Jul 14, 2018
Seaman Profession Salary/Compensation A seaman’s entry level salary ranges from P10,000 - P12,000 per month and may even go up to P17,000 per month for those highly-trained and experienced. Seaman abroad has a starting monthly salary of $900. Basic Educational Requirement There is a four-year course for anyone who wants to pursue a career on board. However, individuals who are not graduates of a marine course can still work on a ship, provided they undergo a 10-day training that is administered by accredited training centers. It is important to check if the training center or maritime school is CHED, or MARINA-accredited and compliant to international standards set by International Maritime Organization's (IMO) and amended Standards of Training Certification and Watch Keeping Convention (STCWC). Sea-based workers also need to undergo the Basic Safety Course (BSC), should have a valid Seafarers Identification and Record Book (SIRB) and Certificate of Competency (COC) issued by the MARINA and the Seafarer’s Registration Certificate (SRC). Cost of Education A seaman’s course may range approximately from P25,000 - P35,000 per semester in private technical schools and about P10,000 to P15,000 in public institutions. Employment Opportunities Most Seamen are employed on a passenger ship, cargo vessel, oil tanker and fishing boats. Seamen may also be employed in the following industries: Fishing, Transport, Storage and Communication, and Public Adminstration and Defense, Compulsory Social Security. Prospects for Career Advancement A seaman’s opportunity for advancement depends on the trainings and further studies he/she has completed, although most of them are aiming for an officer level position someday. Nature of Work A Seaman stands watch at bow or on wing of bridge to look for obstructions in path of vessel; measure water depth; turn wheel on bridge or use emergency equipment as directed by mate; break out, rig, overhaul, and store cargo-handling gear, stationary rigging, and running gear; and chip rust from and paint deck or ship’s structure. He must hold a government-issued certification when working aboard liquid-carrying vessels. Tasks Measures depth of water in shallow or unfamiliar waters, using leadline, and telephones or shouts information to bridge; Breaks out, rigs, overhauls, and stows cargo-handling gear, stationary rigging, and running gear; Stands watch from bow of ship or wing of bridge to look for obstruction in path of ship; Steers ship and maintains visual communication with other ships; Steers ship under direction of ship’s commander or navigating officer, or directs helmsman to steer, following designated course; Overhauls lifeboats and lifeboat gear, and lowers or raises lifeboats with winch or falls; and Paints and chips rust on deck or super structure of ship. Skills and Competencies
Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits; Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance; Controlling operations of equipment or systems; and Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly. Physical Attributes and Characteristics
Physically fit; Ability to see details at a distance; The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions; The ability to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you; and The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.