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Never before has it been so important to have independent, honest voices and sources of information. We are - as a society - inundated and overwhelmed with a flood of information from a wide array of sources, but these sources of information, by and large, serve the powerful interests and individuals that own them, with vested interests. The main sources of information, for both public and official consumption, include the mainstream media, alternative media, academia and think tanks. Though, eLearning can never be a complete replacement for all maritime training. While considering 'training and competencies' in the maritime world. We need to know of two major components: Knowledge and Skills. We may also have, more importantly to consider components such as attitude, experience, etc. We need to agree that knowledge and skill are the two most vital and primary components that are considered the most important in the issue of the Certificate of Maritime competency, under various grades and branches namely Navigation and Engineering. Disgraceful that COC consideration not made for electrical officers, right from its origin. While certification for harbour crafts were made mandatory in the same two branches speaks of the incompetency of the mariners inducted in the office of the directorate general shipping but for blindly following U.K. methods and procedures having no policy of their own, though induction of ETO's made but for practical purposes electrical officers continue to be employed on main fleet and offshore vessels not keeping abreast to the technological advances. Besides, seafarers, have the mandatory courses/ refresher courses/re-validation courses/ simulation training /post qualifying courses etc. asked to be attended, killing their precious time ashore, earned by active sea-service out at sea, to be with their near and dear one's in one's own life, while they have to spend time on renewal of driving-licence, passport, CDC etc.. If e-learning can be implemented to the best possible level, considering seafarers welfarethe viability, to the optimised level, the other part can be squeezed considerably in time spent by the seafarers, reasonably to benefit them to be with their dear ones to whom they have been separated while in their profession. This need, in the welfare of the active sea-going seafarers, working out on the deep seas with risks and sacrifices, benefitting their country of origin by foreign-exchange, brought by them into the country of origin, by their hard work with occupational hazards. eLearning is primarily focused on knowledge acquisition. Knowledge, forms the basis for all skills and competencies. There is very little question about this, but just in case there is any at all, note the following from the STCW Manila Amendments, Chapter II, Section B-II/1, Paragraph 14:
Dr. Chandran Peechulli, Ph.D; MBA; D.Sc; FIE(India), PgDIMS(UK), PgTED; FIIPE; MSEI; MSNAME(USA),LLM,
Editor & Publisher - " Marine Waves"
Ex.Chief Engineer(Marine), Ex.GM(T) & DPA - Crossword Shipping
Corporate Member - Chennai Press Club, President - RIMNOS
Consultant - CeeCee Indl. & Marine Consultants

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