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New MCA certificate of competency for workboats over 24m

WorkboatThe MCA has acknowledged the increasing number of workboats over 24m in load line length by introducing new STCW certificates of competency (CoCs) which will allow deck and engineer officers to work on these vessels without having to hold full merchant navy unlimited certificates.

The new MCA Master (Workboats Less Than 500GT) CoC was introduced in 2013 - details are contained in the M-Notice MGN 496. The Master 500GT CoC builds on the MCA Master 200GT (Code Vessels Less Than 200GT) and the different progression routes are illustrated on the diagram inside this guide.

Candidates meeting the requirements will be issued with a STCW CoC limited to service in workboats of 500GT or less, with an unlimited area of operation. This will be based on the certification requirements for large yachts detailed in MSN 1858.

Manning scales

The following manning scales apply to workboats over 24m and less than 500GT. 

Workboats manning scales
Area
Miles from safe haven 
Rank Vessel
Less than 500GT 
Up to 60nm  Master
Chief mate 
Master Workboats < 500GT
Coastal Skipper 
Up to 150nm  Master
Chief mate 
Master Workboats < 500GT 
Over 150nm  Master
Chief mate
OOW 
Master Workboats < 500GT
Master Code Vessel less than 200GT
Yachmaster Offshore 

Where appropriate, dual deck and assistant engineer roles may be considered, provided that the officer is suitably qualified in both disciplines and that the person holding the dual role is a person other than a Master.

Engineering qualifications for workboats over 24m

There will also be changes to the engineering qualification. The corresponding M-Notice hasn’t yet been issued, however this is an indication of how the new STCW certification structure will look:

  • The small vessel engineering qualification will be a new combined certification structure for engineer officers wanting to work on tugs, large workboats, standby, seismic survey, oceanographic research vessels government patrol vessels, fishing vessels, or commercial yachts.

The route for certification is structured to provide a progressive career path for those in the industry to achieve small vessel engineer qualifications and will provide three certification levels:

  • Second Engineer Less than 9,000 kW, Less than 3000 GT,
  • Chief Engineer Less than 3,000 kW, less than 500 GT/ Second Engineer less than 9,000 kW, less than 3,000 GT, and
  • Chief Engineer Less than 9,000 kW, Less than 3,000 GT.

 

Workboats engineering specs
CoC Area limitation Power limitation and
tonnage limitation 
Vessel limitation STCW Convention
regulation 
Second engineer  Unlimited  Less than 9,000 kW and
Less than 3,000GT 
Fishing vessels, yachts, tugs, large workboats, standby, seismic survey, oceanographic research vessels and government patrol vessels.  III/2 



Chief Engineer  



Unlimited  
Chief Engineer less than 3,000 kW and less than 500GT  Fishing vessels, yachts, tugs, large workboats, standby, sesmic survey, oceanographic research vessels and government patrol vessels.  III/3 
Second engineer less than 9,000 kW and less than 3,000GT  Fishing vessels, yachts, tugs, large workboats, standby, seismic survey, oceanographic research vessels and government patrol vessels.  III/2 
Chief Engineer Unlimited Less than 9,000 kW and
Less than 3,000GT
Fishing vessels, yachts, tugs, large workboats, standby, seismic survey, oceanographic research vessels and government patrol vessels. III/2

 

MIN 524 containing all MCA/SQA exam schedules has been published by the MCA.