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The MCA Small Vessel Engineering Certificates of Competency are for Engineers operating on Fishing Vessels, Yachts, Tugs, Workboats, Standby, Seismic Survey, Oceanographic Research and Government Patrol Vessels. Small Vessels in this case are defined as being under 3,000 GT and with propulsion power under 9,000kW.There are no operational area restrictions and the qualifications are directly transferable between different industry sectors.

In 2021 they will replace the existing yacht, fishing, tug & government engineering qualifications. After this time existing qualifications will be recognised, but if you wish to progress your qualification you will need to convert to a CoC in the new scheme. Details of how to convert an existing CoC are given below (link).

Small Vessel qualifications will also replace the Merchant Navy Second Engineer and Chief Engineer under 3,000kW CoC’s outlined in MSN 1857.

Where do I start?

The basic engineering qualification is the MCA 30-hour diesel engine Approved Engine Course, now called AEC 1, formerly known as the AEC.

The AEC 1 allows you to work as a Chief Engineer on a number of vessels, for example Yachts less than 200 tonnes operating within 60NM of a safe haven, it is also acceptable in place of the Seafish 5-day Engine-room Watchkeeping course. To work on vessels where this is not the case, it is the entry level qualification that will allow you to work on vessels as an assistant engineer whilst you build your sea-time and gain experience.

You will also need to complete the STCW Basic Safety Training and obtain an ENG1 certificate of medical fitness before you can go to sea.

ProgressionEngineering Superyachts

There are 3 levels of progression for Small Vessel Engineers

1. Second Engineer 9,000kW, 3,000 GT
2. Chief Engineer 3,000kW, 500 GT
3. Chief Engineer 9,000kW, 3,000 GT

Second Engineer 9,000kW 3,000GT

There are 3 ways to achieve the Second Engineer

1. The Standard Route. This involves completing a Diploma in Maritime Studies: Small Vessel Engineer from an MCA approved training provider but has the advantage of only requiring 12 months’ sea time. Full Details can be found here.
2. The Experienced Seafarer Route. This involves completing a course of study to pass the relevant SQA exams and 36 month’s sea time. Full Details can be found here.
3. The Alternative Route. This scheme is designed for candidates with a relevant engineering qualification, but which is not specifically maritime. It involves applying to an approved training provider for an action plan to ensure that you have covered all the relevant subjects to the required standard, it will also determine the sea-time required to achieve the CoC. Full Details can be found here.

Which ever route you follow to obtain a Second Engineer CoC you must be 18 years old meet the following criteria before you can you sit your MCA Oral;

Complete the required sea-time depending on your qualification route, this must include engine room watchkeeping or unmanned machinery space duties.
Complete the MNTB Training Record book which will be issued by your training provider.
Complete 2-weeks of MCA approved initial Workshop Skills Training. (You may require an additional 2-weeks depending on your sea time)
Hold AEC 1 and AEC 2

Hold the following STCW Basic Training qualifications

STCW Personal Safety & Social Responsibilities
STCW Personal Survival Techniques (Must be updated every 5 years)
STCW Fire Prevention & Fire Fighting (Must be updated every 5 years, update course here)
STCW Elementary First Aid

Hold the following MCA qualifications in addition to your STCW basic training

STCW Proficiency in Survival Craft & Rescue Boats (Must be updated every 5 years)
STCW Advanced Fire Fighting (Must be updated every 5 years)
STCW Proficiency in Medical First Aid (Must be updated every 5 years)
HELM (O)

Pass MCA approved written exams inSmall Vessels Engineering

Marine Diesel Engineering
Auxiliary Equipment – Part 1
Operational Procedures, Basic Hotel Services and Ship Construction
Hold an ENG 1

Once these requirements have been met you can apply for your MCA Second Engineer Small Vessels Oral examination using the application form MSF 4900, full details on each of the qualification routes can be found in MIN 524. You can find the full oral syllabus here.

Chief Engineer 3,000kW, 500 GT

To upgrade from Second Engineer to Chief Engineer 3,000kW, 500 GT, you must meet the following additional criteria.

Pass MCA approved written exams in

Chief Engineer Statutory and Operational Requirements
Auxiliary Equipment – Part 2
Hold a HELM (M) qualification

Once these requirements have been met you can apply for your MCA Chief Engineer Small Vessels Under 3,000kW and 500 GT Oral examination using the application form MSF 4900, full details on each of the qualification routes can be found in MIN 524. You can find the full oral syllabus here.

Chief Engineer 9,000kW, 3,000 GT

To upgrade from Second Engineer to Chief Engineer 9,000kW, 3,000 GT, you must meet the following criteria.

Complete 24 months’ sea time.
12 months must be as a Second Engineer or Chief Engineer (3,000kW, 500 GT) whilst holding your Second Engineer/ Chief Engineer CoC on vessels of at least 350kW, 6 months of this must be on vessels over 750kW.
Pass MCA approved written exams in
Chief Engineer Statutory and Operational Requirements (If not already achieved)
Auxiliary Equipment – Part 2 (If not already achieved)
Applied Marine Engineering
General Engineering Science 1 & 2 (Can take Maritime Studies Diplomas, Small Vessel and Small Vessel Chief Engineer instead)
Hold a HELM (M) qualification

Once these requirements have been met you can apply for your MCA Chief Engineer Small Vessels Under 9,000kW and 3,000 GT Oral examination using the application form MSF 4900, full details on each of the qualification routes can be found in MIN 524. You can find the full oral syllabus here.

Converting Existing Engineering Qualifications to Small Vessel Engineering CoC’sSmall Vessel Engineer   Tug

If you hold any of the following Yacht, Fishing, Tug, Government and Merchant Navy CoC’s, you can convert them to Small Vessel qualifications by consulting the information and following the instructions here.

Yacht 4 (Y4)
Yacht 3 (Y3)
Yacht 2 (Y2)
Yacht 1 (Y1)
Tug Officer of the Watch under 9,000kW
Tug Chief Engineer under 3,000kW and 500 GT
Tug Chief Engineer Officer under 9,000kW
EOOW(Tug) Under 3,000kW/6,000kW and 30 NM from a safe haven.
Chief Engineer (Tug) Under 3,000kW/6,000kW and 30 NM from a safe haven.
Class 2 Fishing
Class 1 Fishing
HMC&E EOOW Under 6,000kW
HMC&E Chief Engineer Officer Under 6,000kW
EOOW Unlimited
Second Engineer under 3,000kW unlimited
Chief Engineer Under 3.000kW unlimited
Second Engineer unlimited

 

Engineering Further Information

SV Engineer

Full details of the MCA Small Vessel Engineering qualifications can be found in MIN 524

Details of the appplication process for an NOE and Small Vessel Oral Exam can be found in MSF 4900

Full details of Merchant Navy engineering qualifications are listed in MSN 1857

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