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Tomasz Neumann

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Mentoring and the Transfer of Experiential Knowledge in Today's Merchant Fleet
1 London Offshore Consultants, Houston, Texas, USA
2 The Nautical Institute, London, United Kingdom
ABSTRACT: According to various statistics, the number of marine accidents is rising, and recent increases in the cost of P & I insurance cover provides further evidence that the cost of these accidents is also soaring. This paper establishes that a contributory factor to the increase in accidents is that experiential knowledge (knowledge gained from professional, ?on the job? experiences and reflected upon) is not being passed from senior to junior officers onboard many merchant vessels, in the traditional way that it used to be, by mentoring. Following worldwide research throughout the maritime community by questionnaire, and ethnographic research by the author, the paper will show what is considered to be the most significant lack of knowledge and causation of this lack of knowledge. It will offer some practical suggestions that may break down these barriers and re-establish the flow of experiential knowledge in the multi-national, multi-cultural merchant fleet of today.
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Citation note:
Le Goubin A.L.: Mentoring and the Transfer of Experiential Knowledge in Today's Merchant Fleet. TransNav, the International Journal on Marine Navigation and Safety of Sea Transportation, Vol. 4, No. 1, pp. 95-101, 2010

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