Minimum Requirements for Seafarers

Seafarers are required to hold specialist maritime certification to work at sea. We have provided a Help Guide below outlining the role of each rank on-board and the minimum entry requirements.

For more information about careers in the Merchant Navy visit www.careersatsea.org Information relating to CEC’s, Discharge Books and other helpful guides can be found on the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) website.

Masters / Captains / Deck Officers

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. Their duties are navigational at sea, whilst in ports they are 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.

Certification requirements (all must be valid):

  • Certificate of Competency or Certificate of Equivalent Competency – specified to rank and flag of vessel
  • GMDSS (Global Maritime Distress Safety System)
  • Designated Security Duties training
  • ENG1 or equivalent Medical
  • First Aid at Sea or Medical First Aid
  • Advanced Fire Fighting
  • CPSC & RB (Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats)
  • STCW Personal Survival Techniques
  • STCW Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities
  • STCW Elementary First Aid
  • STCW Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting
View current job vacancies for Masters / Captains / Deck Officers

 

 

Engineering Officers

Marine Engineers ensure the smooth and efficient operation of the ship’s mechanical and electrical equipment on-board, 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 on-board be it electrical, mechanical, pneumatic or hydraulic. They supervise the work of the engine room and are assisted by a team of engineers including the Second Engineering Officer, Third Engineer, Junior Engineer and Trainee Engineering Officer.

Certification requirements (all must be valid):

  • Certificate of Competency or Certificate of Equivalent Competency – specified to rank and flag of vessel
  • ENG1 or equivalent Medical
  • First Aid at Sea or Medical First Aid
  • Advanced Fire Fighting
  • CPSC & RB (Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats)
  • STCW Personal Survival Techniques
  • STCW Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities
  • STCW Elementary First Aid
  • STCW Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting
  • Designated Security Duties training
View current job vacancies for Engineering Officers

 

 

Electro-Technical Officer / ETO

Electro-Technical Officers (ETOs) are responsible for the maintenance and testing of all electrical equipment on-board ships, including engine room, bridge systems, refrigeration, and passenger areas. ETO’s play a particularly important role when working on cruise ships where they are required to manage all electrical equipment of the ship and passenger areas.

Certification requirements (all must be valid):

  • An electrical qualification, such as City and Guilds or a formal Merchant Navy training course – HND Electrical Technical Officer. However from 2017 it will be essential for all ETO’s to hold an ETO CoC – please review the MCA website for further information.
  • STCW Personal Survival Techniques
  • STCW Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities
  • STCW Elementary First Aid
  • STCW Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting
  • Designated Security Duties training
  • ENG1 or equivalent Medical
View current job vacancies for Electro-Technical Officers / ETOs

 

 

Deck Rating / Able Seaman AB / Efficient Deckhand EDH

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.

Certification requirements (all must be valid):

  • Efficient Deck Hand (EDH) or Able Seaman certificate
  • STCW Personal Survival Techniques
  • STCW Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities
  • STCW Elementary First Aid
  • STCW Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting
  • ENG1 or equivalent Medical
  • Security Awareness Training (Designated Security Duties training may be required by certain companies)
  • Navigational Watch Rating Certificate
  • CPSC & RB (Certificate of Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats) or CPSC (Certificate of Proficiency in Survival Craft) or Lifeboatman.
View current job vacancies for Deck Rating / Able Seaman AB / Efficient Deckhand EDH

 

 

Engine Rating / Motormen / Fitter / GP1

Motormen are responsible for day to day cleaning, repair and routine maintenance of the engine room on-board the ship.

Certification requirements (all must be valid):

  • Engine Room Watch Rating Certificate
  • ENG1 or equivalent medical
  • STCW Personal Survival Techniques
  • STCW Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities
  • STCW Elementary First Aid
  • STCW Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting
View current job vacancies for Engine Ratings / Motormen / GP1

 

 

Stewards / Pursers

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 / On-board Services Manager who is in charge of the Cooks and Stewards.

Certification requirements (all must be valid):

  • STCW Personal Survival Techniques
  • STCW Fire prevention and Fire Fighting
  • STCW Elementary First Aid
  • STCW Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities
  • Security Awareness Training (Designated Security Duties training may be required by certain companies)
  • Crowd Management is sometimes required for larger vessels
  • ENG1 or equivalent medical
View current job vacancies for Stewards / Pursers

 

 

Cooks

Cooks are responsible for preparing all meals for the crew and passengers on board the ship.

Certification requirements (all must be valid):

  • Cook’s Certificate of Competency or Ship’s Cook part 1 and part 2
  • Food Hygiene (is requested by some Companies but not a minimum requirement)
  • STCW Personal Survival Techniques
  • STCW Fire prevention and Fire Fighting
  • STCW Elementary First Aid
  • STCW Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities
  • Security Awareness Training (Designated Security Duties training may be required by certain companies)
  • Crowd Management can be requested from bigger vessels but isn’t a minimum requirement.
  • Medical Care sometimes required
  • ENG1 or equivalent medical
View current job vacancies for Cooks

 

 

Superyacht Crew

Most Merchant Navy certification is relevant for working within the Superyacht industry. However additional qualifications are required in certain ranks. For further details please Contact Us.

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