DGS approved Maritime Education and training is presently under a
disarray. None of the DGS approved
courses, are allowed to be conducted and a Risk management has not been put in
place. The DGS approved courses designed as per IMO STCW, Conducted, assessed
and being certified can be classed under
a)Pre Sea Classroom
or Practical’s or Modular,
competency or Modular
Whilst DGS approval stops the progress of these courses, what’s
surprising is that except for a few companies, all value added courses had also
come to a stop. This will further complicate the sign off of seafarers as their
relieving seafarers may not have the adequate certification valid in able to
The only programs
which seem to be running effectively and efficiently are the value added
programs which are not in the mandated domain, especially the programs in the
knowledge and behavioural domains. One Such Program is the Extra Masters
Program conducted by Synergistic Solutions which has been conducted since March
2019 and running seamlessly even during COVID lockdown. The syllabus is
designed by the NT Circular 1 of 2019 and finally examined by DGS.
itself should send a strong message to authorities.
We have hence tried to identify a process by which academies can run
the DGS approved courses seamlessly and define a way as to how the balance
activities required by the STCW/ DGS requirements may be met by examining the COVID effect under following:
that classify this as a Black swan event.
2.Why is Resilience Missing
in out MET?
3.It’s a Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and
ambiguous (VUCA) world. Are we prepared?
4.Carrying out a
Risk Management for DGS approved courses
We can represent
the way ahead with role and responsibilities of Stake holders from Approvers of MET, Seafarers, MTIs, On Board Master/ Chief Engineers CTOs of Ship
Managers- DGS/MMD Assessing Authorities. A table for same has been created and
is available with Synergistic Solutions on request
At Synergistic solutions we look at COVID as an Opportunity rather than discomfort or Survival. This is
done proactively by carrying out effective Risk Management. We only conduct
value added programs as shown in our website www.synergisticsolutions.co .
These are either self-designed or designed specifically for a company.
What is critical
here is that the only course which has run continuously and seamlessly during
the lockdown period is the Extra Masters course and some free courses and
counselling offered on video conferencing and webinars. Records of conduct,
attendance of Faculty and Participants, learning of students in class and
through assignments, and our internal assessment in each subject area are
available. The most important data is the co-relationship between our final
assessment of student’s performance and the MMD results. There is a near
(The author wishes to acknowledge Professor of Strategy Hiten Muchhala at SP Jain School of Global Management
from whose presentation the Author draws inspiration to this article. Any
queries may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org)