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Tuesday, 28 November 2017 14:03

Replacement Certificates

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Certificates can be replaced however there is an administration fee for this of £10.00 per certificate. These will then only be posted to the certificate holders’ address. We cannot give them to a third party. We recommend that you keep your certificates in a safe place and never give your original certificates to anyone. Make copies if required. Contact us to order replacement Certificate or for further details.   

PLEASE NOTE - The MCA are currently issuing Deck Notice of Eligibilities (NOEs) 6 weeks from the date the application is received. If you need your application to be expedited, please request your company or nautical college email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and explain the reason and time scale you require your NOE to be issued by.

MIN 524 (M+F) has been issued today. It sets out and explains the regulatory requirements regarding the implementation of training elements applicable under Chapter III and Article IX of the STCW Convention and Code. It outlines the certification structure and examination and training requirements for engineer officers wanting to work Fishing Vessels, Yachts, Tugs, Workboats, Standby, Seismic Survey, Oceanographic Research and Government Patrol Vessels.

The route for certification is structured to provide a progressive career path for those in the industry to acheive Small Vessel engineer qualifications.

MSN 1859 and the Interim Tug Guidance will run parallel with this MIN until 1st July 2021. This will allow those with Engineering Yacht or Tug Certificates of Competency to complete their training or convert to a Small Vessel Certificate of Competancy. You will still be able to revalidate existing Engineering Yacht or Tug restricted Certificates of Competancy after this date.


Friday, 22 April 2016 13:38

Helping to keep Mariners safe for 25 years

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Hazel Bennett is celebrating 25 years with Plymouth-based Western Maritime Training Ltd, running a wide range of licensed courses for the modern maritime industry.

As training manager, Hazel has seen vast changes within the industry and its training provision, from the early days of only using paper charts through to today's high-tech bridge simulators.

Hazel said: "The industry has changed completely since I started. Levels of professionalism and safety on board boats have risen and hopefully my role has contributed to that.

"It is an industry that is a lot more highly regulated nowadays and more professional because of it. Everyone needs to be certificated for tasks on board that they would not have needed to be in previous years."

She added: "The new generation of fishermen have become very safety conscious.

"As well as the regulated mandatory qualifications there are also voluntary training programmes schemes, which a lot of fishermen have taken up. This is great because it has helped raise standards and safety awareness.

"It is not a business you can make a lot of money out of but that's not the point. We are here to help people access safety training and make the whole point of being at sea safer."

Travel the length and breadth of Devon and Cornwall and you'll find several generations of seafarers who Hazel has organised training for including fishermen, workboat crews, ferry crews and merchant navy crew.

She has also been instrumental in managing several large projects over the years.

Since she started she has won £42,000 worth of funding from the Training and Enterprise Council to produce a safety video 'Fighting The Odds'.

The video, which follows a disaster on board a fishing vessel, is still being used today across the world to train in sea safety.

In addition, nearly half a million pounds was awarded to Western Maritime Training Ltd to help Skippers' qualifications for the whole of the South West. After that more funds to train marine engineers in Newlyn were received.

Hazel is also continuously fighting for funding to help support those in the maritime industry get the additional training they need.

With most of those working in the industry being self-employed, giving up time valuable for extra training not only costs money but also results in no wage by not being at sea.

Hazel, one of two directors of Western Maritime Training Ltd, says that looking back over the last 25 years working in what is essentially a male-dominated environment has been plain sailing.

She added: "I've been doing it for so long now I don't really notice, so for me it's been great. The people are easy to work with and it's a very professional environment because at the end of the day, their training could save lives.

"Each year has brought a difference challenge. It is quite dynamic and people orientated and I have followed people right throughout their careers, from their first jobs at sea to becoming officers in merchant navy. And I hope to help many more in the future."

Western Maritime Training Ltd provides an extensive range of courses at all levels across the maritime industry and new courses are planned for later this year.

Training is provided at its base in Crownhill Fort using the company's £600,000, 270 degree bridge simulator.

This enables students to take 'control' of any type of vessel located anywhere in the world in all kinds of weather conditions and under a range of scenarios.


Wednesday, 29 January 2014 21:38

JW Slater Scholarship for ratings

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The Marine Society is dedicated to professionally developing seafarers, helping them to learn new skills, gain accredited qualifications and realise their full potential. The charity offers financial assistance including scholarships to seafarers to support their professional development at all levels.

On behalf of Nautilus International, The Marine Society administers the John William Slater Scholarship for ratings (deck or engine room) aspiring to their first officer of the watch certificate of competency and assists electro technical officers and yacht crew to gain STCW 2010 certification.  If you would like to apply for these courses and you are not supported by a shipping company, or you are self or part funding your studies you may be able to apply for this scholarship worth up to £17,000.

For more information visit:

Tuesday, 10 June 2014 21:33

STCW 2010 (Manila Amendments)

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What is changing?

The STCW Convention 1978 has been amended by the 2010 Manila Amendments and contains new requirements for all seafarers. Seafarers revalidating their Certificates of Competency (CoC) will be required to submit additional evidence to ensure their Certificate is valid for service on certain types of ships after 31 December 2016.

The 2010 Manila Amendments to the STCW Code bring in the requirement for Deck Officers working onboard ships fitted with an Electronic Chart Display Information System (ECDIS) to undergo specific education and training. As of 1 January 2012 seafarers requiring revalidation of UK CoCs issued in compliance with STCW Regulation II/1, II/2 and II/3 (maintain a safe navigational watch; use of ECDIS to maintain safety of navigation; and maintain the safety of navigation through the use of ECDIS and associated navigation systems to assist command decision making) need to comply with the new STCW requirements to ensure their CoC remains valid on ships fitted with ECDIS after 31 December 2016.

For the revalidation of UK CoC valid after 31 December 2016, the seafarer must have completed one of the following: 1. MCA approved Navigation Radar and ARPA Simulator (NARAS)/ Navigation Aids and Equipment and Simulator Training (NAEST) (Operational Level) course completed on or after 1January 2005; or 2. MCA approved NARAS/ NAEST (management level) course completed on or after 1 January 2005; or 3. MCA approved ECDIS course completed on or after 1 January 2005; or  An ECDIS simulator training course in compliance with the current IMO Model Course 1.27 and accepted by the MCA for the purpose of CoC revalidation only.

Western Training Provides NARAS, NAEST and ECDIS courses.

For further information please read MIN 494

Tuesday, 23 June 2015 21:09

A change to ECDIS requirements by the MCA

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A change to the UK MCA’s ECDIS training requirements has now been published. MIN 503 “Training for ECDIS as Primary Means of Navigation”, replaces MIN 442 and keeps the same generic training requirements but alters the Equipment/Type Specific training requirements.

The relevant section reads: 3.1

ECDIS ship specific equipment training for Deck Officers must relate to the make and model of the equipment fitted onboard the ship which they are currently serving. The decision on how to deliver ship specific training is now the responsibility of the ship owner or operator. They must take into account their responsibilities in accordance with ISM code (specifically sections 6.3 and 6.5) and also the STCW convention, Regulation I/14 – 5.

MIN_503 – ecdis

Published 21 April 2015 by Maritime Coastguard Agency

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