Provided, That the above objectives shall be attained through profession in the Philippines: Provided, That the above objectives shall be attained through compliance with STCW ‘78 Convention, as amended.
Practice of Merchant Marine Profession
- shall refer to the profession requiring the application of fundamental and known principles of navigation, seamanship and engineering to the peculiar condition and requirements of on board management, operation and maintenance of main propulsion and auxiliary engines, stability and trim of the vessel and cargo handling. It shall also cover but will not be limited to the following:
- The proper handling and stowage of cargoes on board ship which includes the safe carriage of passengers from port of origin to port of destination;
- The safe watchkeeping of the vessel’s navigation in accordance with the Rules of the Road at Sea;
- The Maritime Education and Training of Cadets and other Marine Professionals;
- Employment with government, provided such item or position requires the knowledge and expertise of a Merchant Marine Officer.
- Merchant Marine Vessel - shall apply only to the commercial ships, propelled by machinery, public or private, strictly engaged in maritime commerce, both seagoing and/or near coastal trade, vessels engaged in the training of cadets for the merchant marine profession, and noncombatant vessels of the Philippine Government.
- Merchant Marine Officer - shall refer to marine deck or engineer officer.
- Merchant Marine Deck Officer - shall refer to a duly registered, certified and licensed master mariner, chief mate and officer-in-charge of a navigational watch.
- Merchant Marine Engineer Officer - shall refer to a duly registered, certified and licensed chief engineer, second engineer, and officer-in-charge of an engineering watch in a manned engine-room or designated duty engineer in a periodically unmanned engine-room, and coastal engineer.
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