Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Maritime Affairs


Maritime Education & Training


Malmö, Sweden



First Advisor

Horck, Jan.


This dissertation is research into the Examinations and Certifications of seafarers in Brazil as related to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers 1978, (as amended). The author has attempted to analyze the existing system and propose ways and means to improve the training, examination and certification system taking into account international developments including new technology, methodologies and quality assurance system. An examination is made of management theories on quality and quality assurance. A discussion is made on all the steps necessary for successful implementation of a training, examination and certification system based on the revised STCW 78 Convention in Brazil. This includes analysis, initiating, preparing, documenting, training, examination, certification, monitoring and auditing. The importance of appropriate qualifications for examiners or assessors in maritime administration and the vital role of same in the successful implementation of a quality assurance system in a new examination and certification system is examined. A brief review is made of the maritime education, training, examination and certification system in certain developed countries, noting their advantages and disadvantages with a view to improving the Brazilian maritime examination and certification system in the future. There is a need not only for a supply of new seafarers onboard ships, but also a need for competent persons who meet the requirements of the revised STCW 78 Convention. In this regard, quality assurance is one of the most important factors for examination and certification for seafarers. A number of recommendations are made to improve and enhance the maritime examination and certification system for seafarers in Brazil