SSTG Phase 2 (First Sea Phase) Instructions.

This phase of your training will largely consist of you becoming familiar with the environment at sea and commencing the completion and recording of tasks in your MNTB TRB (Training Record Book). 

Entry Requirements: 

Certificates which must be held prior to commencing this phase: 

  • Hold a valid ENG 1 Medical for the expected duration of your first voyage. 
  • STCW Basic Certificates: 
    • Personal Survival Techniques.
    • Basic Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting.
    • Elementary First Aid.
    • Personnel Safety and Social Responsibility.

    • Security Awareness.

Training To Be Completed During This Phase: 

This phase of your training will largely consist of the following: 

  • Become familiar with company health, safety and emergency procedures on board. 
  • Complete a steering certificate (Deck cadets only). 
  • Complete as many tasks as practical as detailed in your TRB. 
  • Complete any work based learning set by the college/university (usually required as an integral part of FD/SPD programmes but cadets following other programmes may have set work to complete during this sea phase which is compulsory).

Never leave a vessel without obtaining a completed sea service testimonial.

Personal Study Required: 

This phase of your training will largely consist of you participating in the normal activities that occur on board ship, many of which must subsequently be recorded in your MNTB TRB. In order to gain sufficient all round experience, from time to time, you will be required to participate in the activities undertaken by various individuals’ onboard ship. However, at this stage of your training this is likely to involve a high level of practical work around the vessel. 

The written work that you are required to complete, in order to complete the workbook, will usually need to be completed in your own time and this may necessitate on average 5-10 hours private study each week but this will vary depending on the schedule of the vessel. 

Items To Be Taken To Sea With You:

The following items must be taken to college with you: 

  • Discharge Book.
  • Passport.
  • ENG 1 Medical Certificate valid for the full duration of the voyage.
  • All original ‘short course’ certificates.
  • Navigational and Operations Workbook (Deck cadets only).
  • Engineering and Operations Workbook (Engineer cadets only).
  • Workbook (ETO cadets only).
  • Sufficient cash to cover anticipated immediate requirements and emergencies.
  • Clothing and personal effects necessary to complete this phase of your training. A full Trainee kit list can be found here.

Updated:     14 May 2024