Ships of 500 gross tonnage or more

Officers in charge of a navigational watch must:

  • Age: be not less than 18 years of age.
  • Seagoing service: have approved seagoing service of not less than one year as part of an approved training programme, including onboard training. This training must meet the requirements of section A-II/1 of the STCW Code and be documented in an approved training record book. Otherwise, the seafarer must have approved seagoing service of not less than 36 months.
  • Bridge watch-keeping duties: have performed, during the required seagoing service, bridge watch-keeping duties under the supervision of the master or a qualified officer for a period of not less than six months.
  • Radio duties: meet the applicable requirements of the regulations in chapter IV (GMDSS), as appropriate, for performing designated radio duties in accordance with the radio regulations.
  • Education and Training: have completed a period of approved education and training and meet the standard of competence specified in section A-II/1 of the STCW Code.

Ships of less than 500 gross tonnage

Officers in charge of a navigational watch must

For ships not engaged on near-coastal voyages:

  • Certificate: hold an appropriate certificate for ships of 500 gross tonnage or more.

For ships engaged on near coastal voyages:

  • Age: be not less than 18 years of age.
  • Seagoing service: have completed special training, including an appropriate period of seagoing service as required by the administration, or approved seagoing service in the deck department of not less than 36 months.
  • Radio duties: meet the applicable requirements of the regulations in chapter IV (GMDSS), as appropriate, for performing designated radio duties in accordance with the Radio Regulations.
  • Education & training: have completed a period of approved education and training and meet the standard of competence specified in section A-II/3 of the STCW Code for officers in charge of a navigational watch on ships of less than 500 gross tonnage engaged in near-coastal voyages.

Note: All navigational officers must now have thorough knowledge of and ability to use ECDIS.

Certificates and general requirements by rank: Officers forming part of a Navigational Watch

Name of Certificate Revalidation Reg.
National certificate of competence and endorsement Yes I/2, II/2, II/3 C/R
Flag state endorsement of recognition Yes I/10 E/R
GMDSS endorsement Yes IV/2 C/R
Basic safety training:

-Personal survival techniques

-Fire prevention and fire fighting

-Elementary first aid

-Personal safety and social responsibility

Achieved within previous five years VI/1 D/P
Medical first aid No VI/4 D/P
Survival craft and rescue boats Yes VI/2 D/P
Advanced fire fighting Yes VI/3 D/P
Medical fitness Yes I/9 C/R
Basic safety familiarization On assignment VI/1 T/O
Ship specific familiarization On assignment I/14 T/O
Security familiarization On assignment VI/6 T/O

 

C/R: Certificate Required

D/P: Documentary Proof

T/O: Training Onboard

E/R: Endorsement Required

Rating forming part of a navigational watch: Competency requirements

The below requirements apply only for service on ships of 500 gross tonnage or more. The rating must:

  • Age: be not less than 16 years of age.
  • Seagoing service: have completed approved seagoing service, including not less than six months' training and experience, or
  • Education & training: have received special training, either pre-sea or onboard ship, including an approved period of seagoing service which shall not be less than two months; and
  • Competence: meet the standard of competence specified in section A-II/4.

Certificates and general requirements by rank: Ratings forming part of a Navigational Watch

Name of Certificate Revalidation Reg.
National certificate of competence No I/2, II/4 C/R
Basic safety training:

-Personal survival techniques

-Fire prevention and fire fighting

-Elementary first aid

-Personal safety and social responsibility

Achieved within previous five years VI/1 D/P
Medical fitness Yes I/9 C/R
Basic safety familiarization On assignment VI/1 T/O
Ship specific familiarization On assignment I/14 T/O
Security familiarization On assignment VI/6 T/O

 

C/R: Certificate Required

D/P: Documentary Proof

T/O: Training Onboard

E/R: Endorsement Required