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BS in Marine Transportation in the Philippines

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Program Overview

The Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation (BSMT) is a four-year undergraduate degree program that leads to a professional career in the maritime industry, as a marine deck officer. Through this program, the students will be able to acquire the necessary skills and knowledge needed to accomplish their future duties and responsibilities as a marine officer and will be exposed to theories and practices in seamanship, navigation, ship business, meteorology, and marine laws.


Recommended Senior High School Strand

Students who are planning to take up BS Marine Transportation can select between Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and Technical-Vocational-Livelihood (TVL) as their Senior High School (SHS) strand. 


Under STEM, there are three specialized subjects included in the curriculum that are maritime-related While in the TVL, there is a maritime specialization that provides a certificate that will allow them to work aboard the ship. 


Subjects and Curriculum

  • Ship Handling and Maneuvering
  • Ships, Ship Routines, and Construction
  • Cargo Handling and Storage
  • Merchant Ships Search and Rescue
  • Deck Watch-keeping
  • Shipboard Personnel Management
  • Basic Marine Engineering
  • Ship Management Systems
  • Meteorology and Oceanography
  • Radio Communication
  • Basic Safety
  • Maritime Laws
  • Marine Pollution and Prevention


Admission Requirements

Qualifications

  • The student must be a high school graduate. 

However, if they were not able to graduate high school, they may opt to take the Alternative Learning System (ALS) and pass the Philippine Educational Placement Test (PEPT) to qualify for college; the availability of courses for PEPT passers depend on the university.

  • The students must pass the College Admissions Test of the university.

Basic Requirements

  • Form 138 - High School Report Card (Original and Photocopy)
  • Recommendation letter from High school principal and guidance counselor
  • Most recent medical and dental health record
  • Copy of NSO Certified birth certificate
  • Certificate of Good moral character
  • Copy of honorable dismissal
  • Copy of high school diploma
  • (1) Latest 2”x2” ID Picture

Program Outcome

Graduates of BS in Marine Transportation are expected to be able to:

  • Solve problems related to the profession using mathematics, science and technology knowledge
  • Keep up with industry developments and engage in lifelong learning
  • Use modern tools and appropriate techniques to remain globally competitive in the profession
  • Apply research methodologies while conducting research

On-The-Job Training/Internship

During the fourth year of the program, students are required to attend an On the Job Training (OJT) in an actual ship in order to expose students to the real-life applications of the concepts and techniques that they have learned.


Students are given the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills in an actual work setting. Usually, universities require them to submit a written report on their tasks, learning experiences, and hours rendered. Their work performance will also be evaluated by their immediate managers and will be submitted to their respective OJT coordinator. The number of hours required may differ in each university.



Board Exam

To become a Licensed Marine Engine Officer in the Philippines, a graduate of BS in Marine Transportation needs to choose from the Navigational Watch Licensure Examination, Chief Mate Licensure Examination, and Master Mariner Licensure Examination and pass the exam. The examination is conducted by the Board of Marine Deck and Marine Engine Officers under the supervision of the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC). Note that before taking any of the relevant licensure examinations, graduates of Marine Transportation must have an actual work experience aboard a ship, and the minimum length of service depends upon the requirements of the PRC.



Career Opportunities

Graduates of BS in Marine Transportation may pursue a career path in the marine industry. They may apply as an ordinary seaman, able seaman, boatswain, third mate, second mate, officer-in-charge of a navigational watch, merchant marine officer, maritime education and training officer, Philippine coast guard officer, or a naval officer.

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list bulletWhy did I choose Marine Transportation: 3 Reasons:
1st - Peer Pressure. Everyone just kept talking about the course so I kept it into consideration.
2nd - Choice. I begun to admire the status of the products. So, it becomes my personal choice after Chemical Engineering.
3rd. Practicability - Sometimes personal choice isn't good enough to choose. We need to put in mind, where and who am I after I graduated?

list bulletAbout my college education: I am a cadet of a Norwegian Scholarship, thus, I am not following the normal 3 - 1 scheme (3 years in college and 1 year apprenticeship). I am in a 2 - 1 - 1 scheme which means I spent 2 years in college 1 year in an international vessel and 1 year again in school for the BS degree as required by CHED. At first it is difficult to maintain both physical training and academics. But, as days went by things were just becoming routines.

For regular students, Discipline is the thing you need the most. What is taught in school is of a great help on board a vessel as per my experience. You don't need to be a Magna Cum Laude, you don't need to memorize a Fibonacci Sequence just to be a world-class seafarer. Perseverance, Leadership, Education, Discipline, Godliness, Equality as stated in the school's core values when attained by one's self, success is just by his hand.

list bulletMy current job: Now, I am reviewing for my board exam.
During my apprenticeship, I worked as a Deck Cadet on board an international vessel. I assisted my officers in their daily works. For Deck Works I do painting and other routine works. But for the rest of my stay for 12 months I was mostly assigned in works of an officer. Because that's what I'm trained to be. I earned about 564 dollars a month as an apprentice.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: Yes. Most of it. Especially those are taught during simulation classes about the rules of the road to avoid collision. I've used it to the maximum during duties where I am assigned to navigate the ship.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: I was already ensured for a job since when I was in first year college. I was chosen by a company.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Marine Transportation: Employment Opportunities. YES. Even you're not a scholar, the international maritime industry prefers Filipinos because our hard work on board their vessels. If not mistaken, 35,000 Filipinos every year are hired on board vessels of international registry.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: Don't just think of a course because it is where most of your friends are. Don't just think of going to John B. Lacson and take up BSMT just because rumors are overwhelming about us.
Do Think of a course you like or you will like but is practicable enough to make you someone you deserve in the future.

In here you don't need to be an Einstein. In BSMT you just need to be a normal person that has the passion for a maritime-related field of work.
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