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By: Brandon and Joel




Summary

A ship’s captain on an oil rig is the person in charge of mostly everything on the rig. That person deals with safety, crew management, cargo, international laws, accounting and payrolls. The ship’s captain is a very important job on a ship or oil rig, ensuring the ship is kept in order, and meets all regulations. They make up to $400 a day, or on average, $80,000 - $ 120,000 a year. In order to be a ship’s captain, you need to have a license or certificate issued from the ship’s flag state. If you go further and get an unlimited master’s license, usually known as master mariners, it allows you to operate any vessel worldwide.This isn’t easy to receive; you must have several years of seagoing experience as a deck officer and take part in many years in a maritime college or academy.
When considering a ship’s captain as a career, it helps to be, decisive, organized, and able to handle several tasks at once. If you work well under pressure, get along with large groups of people, and communicate well, then this could be the career for you. Some courses you can take in high school to help you in this career, are calculus, math (algebra, geometry and trigonometry), computers, woodworking, physics, chemistry and English. Part of this job description includes working with a large crew and communicating with them. It is expected that by the year 2018, a ship’s captain is expected to grow faster than any other job.
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Ship Captain Information
Job Description
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How To Become A Ship Captain



General Description

A ship's captain is the captain on a ship, who is in charge of almost everything to due with the ship, the crew and well being of the ship. The captain is similar to a boss type, in the way that they are in charge of the ships finances, payrolls, commands, inventoryand more.

Training And Education

In order to become a Ship Captain, there a few important steps and guide lines to follow to guarentee sucess in this career. The main thing to do is make sure to get good grades in high school, most students enrolled in the program to train for this career, are the top students in their class. Here in Newfoundland, Marine Institute offers an excellent course on Nautical Science which is one of the best in Canada for preparing people to become a Ship Captain.

Work Opportunities

Ship Captains and officers are in demand due to the increase in shipping trade activities globally, and the consequent high demand for ships needed to transport the cargo. It is expected that by 2018, the demand for ship captain's will expand greatly.

Salary And Benfits

They make up to $400 a day, or on average, $80,000 - $ 120,000 a year. In order to be a ship’s captain, you need to have a license or certificate issued from the ship’s flag state. If you go further and get an unlimited master’s license, usually known as master mariners, it allows you to operate any vessel worldwide.


Working Conditions And Realities

A Ship Captain may travel onboard a ship for about 24 weeks at a stretch, with paid rest periods of about 12 weeks between sea voyages.


References

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Captain_(nautical) retrieved on January 29th, 2011
http://www.ehow.com/how_2070172_become-cruise-ship-captain.html retrieved on January 29th, 2011
http://www.payscale.com/research/CA/Job=Ship_Captain/Salary , retrieved on February 3rd, 2011
http://education-portal.com/become_a_ship_captain.html, retrieved on February 7th, 2011
http://www.mi.mun.ca/nauticalscience/ retrieved on February 7th, 2011
http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos247.htm retrieved on February 9th, 2011
http://en.allexperts.com/q/Sailing-1650/ship-captain.htm retrieved on February 14th, 2011