education system apart from the basic MARPOL training.
II. Safety Concern: The safety of ship personnel is of utmost importance and with new technology and growth in the shipping sector, seafarers are more exposed to danger of accident due to lack of knowledge on the topic of safety at sea.
Education procedure should be such that students take safety of self and fellow person as their primary intention during doing jobs on ships. One of the major topics that the education system must concentrate is of “Fatigue”, which is being considered primary factor for accidents on ship and one which is still being avoided in the education system worldwide.
III. Security concern: With number of Piracy Attacks rising around the world, it is important to initiate the anti piracy training right from the basic level of education i.e. to the students in the maritime colleges. By anti-piracy training we don’t mean self defence techniques but knowledge on how to behave during situations of pirates-on-board.
The anti piracy subject must be introduced so as to make the young blood aware of the present day piracy scenario and to prepare them to tackle the same.
IV. Information Technology: Shipping is now adopting Information technology as its main tool for safety, security and other major operations. The importance of the same has to be made clear in the education sector so that it becomes easier for professionals to distribute and share and find information using the best of technology.
With ships becoming more automated and digital every year, young students should be given an exposure or at least a glimpse of what they can expect while working on future ships.
The global maritime education system is in a way very rigid and slow to adopt changes and to keep with the pace of the ever evolving world. This may eventually lead to disturbances in the growth of the maritime sector as a whole, when young trained students from maritime institutes join the industry. The maritime education sector thus needs to be more flexible and should adapt the changes that are going on and are necessary in the maritime sector as soon as possible.