The previous routes to certification for engineers in tugs were lost when NVQs were abolished by the Government several years ago . This position has now been finally remedied by the MCA with the issue of MIN 524 (M+F) Engineer Officer Small Vessel Certificate of Competency.
The MIN describes new routes which are common across a range of small vessels, includings tugs, fishing vessels, work boats, patrol boats and large yachts. Training consists of college based study, sea time, workshop experience, STCW short course and MCA examinations, both written and oral. The following Certificates of Competency, issued under the Article IX of STCW, are available:
- Second Engineer Officer; less than 9000 kW, less than 3000 GT, unlimited area
- Chief Engineer Officer; less than 3000 kW, less than 500 GT, unlimited area
- Chief Engineer Officer; less than 9000 kW, less than 3000 GT, unlimited area
Development of the new routes was carried out by a group led by the BTA and included the MCA, several other small vessel association and training providers. The objective was to produce generic certificates to replace the previous sector specific qualifications, which would then allow sideways movement across the industry. Syllabuses for the previously qualifications were reviewed and updated. Where necessary, gaps in training were filled with the development of new Maritime Skills Qualifications (MSQs). Training at sea is be underpinned with a training record book (TRB) which was developed from the BTA’s Tug Engineer TRB.
The qualifications will be available from September 2016. Details are set out in the following: