I. Basterretxea, I. Alcedo, I. Sotés Cedrón

Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea (SPAIN)
The High Technical School of Nautical Sciences and Marine Engines of Bilbao has included curricular work experience placements as part of the new Degrees on offer. These placements are to be carried out wholly during the spring semester of the fourth/final year and are equivalent to a package of thirty credits under the European Credit and Transfer System. Placements may be carried out either in an inland company or on board a vessel, depending on the specialization chosen by the student. In case of the sea service, the work of the student has to be monitored both by the tutor on board a vessel and by the tutor in the School. This is easy in the case of students working in a company on land but becomes more difficult when the students are sailing. The aim of this paper is to provide the tutor in the School with enough tools to monitor the work of the student on board a vessel. In addition, it intends to show how to overcome some difficulties such as the barriers in communications between a vessel in high waters and the School on land.