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Sea Training


Three 60-day training cruises, established by the U.S. Coast Guard, are required of all students seeking a license as Third Mate or Third Assistant Engineer.

The cruises will be accomplished in the following order on the following vessels: training ship, commercial ship, and training ship. This program is part of the academic curriculum and carries credit for graduation.

Transfers from other state maritime academies may receive credit for each cruise completed within the same program, as long as the sea training was of 60 days or more and the STCW requirements covered on the cruises were completed. Transfers from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy will receive credit for only 60 days of sea time as the USMMA's training is on a commercial ship. A transfer from the USMMA will have to complete two cruises on board Cal Maritime's training ship. Navy or unlicensed merchant marine sea time may not meet the sea training requirements of Cal Maritime as required by the U.S. Coast Guard

Sea Training Organization

The Sea Training program is divided into three training periods of approximately eight weeks each. During the training periods students put the skills and knowledge they have been taught in the classroom to the ultimate test-actual practice. The entire operation of the Training Ship GOLDEN BEAR is performed by students, with licensed faculty officers acting in an advisory capacity. First-year students do the more elementary tasks, while third-year students perform all the duties of ship officers.

The sea training is designed to comply with the International Maritime Organization's Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping of Seafarers, 1995. Additionally, the sea training is designed to provide all students with an understanding of the maritime industry and the requirements of living in a ship environment.

Sea Training - Deck

CRU 100 Sea Training I

This evolution addresses skills required of Ratings Forming Part of the Navigational Watch. Students develop internationally mandated skills by practicing on shipboard equipment. They steer the ship, keep a proper lookout, monitor and control conditions for safety, operate emergency equipment, and demonstrate emergency procedures. These skills are evaluated by shipboard officers trained to assess International Standards of Watch Keeping. Students must also demonstrate competencies in emergency and occupational safety, basic personal survival, and procedures to prevent pollution of the marine environment. In addition, they acquire a basic knowledge of deck maintenance and tools used on deck. Small boat operation skills are also developed, particularly in anchor ports.

CRU 200 Sea Training II (Commercial)

While aboard a commercial vessel for a period of at least 60 days, cadets are given a series of projects to perform and an extensive written report to prepare on their experiences. The report covers many components of navigation, seamanship, labor relations, human relations, and safe cargo handling and stowage.

This report is assessed for completeness and accuracy by an assigned faculty member after the end of the commercial cruise. The student must meet departmental commercial cruise policy, which includes maintaining a 2.0 GPA in selected professional courses and adhering to disciplinary and academic probation requirements.

CRU 300 Sea Training III

This evolution addresses skills required of Officer in Charge of the Navigational Watch. During this final cruise, students must demonstrate competence in skills established by international standards. These include planning and conducting a passage; determining the ship's position by celestial, terrestrial and electronic means; and maintaining a safe navigational watch. Students are assessed in their ability to respond promptly and properly to shipboard emergencies and to distress situations on other vessels. Cadets must also demonstrate adequate skills in maneuvering the ship. At the end of this cruise, they should be qualified to perform the duties of licensed deck officers at sea, with the exception of watchstanding skills to be assessed by full mission simulator afterward.

Sea Training - Engine

CRU 150 Sea Training I

First at-sea experience on the training ship. Introduction to the fundamentals of engineering systems operations and shipboard routine, including operation and monitoring techniques for diesel propulsion, electrical power generation, and evaporators and support equipment. Duties during emergency situations such as fire, abandon ship, and rescue are also learned. By the end of the cruise, the student will have demonstrated the required STCW competencies and understand basic power plant operation and maintenance.

CRU 250 Sea Training II (Commercial)

This course is a 60-day sea training experience aboard a commercial or government vessel for students pursuing a USCG Third Assistant Engineer's License. A comprehensive engineering report and performance evaluations by the ship's engineering officers are the basis for course grading. The Commercial Cruise Project includes a journal of operational and maintenance experiences, technical descriptions and drawings of shipboard engineering systems, and a summary of measures to implement environmental and SOLAS regulations.

CRU 350 Sea Training III

During the cruise, the student functions as the supervisor and assumes responsibility for the proper performance of the first cruise students in engineering tasks. Responsibility is in the following areas: (1) as watch engineer, directly responsible to a licensed watch officer for the operation of all systems, ensuring that all data is properly taken and recorded and all duties properly performed; (2) as daywork assistant, maintaining and repairing equipment and systems under the supervision of an instructor; and (3) as engineering assistant, carrying out Third Assistant duties under the supervision of the Chief Engineer. By the end of cruise, the student will have demonstrated required STCW competencies and be ready to stand watch as a Third Assistant Engineer. 

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