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FNU In Discussions With MSAF For New Maritime Studies

Fiji may soon become one of the first Pacific Island Country in the region to offer a new Bachelor in Nautical Science programme, commonly known as Class I & II masters and Chief Mates. The programme which is offered in Australia and New Zealand, is not locally offered in Fiji and other maritime institutes in the Pacific.
28 Apr 2022 04:00
FNU In Discussions With MSAF For New Maritime Studies
Swire Shipping’s cargo vessel Suva Chief, one of several vessels that have been renamed after a Pacific Islands.

Fiji may soon become one of the first Pacific Island Country in the region to offer a new Bachelor in Nautical Science programme, commonly known as Class I & II masters and Chief Mates.

The programme which is offered in Australia and New Zealand, is not locally offered in Fiji and other maritime institutes in the Pacific.

 

Fiji National University’s (FNU) Fiji Maritime Academy Chief Executive Officer, Captain Rajitha Semage said they are in discussions with the Fiji Maritime Authority of Fiji (MSAF) to finalise details and obtain approval to offer the new Bachelor in Nautical Science programme.

 

Captain Semage said the new programme would be a significant achievement for Fiji and the FNU.

“This programme will equip the Fijians and other regional seafarers to take up positions as Masters and Chief Mates on ships of 500 gross tonnes or more anywhere in the world on board any vessel,” he said.

 

“This is an exciting field in which there is a demand, and offering programmes would help graduates secure stable and rewarding employment opportunities.

“This programme would act as a career progression for the seafarers who already have their Class III Watchkeeper Level Nautical Science Certificate of Competencies.”

 

The Bachelor in Nautical Science programme, will deliver the following functions to seafarers:
– Navigation at the management level
– Cargo handling and stowage at the management level
– At the operation of the ship and care for persons on board at the management level

 

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