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Sea Service Requirements – Merchant Navy

Contents

General Information
Sea Service Definitions
Acceptable Proof of Sea Service

Marine Engine Operators Licence (MEOL)
Senior Marine Engine Operators Licence (SMEOL)
STCW Reg III/1 - Engineer Officer of the Watch (EOOW) Seam or Motor
STCW Reg III/1 - Engineer Officer of the Watch (EOOW) Combined
STCW Reg III/2 - Second Engineer Steam or Motor
STCW Reg III/2 - Second Engineer Combined
STCW Reg III/2 - Chief Engineer Steam or Motor
STCW Reg III/2 - Chief Engineer Combined
Limited Certificates

Application form MSF 4275
List of Fees

General Information

The information in this guide has been extracted from Marine Guidance Note (MGN) 93 - and is a sea time guide only.  Please ensure that you are familiar with the training and certification guidance literature before making an application to the MCA for a Notice of Eligibility (NOE) or Certificate of Competency (CoC).

Sea Service Definitions

Qualifying sea service means service under crew agreement as engineer officer on regular watch, on Unmanned Machinery Spaces (UMS) duties, or on day work and is calculated from day of joining to, and including, the day of signing off the vessel. The period of sea service required for certification varies with the level of certification.

Day Work

Engineering work carried out at sea, other than that performed on regular watch, will be counted in full towards the overall minimum sea service required.  However, this time cannot be counted towards watchkeeping service.

Watchkeeping/UMS duties

Where watchkeeping service is required, this means that the cadet/rating carried out watchkeeping duties (under supervision of a certifiedengineer officer) for not less than 8 hours out of every 24 hour period.  Where the vessel is operating a UMS system, it is expected that a 24 hr duty period is carried out in every 72 hour period i.e. "one in three" duty rota.

Where watchkeeping service is required for subsequent certificates, this means that an officer is in full charge of an engineering watch for not less than 8 hours out of every 24 hour period.  Where the vessel is operating a UMS system, it is expected that a 24 hr duty period is carried out in every 72 hour period i.e. "one in three" duty rota.

Acceptable proof of sea service

All sea service testimonials, discharge books and certificates of discharge must be signed by the Chief Engineer or Engineering Superintendant.

For a sea service testimonial pro forma please see MGN 91 Appendix 1D
For a pro forma of a certificate of discharge please see MGN 123 Appendix 1

Marine Engine Operator Licence (MEOL)

24 months sea service in ships of not less than 200kW registered power and training in basic engineering skills to the satisfaction of the MCA; or

2 years shore employment with an engineering background acceptable to the MCA and 3 months qualifying sea service as a trainee marine operator on ships of not less than 200kW registered power; or

an approved structured training programme.

Senior Marine Engine Operator Licence (SMEOL)

6 months qualifying sea service as a Marine Engine Operator on ships not less than 200kW registered power, whilst holding an MEOL.

Engineer Officer of the Watch – Steam or Motor

6 months (4 months of which are on watchkeeping or UMS duties on motor/steam ships) on ships of 350kW or more whilst on main propulsion machinery or UMS duties.

Engineer Officer of the Watch – Combined

8 months (4 months on steam and 4 months on motor watchkeeping or UMS duties) on ships of 350kW or more whilst on main propulsion machinery or UMS duties.

Second Engineer Unlimited – Steam or Motor

18 months (9 months of which are in charge of a watch or UMS duties on motor/steam ships) on ships of 750kW or more and while qualified as III/I Engineer Officer of the Watch.

Second Engineer - Combined

18 months (9 months steam and 9 months motor of which are in charge of a watch or UMS duties) on ships of 750kW or more and while qualified as III/I Engineer Officer of the Watch.

Chief Engineer Unlimited – Steam or Motor

18 months on ships of 1500kW or more(9 months of which are in charge of a watch or UMS duties on motor/steam ships of 3000kW or more) and while qualified as III/2 Second Engineer.

Chief Engineer – Combined

18 months (9 months steam and 9 months motor of which are in charge of watch or UMS duties on ships of 3000kW or more) and while qualified as III/2 Second Engineer.

Limited Certificates of competency

Second Engineer <3,000kW Unlimited, <6,000kW near coastal
Chief Engineer <3,000kW Unlimited*

* This certificate may be endorsed for service on vessels under 6,000kW

Please see MIN 251