Master Mariners of Canada

Nautical Skills Competition

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What is the Nautical Skills Competition?


The Nautical Skills Competition, hosted by the Master Mariners of Canada (NL Division), in collaboration with the Marine Institute, is a series of challenging exercises designed not only to test knowledge and ability but also to develop leadership skills and confidence. Directed toward Nautical Science students only, this competition looks to promote the maritime sector, encourage team building and professionalism, and foster a culture of safety. By participating in the event, students will network with some of this region’s most experienced Mariners, interact with fellow cadets, and put their education to the test in a pursuit for top prize and their name on the Captain Jim Thorpe trophy.


What is the Master Mariners of Canada (CMMC)?


The Master Mariners of Canada (MMC) is a professional association for those qualified to command. It is a not-for-profit organization established to encourage and maintain high and honourable standards within the nautical profession, to further the efficiency of the Sea Service, and to uphold the status, dignity, and prestige of the marine profession.


Competition Rules:

Team participants will be randomly chosen and divided into teams with a mix of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd/4th year students. Teams will be publicly drawn at CMS @ 1000 on December 7th, 2017 and the team lists will be posted outside CMS and on the MMC website following the draw. It will be the responsibility of the students to locate and organize their team members. Each team will be required to compete in 5 different exercises, which comprise the following marine-related areas:


  1. Dynamic Positioning
  2. Seamanship
  3. Cargo/Ballast Control
  4. Shiphandling/Navigation
  5. Offshore Operations


Each exercise will be 45 minutes in duration. At the start of each exercise each team will be required to present a 1-2 minute Safety Moment (presentation, skit, song, poem, etc.) that illustrates to the judges how the team will incorporate safety into their exercise tasks. Extra marks will be awarded for creativity.


The day before the competition there will be a 3-hour briefing and review of the exercises and any equipment or simulators that will be used.


Preparation Material:


As some of the nautical skills may be new to some of the student participants (especially 1st year students), preparation material for each exercise will be provided approx. 3 weeks prior to the competition. This information will be directly related to the tasks that the participants would be expected to know and perform and will be available on the MMC (NL Division) website on Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018.



Trophy/Plaque: In memory of a cherished mate, Captain Jim Thorpe


Cash Awards: 1st Place – $1,000.00/student (Winning teams will be announced at the evening dinner)

                             2nd Place – TBD

                             3rd Place – TBD


Location: All competition activities will be held at the Marine Institute (Ridge Road campus)


Dates to remember:

  • December 1st, 2017 – Application deadline (1700)
  • December 7th, 2017 – Teams randomly chosen @ CMS and posted online
  • January 3rd, 2018 – Resource material available on the MMC (NL Division) website for review
  • January 12th, 2018 – Simulator(s) Familiarization (1700 – 1900)
  • January 19th, 2018 – Briefing of Competition Exercises (1800 – 2100)
  • January 20th,2018 – Competition Day (0800 – 1500)
  • January 20th, 2018 – Competition Dinner (1900 – 2230)




January 2018


Nautical Skills Competition 2018 Newsletter
NSC 2018 Schedule
Exercise Summaries 2018

December 2017

Nautical Skills Teams 2018

February 2017

Nautical Skills Competition (2017) News

January 2017



Nautical Skills Competition Teams 2017

Exercise Summaries 2017

Sponsors for 2017 Nautical Skills Competition


December 2016

2017 Nautical Skills Competition Information

2017 Nautical Skills Competition Application


January 2016

2016 Nautical Skills Competition Newsletter
2016 Exercise Instructions
Sponsors for 2016 Nautical Skills Competition


December 2015


2016 Nautical Skills Competition Information
2016 Nautical Skills Competition Application
Teams 2016 Nautical Skills Competition
Published on Nov 3, 2015


February 2015


2015 Nautical Skills Competition Newsletter


March 2014


2014 Nautical Skills Competition Newsletter


March 2013


2013 Nautical Skills Competition Video


2013 Nautical Skills Competition Newsletter


March 2012


2012 Nautical Skills Competition Newsletter

2016 Sponsor Poster