Minimum Requirements

What are the requirments?

We have outlined some useful information on how to work at sea in each type of role. Seafarers are required to hold specialised certification to work at sea and we have outlined these minimum entry requirements and have provided helpful links to marine training organisations. Click on a link below to reveal the answer to each question.

Master / Deck Officers

Role:Master Mariners and Deck Officers are responsible for the navigation of the ship, the loading/discharge of cargo, voyage planning, radio communication, environmental issues, health and safety issues, administration duties and the control/safety of the crew and passengers. Masters, also known as Captains, are in overall command of the ship and are responsible for the safety, efficiency and commercial feasibility of the ship. His/her duties are navigational at sea, whilst in ports he is responsible for cargo operations. Working under the Master is the Chief Officer (Chief Mate), Second Officer (2nd Mate), Third Officer (3rd Mate) and Trainee Officer.Qualifications / Skills Required: Deck Officers are required to undertake Merchant Navy training involving college time and sea time to work towards an Officer of the Watch Certificate of Competence (CoC). They also require to complete STCW 95 basic safety training courses, covering personal survival techniques, fire prevention and fire fighting, elementary first aid and personal safety and social responsibilities and hold seafarer's medical certificate. Additionally, they require Medical First Aid, Advanced Fire Fighting and Designated Security Duties training.

Engineering Officers

Role:Marine Engineers ensure the smooth and efficient operation of the ship's mechanical and electrical equipment onboard, including carrying out repairs, inspections and maintenance programmes of propulsion systems, refrigeration machinery, desk machinery and passenger systems. They manage power, fuelling and distributions systems. The Chief Engineering Officer is in charge of the engineering department and is responsible for working of all equipment onboard be it electrical, mechanical, pneumatic or hydraulic. He/she supervises the work of the engine room and is assisted by a team of engineers including the Second Engineering Officer, Third Engineer, Junior Engineer and Trainee Engineering Officer.Qualifications / Skills Required: Engineering Officers are required to undertake training involving college time and sea time to work towards an Engineering Officer of the Watch Certificate of Competence. They also require to complete STCW 95 basic safety training courses, covering personal survival techniques, fire prevention and fire fighting, elementary first aid and personal safety and social responsibilities and hold seafarer's medical certificate. Additionally, they require Medical First Aid, Advanced Fire Fighting, Engine Room Resource Management, High Voltage and Designated Security Duties training.

Electro-Technical Officer (ETO) / Electrician

Role:ETO's are responsible for the maintenance and testing of all electrical equipment onboard the ship, including engine room, bridge systems, refrigeration, and passenger areas. ETO's play a particularly important role when working on all ships where he/she are required to manage all electrical equipment of the ship and passenger areas.Qualifications / Skills Required: Basic entry level candidates must hold an electrical qualification or a formal Merchant Navy training course - HND Electrical Technical Officer. They are also required to complete STCW 95 basic safety training courses, covering personal survival techniques, fire prevention and fire fighting, elementary first aid, Designated Security Duties training and personal safety and social responsibilities and hold seafarer's medical certificate. If you hold an electrical qualification and are interested in becoming an Electro-Techncial Officer we advise you first contact NIMASA to confirm that your qualification is valid.

Deck Ratings / Able Seaman AB / Efficient Deckhand EDH

Role:An Able Seaman or Efficient Deckhand work as an unlicensed member of the deck department. Deck ratings are responsible for cleaning, sweeping, chipping of rust, polishing, etc. They help in loading and unloading of cargo and in port they assist in the mooring of the ship as well as taking a watch at sea. They are also members of the emergency team, lifesaving, damage control, and safety equipment.Qualifications / Skills Required: The basic level is Efficient Deck Hand (EDH) which can lead on to an Able Seaman certificate. Candidates require the following to obtain an EDH certificate: 4 basic STCW 95 certificates (Personal Survival Techniques, Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting, Elementary First Aid, Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities), Seafarer's medical Certificate, Security Awareness Training (Designated Security Duties training may be required by certain companies) Navigational Watch Rating Certificate* and 4 basic STCW 95 certificates (Personal Survival Techniques, Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting, Elementary First Aid, Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities).

Engine Rating / Motorman / Fitter / GP1

Role:Motormen are responsible for day to day cleaning, repair and routine maintenance of the engine room onboard the ship.Qualifications / Skills Required: The basic level is Motorman, which can lead to a Fitter or GP1.Rating Certificate. Candidates require the following to work as a Motorman: 4 basic STCW 95 certificates (Personal Survival Techniques, Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting, Elementary First Aid, Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities),seafarer's medical certificate, Security Awareness Training (Designated Security Duties training may be required by certain companies) and Engine Room Watch Rating Certificate.* *Engine Room Watch Rating Certificate has to be approved by NIMASA. To obtain this certificate, candidates must have the 4 basic STCW 95 certificates and have completed either or at least 18 months approved sea going sea service in the Engine department, or special training and at least 2 months approved sea going service.

Stewards / Pursers / Onboard Catering Services / Cooks

Role:This department is responsible for serving food to the crew and passengers, cleaning accommodation and public areas and serving customers on passenger vessels. The department is headed by the Chief Purser who is in charge of the Cooks and Stewards.Qualifications / Skills Required: Candidates are required to undertake seafarer's medical, Security Awareness Training (Designated Security Duties training may be required by certain companies) and STCW 95 basic safety training consisting of the following courses: Personal survival techniques, Fire prevention and fire fighting, Elementary First Aid, Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities. The medical must be carried out by an NIMASA approved Doctor.

Cook

Role:Cooks are responsible for preparing all meals for the crew and passengers on board the ship. Qualifications / Skills Required: Cooks must hold a Certificate of Competency as Ship's Cook. In some cases a medical care onboard certificate is also required. Additionally they must hold seafarer's medical, Security Awareness Training (Designated Security Duties training may be required by certain companies) and STCW 95 basic safety training consisting of the following courses: Personal Survival Techniques, Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting, Elementary First Aid, Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities. The medical must be carried out by an approved Hospital.

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