Madigi Wants To Captain A Ship

According to Wikipedia  a ship captain is the leader of an entire vessel, which can range in size from a small yacht to an entire cruise liner. He or she
21 Dec 2016 11:00
Madigi Wants To Captain A Ship
Rosalain Madigi at Walu Bay.

According to Wikipedia  a ship captain is the leader of an entire vessel, which can range in size from a small yacht to an entire cruise liner. He or she has vast experience with ships and their operation, and has likely worked their way through the ranks of other ship-related positions. Duties on the ship fall far beyond the scope of a management position, as the ship captain must be proficient in every aspect of running a ship, from ship operation to maintenance, and in the instance of touring ships, playing host to the passengers. The entire success of a ship’s voyage lies on the captain’s shoulders and how well he or she manages the crew.

This description of a sea captain has attracted Nayavu village lass, 20-year-old Rosalain Madigi to be a seafarer and take control of a ship.

Speaking to Fiji Sun she said, she would try to complete all the necessary courses at the Fiji Maritime Academy FMA) in Laucala.

The Nayavu native from Tailevu said it was in her dream to sail one day.

She was in year 10 at Suva Grammar School when she had a passion to sail.

At the moment she is a deck-cadet on the vessel MV Westerland.

Ms Madigi completed her sixth former at Suva Grammar School last year before moving to FMA this year.

When she joined FMA in February this year, she did her short courses which took her one month. These short courses she said were just for her and other students to familiarize themselves on what they were going to learn in the next few stages.

Ms Madigi said she has completed her sixth month’s industrial attachment last month and was waiting for the update from the school on when to start the course for stage three.

According to her when she goes back to FMA, she will start with her stage three doing her Deck Watch Rating (DWR). “It takes one month to complete the course for DWR. After completing my DWR I will be able to go for my stage four industrial attachment, which will take one year.”

She said her dream to captain a ship one day would be a reality with the support of her family.

While at the MV Westerland, she learns a lot of new things and the staffs are very helpful.

Meanwhile Wikipedia says a captain’s responsibilities are wide-ranging in expertise and include navigation, operation of the ship’s equipment, business functions, and the assignment and monitoring of duties performed by all crew members. Ensuring all equipment receives proper maintenance and follows environmental regulations also falls under their jurisdiction. Lesser, but equally important to their other duties, is the task of keeping regular logs throughout the journey, and supervising passengers and crew members embarking and disembarking the ship. Nearly everything that happens on the vessel must be rigorously documented and checked by the ship captain to keep a formal record of every excursion and the ship’s functions throughout. In the instance of international travel, it is the captain’s duty to meet the requirements of local and international customs and inspections.

In some cases, the captain must maintain the ship’s financial operations and accounting, including cash-on-hand and payroll, in the absence of a purser on board. They must also be responsible for the ship’s security, both in terms of basic operation and under extreme circumstances, such as responding to threats from terrorists, pirates, hijackers, and stowaways.

In the instance of trouble during the voyage that results in cargo damage or loss, improper ship piloting, or the injury or death of a crew member, a captain must act as a direct contact to local authorities to aid in the preceding investigation. They must provide thorough documentation and accounts of the event in question and be capable of providing any further information the investigative party may require.

What is the workplace of a Ship Captain like?

A ship captain’s workplace is upon their particular boat, which can vary in type and size depending on their certification. The boat’s territory may range from touring at sea, traveling rivers, or navigating various other waterways in between harbours. Because of the nature of maritime travel, a captain’s stay at their workplace may be a day-to-day outing, or last for several weeks to months.


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