In line with our vision to build an enduring and globally renowned frontline organisation that thrives on value creation for stakeholders in the Maritime Industry, Starzs Investments Company Limited has put together a robust Cadet Training Scheme. The Starzs Cadet Training Scheme (SCTS) offers an adventurous lifestyle, packed with exciting career prospects, in a dynamic and growing company. It provides young cadets with zero sea time experience with comprehensive grounding for their work at sea, and for professional life within Starzs and beyond. Cadets will gain theoretical and practical insight into many different areas of vessel operations, including maritime technology, navigation, engineering, safety, leadership and management.

Additionally, to succeed in a seagoing career, cadets will need to combine technical skills with a range of personal qualities therefore; the SCTS has been designed in a way to train cadets on Starzs core values of Safety, Reliability, Integrity, Professionalism, Innovation, Value-Creation and Respect for the Individual. The program has been structured in a motivating atmosphere to advance their professional development and personal growth thereby making them our brand advocates, brand champions and brand ambassadors. It is our ultimate desire that our cadets will aspire to reach the ranks of Captain, Chief Engineer or Chief Electro-Technical Officer aboard our vessels.

Cadetship Training Offered

Under the Captain’s direct management, the deck department is responsible for the safe navigation and operation of the vessel, both at sea and in port. While the safety of the vessel and everyone on board is the prime responsibility, all deck operations and maintenance are also managed by the team. Deck officers are a vital part of the on-board management team, taking charge of an expensive vessel and its equally valuable crew and passengers when applicable.

Deck officers maintain watches on the bridge at sea and about the ship in port. They are responsible for passage planning, the safe navigation of the vessel, cargo loading and discharge, ship stability, communications and the maintenance of the hull and deck equipment. The ship’s Captain, or Master, is in overall command with ultimate responsibility for the safety of the crew, vessel, cargo and environment. Only navigation officers can be promoted to the rank of Master.

In our cadetship scheme, a deck cadet joins the company to gain sea time for a period of one year, followed by stipulated exams. Thereafter the cadet is employed as a trainee second officer. After writing and passing the I Mate exams, the cadet rises to become the chief officer and with a further Master’s exam, he becomes the ship Captain. Below is a diagrammatic expression of the Career progression of the Deck CADETS.

Career Progression Flowchart of Deck Cadets
OND / HND in Nautical Science
Onboard Training as Deck CADET (12 Months sea time)
II Mates Exams
Gets Employed As 2nd Officer
I Mate Exams
Promoted to Chief Officer
Masters Exam
Can Be Promoted to Captain

The engineering department is responsible for the safety, performance and efficiency of the vessel’s machinery. It is their job to maintain the mechanical and electrical operations, ensure that robust maintenance schedules are implemented and troubleshoot problems efficiently. Marine engineering officers are responsible for the maintenance and operation of the ship’s main propulsion machinery and auxiliary plant, including deck machinery, air conditioning plants, refrigeration plants and domestic and electrical services. Depending on the type of ship and the operational circumstances, engineering officers will be required to keep watches in the ship’s engine room. The Chief Engineer is in charge of the department and is responsible to the ship’s Master for its efficient operation.

In our cadetship scheme, an engine cadet joins the company to gain sea time for a period dependant on his qualification as stipulated by NIMASA. This is then followed by the required OOW class III exams. Upon successful completion of the exam, the Cadet joins the company as a third engineer depending on the vessel. After the required sea time and OOW class II examinations, he is promoted to second engineer. This process continues until he eventually becomes the chief engineer. Below is a diagrammatic expression of the Career progression of the Engine CADETS.

Career Progression Flowchart of Engine Cadets
B.Tech/HND in Marine Engineering
Class III Exams
Third Engineer
Class II Exams
Second Engineer
Chief Engineer Exam
Can Be Promoted To Chief Engineer

These specialist officers work within the engineering department where they take particular responsibility for the maintenance of on-board control engineering and electronic systems including propulsion control, radio communications and electronic navigation aids. With the increased use of modern technologies at sea, demand for METOs is rapidly growing to manage and maintain the sophisticated range of electrical, electronic and engineering equipment at sea. METOs will have the opportunity to develop their careers along a professional electrical and electronic engineering pathway, leading to the rank of Chief Electro-Technical Officer or Electrical Superintendent.

Career Progression Flowchart of Electro Technical Cadets
B.Tech/B.Sc./HND in Marine or Electrical Engineering
Onboard training as Electro-Technical CADET
Writes ETO Operational Level Exam
Promoted to ETO Operational Level
Writes ETO Management Level Exam
Can Be Promoted to Chief Electro-Technical Officer