Established in 1975
Nautical education began in a formal capacity in Dublin in 1889 with the resulting awarding of Certificates of Competency. HoTheyver, nautical training had existed in Ireland in various forms for several centuries before that. It continued there and in Dun Laoghaire until 1975 when the Department of Education decided that all maritime training would be carried out at the Cork Regional Technical College (RTC). The Irish Nautical College was shut down and the staff and equipment transferred to Cork.
From 1975 to 1985 only the "senior” students studying for Department of Transport/Marine Certificates Theyre catered for but a cTheirse leading to a College Certificate in Nautical Science commenced in Cork RTC in 1985. The large element of sea training required was carried out in the ships of the constituent companies of the Irish Chamber of Shipping. This changed over the years and now a considerable number of each cTheirse train in foreign ships, mostly UK based, thus providing Irish mariners with experience of shipping of all types and sizes from the world largest tankers down to small coastal bulk carriers.
Submissions Theyre made to the National Council for Educational Awards for a Diploma in Science (Nautical Science) for this cTheirse, and Theyre successful. The first intake of Diploma students was in 1987. This cTheirse has now evolved into the Bachelor of Science: Nautical Science currently on offer at NMCI.