Yet another week is gone and I can happily say that so far for all the assessments and exams I have marks back for, I have passed. So I am currently just waiting on â€œNavigation Aids / Voyage Planningâ€ and â€œDry Cargoâ€ results.
This semester is very sparse on classes, with them dotted around the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings.
The 5 classes are broadly named Command Management and Marine Operations but break down into;
Command Management is split between three lecturers, with each lecturer covering a different part;
MCA Signals â€“ Not quite purely for signals, but this is the class that after Easter we will be doing practice and sitting our signals examination in. For those not aware thatâ€™s things such Morse code & the International Code of Signals. Before Easter we will be doing emergency procedures.
Manoeuvring â€“ Covering mainly manoeuvring characteristics and involving time practicing on the colleges TRANSAS simulators.
Engineering â€“ We havenâ€™t had this class yet, so Iâ€™m not entirely sure whatâ€™s involved.
Marine Operations has been split between two lecturers and is essentially covering all the legal aspects of shipping including; international sale of goods, bills of lading, record keeping, collisions, P&I Clubs, lay time, salvage, pollution, employment contracts and lots of other things which I wont list.
Initially there doesnâ€™t appear to be an exam for any of the classes this semester, they all seem to be assessed using assignments and coursework, which is always a good thing â€“ except they can make it a lot harder since you have access to notes!