Date of Award


Degree Type

Major Paper

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Marine Affairs


This paper examines the major details of the STCW Convention and the Maritime Education Act and their inter-relationships to the American Merchant Marine training pipeline. The various programs which provide entry-level, selected advanced, continuing education and refresher training for our tanker personnel are discussed. The educational value and current status of the utilization of shore-based simulators for "equivalency training" is examined in light of the increased sea training requirements presented in the STCW Convention. The inherent benefit of a well-balanced mix of simulator training and at-sea experience for the safe, professional operation of our Merchant Marine by the "human element" is stressed. Finally, the total training concept is discussed with emphasis on improved bridge management, sound passage planning and effective vayage training to further upgrade tanker vessel safety.