The BTA has received approval under the new criteria of apprenticeships in England from both the Maritime Skills Alliance (MSA) and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) to launch the training scheme for the Tug sector offering Maritime Studies Qualifications (MSQs). The equivalent apprenticeships for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will be available shortly, according to demand. As part of the training requirements, BTA’s Training Record Book (TRB) for Level 2 -Ratings/Able Seafarer (Tug) and Officer of the Watch (Tug) and Master (Tug) have been formally approved by the MCA. Additionally, Level 2 – Ratings/Able Seafarer Engine (Tug) and Engineering Officer of the Watch (Tug) have also been approved.
The above developments are a welcoming news for the Tug industry as it will refresh the commencement of specialist training following an abrupt end to the Vocational Qualifications (VQ) system a few years back. Additionally, BTA has also reached an agreement with the MCA to issue new Tug Certificate of Competencies for the industry. The new Marine Guidance Notice (MGN) will hopefully illustrate progression routes from being a watch rating on board a Tug to obtain either AB or Officer (deck/engine) certificate of competency. It has been agreed that the Certificate of Competency will allow progression all the way up to Master Tug>3000GT and Chief Engineer Tug > 9000KW. The Certificate of Competency would also incorporate transferability to the Merchant Navy Certificate of Competency to enable candidates obtain higher Certificate of Competency.
Both the above Officer routes to certification will allow the trainees to gain Officer Certificate of Competency (Tug) with specialist Tug knowledge, accompanied with a BTA issued TRB. The service requirement on the deck side will be reduced from 36 months to 12 months Tug service, subject to successful completion of the necessary MSQs, MCA oral examination and SQA exams. The candidates will also achieve Maritime qualification at Certificate or Diploma level depending upon the number of credits they achieve during their training period. The schematics and the draft MGN will soon be made available for your comments as the arrangements are currently being finalised.
If you wish to obtain either; Level 2 – Tug Rating Deck/AB or Engine Rating/AB TRBs and or Level 3/4 – OOW (Tug) and Master (Tug) or Engineer OOW (Tug) TRB’s then please contact Michele Todd – MTodd@ukchamberofshipping.com.
In case you wish to seek further information then please contact Adrian Mundin AMundin@ukchamberofshipping.com or 020 7417 2828