Nikola Vaptsarov Naval Academy
Abstract. In the early 1990s, before the current International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping – 78 have been fully implemented in the shipping industry, each shipowner have employed seamen according to the needs of the particular ship. The responsibility for the training and the subsequent qualification was completely handed over to the maritime educational institutions. Since the beginning of the new millennium, the shipping industry has been affected by many regulatory changes and rapid development in various sectors. One of the key area is to improve the quality of training and qualification of seafarers. This process does not complete with graduation from an educational institution, as the basis of professional training are laid there. The expansion and improving of knowledge and skills, many of which are outside the scope of conventional competencies, are realized by additional educational forms and techniques. As such a form, are fleet officer’s seminars organized by almost all shipping companies. This article presents the summarized results of such seminars carried out in different cities and countries and different shipping companies. It provides a detailed analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the event in the context of the principles of the science “andragogy” and the “Life Long Learning” strategy. The article makes attempt to open the door for cooperation between shipping industry and maritime educational institutions for further training and qualification of maritime personnel.
Keywords: lifelong learning; maritime education and training; education for maritime specialists; education for adults