Nautical Science has three main elements:
- Navigation - the conning and control of a ship
- Cargo Operations - the safe operation of a ship, including the protection of life and the environment
- Ship Handling - shipboard administration, and the handling, loading and care of cargoes which may be as diverse as petroleum products, general cargo, or thousands of new cars or passengers
In addition to theoretical studies, students gain practical experience in safety, personal survival, rescue and fire-fighting. All students train with experienced seafarers at the National Maritime College of Ireland and aboard merchant vessels worldwide. Whether the choice is nautical science or marine engineering, the student will experience the most modern resources in the world of seafarer training.
About the Course
Location: NMCI, Ringaskiddy, Co. Cork.
This course is designed for those who wish to pursue a career as a Deck Officer aboard ship. It provides a comprehensive education in navigation and other ship board activities.
Students who successfully complete Year 1 can expect to be placed on a series of commercial ships in Year 2, gaining fifteen months seatime for practical training experience, and to gain the necessary ‘seatime’ for the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport Certificate of Competency. In addition, students must complete a comprehensive workplace training programme including training records, journals and other documents associated with the training programme, as specified from time to time.
It should be noted that while every endeavour will be made to secure suitable sea training placement, this is outside the control of CIT/NMCI and the College cannot accept responsibility for difficulties in securing such placement.
For details, see www.nmci.ie
Degree holders who achieve the specified level of academic performance are eligible to apply for entry to the one year add-on
How successful is the College at securing work placement?
Very successful. Suitable qualified personnel with relevant qualifications are always in demand in the industry.
How do I go about getting a Shipping Company to sponsor me while I am in College?
The College endeavours to place all students on vessels. To-date it has been successful.
Do I have to work for the training berth once I graduate?
The commitment from the sponsoring companies usually ends upon graduation. However, a significant number of graduates go on to work as an officer with their sponsors.
How much sea going experience do I need before I can apply to sit for a Master’s Ticket?
A minimum of 36 months sea-service is required to progress to Ship’s Captain. With leave and further study requirements, this generally takes six to seven years to complete.
Catríona is a graduate of both the Level 7 and Level 8 BSc in Nautical Science programmes. During her seagoing career, Catríona sailed on a wide variety of vessels including a survey vessel, lighthouse tender, general cargo vessel, passenger/RO/RO vessel, ferries, and cruise ships. After graduating with the Level 8 Honours Degree,
Catríona obtained her MCA Master Mariner (Master Unlimited) Certificate of Competency qualifying her to command her own vessel as Captain/Master Mariner.
On coming ashore Catríona began working as an Assistant Harbour Master and was later promoted to Deputy Harbour Master in Belfast Harbour before taking up her newest role as Harbour Master in Warrenpoint Harbour. Catríona is the first female Harbour Master of a large commercial port in the history of the Island of Ireland. Catríona is the recipient of the 6th CIT Faculty of Engineering & Science STEM Graduate Achievement Award.
When Sinéad completed the Nautical Science Degree course, she worked on ships as a Navigating Officer to gain experience before returning to CIT to obtain qualifications as First Mate. Sinéad qualified as a Master Mariner when she successfully completed her Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport professional examinations.
She has the proud distinction of being the first woman to be issued with a Certificate of Competency as Master Mariner in Ireland. Sinéad is a former President of the Irish Institute of Master Mariners and is currently Head of the Department of Maritime Studies at the NMCI.