Date of Award
Master of Science in Maritime Affairs
Maritime Education & Training
This paper deals with a proposal for the further improvement of fire fighting training at the Regional Academy of Maritime Science and Technology (RAMST) in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire. On board merchant marine ships, fire has always been and is still a serious danger for passengers, crew, cargo and vessel. Most of the time, the consequences are tragic: loss of human life, loss of property and productivity. The lack of training of the crew in fire fighting is very often one of the significant factors pointed out during investigations which follow such accidents. Therefore more attention should be paid to the training of the crew. To compensate for the lack of training due to the lack of facilities and equipment up to 1907 at the RAMST at Abidjan, some refresher courses are essential for the former graduates from the academy. These courses will offer a suitable and adequate means for the acquisition of new knowledge and skills which will contribute to improving safety standards and efficiency on the job. I also believe that this paper may provide valuable information and guidelines for the instructors in charge of the fire fighting department.