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Captain of a ship

  1. Jul 11, 2009 #1
    Is there another name for the course of being a captain of a ship? is it nautical engineering?

    Any school in mind dat i can go to in the near future?
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  3. Jul 11, 2009 #2


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    Welcome to PF!

    Hi chinchins! Welcome to PF! :smile:

    I believe a captain needs a master mariner's licence (or master's licence), but you need other licences or certificates first …

    I think you have to work your way up, getting qualifications as you go.

    There's some details at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Captain_(nautical) and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Licensed_mariner and http://www.hcmm.org.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=97&Itemid=53

    Which country are you from?
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  4. Jul 11, 2009 #3
    thanks! :)

    i am from the Philippines. studying in Cebu International School and im in grade 11. Im asking coz i just want to get all my plans for college straighten up as early as possible so i wont be cramming and so that i can stil change my mind if i decide to but right now, my aim is to be a captain of a ship. a cruise ship more likely.

    il check on d links. thanks for posting it. :)
  5. Jul 11, 2009 #4


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    There are schools that specialize in teaching mariners. Maine Maritime Academy is one of them, and a number of my friends graduated from there. By the time you graduate, you will have been educated (to one degree or another) in propulsion, power generation, electrical distribution, instrumentation, etc. Ships are like self-contained floating cities, and the students have to learn to operate all the systems on their training vessel.

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