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    Hi all,
    As an aspiring deck cadet that is fully committed to having a future in the MN, I was wondering if there are any appropriate reading materials that I can get hold of that will help me. Ideally I would like to go to interviews armed with a mountain of pre-training knowledge, that will stand me apart from other potential cadets.
    I know there are the COLREGS that gets mentioned alot but where can I get hold of a copy.
    Also would a knowledge of ship types, sizes, DWT, GRT be helpful to me.
    Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks
    "Riches don't make a man rich, they only make him busier" Christopher Columbus

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    A copy of the COLREGs can be obtained from the MCA;

    MSN 1781 - which can currently be downloaded by clicking; http://www.dft.gov.uk/mca/msn_1781-2.pdf

    Also of note to other persons may be;

    MGN 369: Navigation: Navigation In Restricted Visibility
    http://www.dft.gov.uk/mca/mcga-mnoti...A453ADD3B92B65

    Although its probably not worth reading up on them for your interview :-)
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    • #3
      Thanks Alistair
      "Riches don't make a man rich, they only make him busier" Christopher Columbus

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      • #4
        Originally posted by alistairuk View Post
        MSN 1781 - which can currently be downloaded by clicking; http://www.dft.gov.uk/mca/msn_1781-2.pdf
        I wouldn't recommend using MSN 1781. It is out of date and does not contain the most recent amendments.

        http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Intern...lisions_at_Sea appears to be complete and correct, with a few formatting issues, but the usual wiki caution should apply.

        Although its probably not worth reading up on them for your interview :-)
        Seconded!

        Originally posted by Captain_on_the_Bridge View Post
        Ideally I would like to go to interviews armed with a mountain of pre-training knowledge, that will stand me apart from other potential cadets.
        Interviewers aren't looking for autodidacts. Having awesome transferable skills and a good appreciation of what the Merchant Navy is and does, and what life is like as a seafarer would be far more to your advantage than knowing too much stuff in advance that will be covered again (and again, and again) in cadet training.

        Also would a knowledge of ship types, sizes, DWT, GRT be helpful to me.
        Have a good general knowledge, don't memorise the Fairplay Register.


        And get a shorter username!

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        • #5
          Thanks Steve.
          "Riches don't make a man rich, they only make him busier" Christopher Columbus

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