Navigation Officers & Rating Courses

Chapter 2 of the STCW Code for Standards Regarding the Master and Deck Department (Certification) address the requirements for navigation officers and ratings.  STCW II/1 – 5 address the requirements as follows:

  1. Officers in Charge of a Navigational Watch on ships of 500 gross tonnage or more
  2. Masters and Chief Mates on ships of 500 gross tonnage or more
  3. Officers in Charge of a Navigational Watch and of Masters on ships of less than 500 gross tonnage, engaged on near-coastal voyages
  4. Ratings Forming Part of a Navigational Watch
  5. Ratings as Able Seafarer Deck

The responsibilities are broadly broken up into two categories:

Management Level:

  • The Master (Mariner Master or Captain), and
  • Chief Mate

Operations Level:

  • Officer in Charge of a Navigational Watch (OICNW) is an operational level endorsement for the other deck officers on a sea going ship, who are called the 2nd mate or the 3rd mate or 2nd officer or the 3rd officer.
  • There are various ranks of deck ratings called the Able Seaman or AB, the Able Seafarer Deck (AS-D or AB Deck) and they are qualified ratings at the deck department on ocean going vessels

Management Level Courses – Master/Chief Mate Unlimited Tonnage

Advanced Cargo Operations

This course is required for all 2nd Mates upgrading to Chief Mate/Master and covers the following areas of study

Advanced Meteorology & Ocean Science

The Advanced Meteorology & Ocean Science course is required for an individual to upgrade their license to Chief Mate/Master, applicable to vessels greater than 3000 gross tons.

Advanced Stability

This course is required for all 2nd Mates upgrading to Chief Mate/Master. The course provides – This course is required for all 2nd Mates upgrading to Chief Mate/Master. The course provides

Advanced Watchkeeping

This course is for junior officers upgrading to Chief Mate/Master. The course provides instructions designed to provide experienced Deck Officers with advanced training and understanding

Advanced Ship Handling

This course, offered as two stand-along modules, is required for all 2nd Mates upgrading to Chief Mate/Master. Both modules must be completed successfully before a STCW compliant

Marine Propulsion Plants

This course is required for all 2nd Mates upgrading to Chief Mate/Master. The Marine propulsion Plants course is designed to give the attendee an understanding of the operation of remote controls

Operations Level Courses

Officer in Charge of Navigational Watch (OICNW-2)

This program will prepare the candidate for his/her Cadetship to obtain the sea service component and eventually qualify as a Deck Officer and sail as a third/second mate on a deep-sea vessel

Able Seaman (AB01)

This course trains candidates involved in navigation at the support level. To prepare for this role, they will – learn to keep a proper look-out by sight and hearing

Lifeboatman (LB01) and Lifeboatman Limited (LB02)

Competent to operate life-saving appliances and take charge of survival craft or a rescue boat during or after launch