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About the course

The Certificate of Competency (Special Limits) courses, which is for deck cadets and engineer cadets, are place-and-train programmes for aspiring seafarers.

They are part of the joint effort between Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, Employment and Employability Institute and Singapore Workforce Development Agency.

The 21-month deck cadet programme starts with classroom training, followed by operating within the Specials Limits at sea. The Special Limits is a radius of 30 nautical miles off Singapore.

The deck cadets can progress to become deck masters - captain of the ship - with sufficient sea time and further training.

For engineering cadets, they can become chief engineers.

The pioneer batch of 44 deck cadets and engineer cadets graduated in April.