Seamanship at Namfi

Seamanship at Namfi

What is Seamanship?

Seamanship is the art, knowledge and competence of operating a ship, boat or other craft on water. The Oxford Dictionary states that seamanship is “The skill, techniques, or practice of handling a ship or boat at sea.”


A common motivation in going to sea is money, another is the lack of local employment opportunities and a third is pressure from family and friends. In addition some seafarers may wish to develop their skills at sea, in order to pursue a ‘portfolio career’. Aspiring Filipino seamen are required to acquire degrees such as Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation and Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering or basic seaman course from maritime schools.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does good seamanship mean?

Good seamanship generally means skill in and knowledge of the work of navigating, maintaining, and operating a vessel. A good seamanship is the resultant behavior that can be expected from an average good masters or officer.

What is navigation and seamanship?

This is an introductory course for anybody who is currently boating or interested in the basics of navigating safely at sea. You will learn how to; Read and interpret charts, publications and terms. Learn how to read and interpret buoyage.

Who invented seamanship?

Pedro de Medina, whose Arte de Navegar was originally published in Spain in 1545, has been called “the founder of the literature of seamanship”. At the very least, his work was extremely popular and was soon translated into French, Italian, and English in 13 editions during the next century.

What are the 3 types of navigation?

As with different ways to describe location, there are also different ways to navigate places. Three main types of navigation are celestial, GPS, and map and compass.

What is deck seamanship?

The term deck ape is Navy slang for the jack-of-all-trades sailor who handles the lines, manages cargo loads, does routine maintenance and cleaning, and stands lookout, if needed. It’s a lowly role in terms of naval hierarchy but it’s a vital one.

What are the job skills needed in seaman?

In the case of an able seaman, they should be competent in lifesaving, CPR and first aid, telecommunication systems, sanitation, geography, general maintenance, and mechanics. That includes knowing how to operate, maintain and repair the machinery, safety equipment and tools used on cargo ships or other vessels.

What is the use of navigation?

Navigation is the art and science of determining the position of a ship, plane or other vehicle, and guiding it to a specific destination. Navigation requires a person to know the vehicle’s relative location, or position compared to other known locations. Navigators measure distance on the globe in degrees.

What is rope in seamanship?

By Lieutenant Commander Thomas Cutler, U.S. Navy (Retired) April 2021. Bluejacket’s Manual. In the Navy, the term “rope” refers to both fiber and wire.

What is the course for seaman?

Aspiring Filipino seamen are required to acquire degrees such as Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation and Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering or basic seaman course from maritime schools.

What is the most important attribute of seaman?

So, what are these necessary personality traits that every seafarer should have? Strong work ethic, tenacity, punctuality, courage and diligence, are all skills highly appreciated in many industries, however in maritime these are virtual necessities.

What is ship handling an art or a science?

Ship handling is both a science and an art. Science because it requires knowledge of various forces acting on the ship. Art because it requires the skills of an experienced navigator to use these forces in his favour.

How many years is a seaman course?

It is a four-year residency course consisting of a three-year academic studies (1st, 2nd and 4th year) and one year shipboard training (3rd year) on board commercial vessels plying the international sea lanes as deck cadets.

What are the duties of ordinary seaman?

The Ordinary Seaman (OS) is an unlicensed entry level member of the Deck Department crew. Performs work pertaining to general maintenance, repair, sanitation, and upkeep of material, equipment, and areas that are the responsibility of the Deck Department.

What are the duties and responsibilities of a seafarer?

Duties include deck and accommodation patrols, steering the vessel, standing lookout and assisting the officer on watch. They also moor and unmoor the vessel in ports, secure/unsecure cargo, as well as cleaning and maintaining the deck.

What is an example of navigation?

For example, if you click on “Computers & Tablets,” you’re taken to a navigation with a list of computers and tablets. Then, if you click Tablets, you can see your product options for tablets. This navigation is extremely organized, which makes it easy for people to find what they need.