The Course

The course on Marine Engineering offered by CSSM is known as “Alternate Training Scheme”. This is shortly known as ATS. The course is designed by International Maritime Organization (an apex organization to look after the interest of Marine Industry). IMO provided guidelines for the course through the model course 7.04 under STCW ’95 (Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping) Regulations. This internationally accepted model is adopted by member countries of the world with suitable modifications to meet their own industrial requirements. In India, Director General of Shipping has adopted the ATS course as per the guidelines of IMO. D.G. Shipping is the certifying body of Government of India, which approved CSSM to conduct ATS course. At present, CSSM is the only approved and certified Institution to conduct ATS course in India. Due to continuous shortage of marine engineers at the global level, member countries of IMO have deliberated at length the need for a short-term course to fill the demand-supply gap of marine engineers. Hence, this new course is introduced in all the countries throughout the World. ATS is split into three phases as follows:

Phase-1 (First year): 12 months training (residential) at CSSM
Phase-2 (Second year): 9 months training on-board ship as Trainee Marine Engineer,
arranged by CSSM.
Phase-3 (Third year): 11 months training (residential) at CSSM

On completion of ATS at CSSM, the candidates will have to appear for the M.O.T. Class-IV Part “A” examination in the following papers, conducted by D.G.Shipping, Government of India:

  1. Mathematics
  2. Marine Heat Engines
  3. Applied Mechanics
  4. Marine Engineering Drawing

After passing the above examination, the candidates will be issued Certificate of Competency (CoC) by D.G.Shipping. Based on this certificate, they will be designated as Junior Engineer to sail in the ship. Given the level of expertise available at CSSM, passing the above examination will be smooth sailing affair for the cadets.

The most important aspect ATS is that the cadets are sent for this ship-based training in the second year for 9 months after successful completion of first year training at CSSM. During this on-board training, the cadets possess hands on experience on board. Therefore, they have ready market acceptance after completion of the course. Through ATS, one can swiftly become Chief Engineer in a short period of 8 to 10 years.

Other Courses

CSSM presently conducts the following two short-term courses, approved by D.G.Shipping, Government of India.
  • Elementary First Aid (EFA) (2 days course)
  • Personal Safety & Social Responsibility (PSSR) (3 days course)
CSSM proposed to conduct the following two courses and these courses will commence based on the approval of D.G.Shipping:
  • Personal Survival Techniques (PST) (3 days course)
  • Fire Prevention & Fire Fighting (FPFF) (3 days course)
All the above four courses are mandatory as per STCW ’95 Regulations for any one aspiring for a career in Merchant Navy. CSSM cadets complete these four courses during the first year training as it is essential for joining the ship as an Engine Cadet in second year.

CSSM is planning to commence soon the familiarization courses (3-5 days duration) on-
  • Hydraulics
  • Refrigeration
Academic Team

CSSM owns an enviable academic team comprising veterans from the Maritime Industry. The faculty members train cadets on the trade to a larger extent with their accumulated skills and knowledge thus producing 100% result in Class-IV Part “A” exams, which the cadets have to write after passing out from CSSM, conducted by the D.G.Shipping.