On board ship in cramped quarters, life would be intolerable without order, method and neatness. Having everything ship shape has for centuries been one of the first principles of merchant navy. To consolidate these precepts cadets are guided by standing order which they are expected to master.


Habit. From the moment a man joins Merchant Navy he is taught the habit of obedience. Discipline demands the intelligent and quick-witted understanding of orders and the intelligent anticipation of what will be required. In other words, the carrying out of orders in the spirit as well as in letter. To achieve this, a man must know his own job thoroughly and also the jobs of those around him.

When the discipline is good, a ship is happy and her crew gets along happily together.

Although good discipline ensures that men will normally do the right thing instinctively, some rules are necessary to protect the efficiency and well-being of a ship from the weakness, ignorance or bad leadership of individuals. These standing orders are enforced by a code of sanctions which may be regarded as a prop to discipline.


Willful and deliberate disobedience of lawful orders given by a superior is a serious breach of discipline and may be punished by dismissal.
If an order is not understood, clarification of the order must be sought immediately so that the order can be carried out.
If you find that you are unable at any time to carry out an order, instruction or discretion (including not being able to attend musters. Lectures, etc.) you must inform the person(s) giving the order or the Chief Cadets Cadet (CCC) immediately.

Cadets must always conduct themselves as becomes of an officer and a gentleman.
Any cadet found guilty of an offence such as lying, cheating, stealing, drug addiction, fraud, deliberate false muster or any other offence indication moral turpitude would be indicating an unfitness to meet the qualifications of a Certificated Officer in the Merchant Navy and would be subject to dismissal from the Academy.