You will all be aware that Covid 19 is a 1918 Spanish Flu like epidemic. It can be fatal to all age groups if caught. It is transmitted by coughing or sneezing and is particularly dangerous to those over 60 and those people with underlying health conditions.
We are constantly listening carefully to the latest Government advice regarding this viral outbreak. This states that it is particularly important, that anyone showing symptoms of fever or a constant dry cough, no matter how mild, should self-isolate (including family – if any) for 7 days and refrain from social or official contact. This includes not attending any courses booked with us or any other external activity involving proximity to other people. Additionally, and in any case, close social contact, which many of our course require, is advised against.
Our duty at Western Maritime Training Ltd is to ensure that you (or your employees) and our staff attend training events that are as safe as possible within the latest official guideline’s enforcements to date.
Accordingly, and in order that we all remain as safe as possible, we are mothballing our services until Government advice changes. Covid 19 is such a generic threat to the population that running face to face training is not an acceptable risk. Colleges and Universities are taking similar action.
With immediate effect our payment portals are now closed, and no further bookings will be taken. Customers already booked to courses will be offered alternative dates as soon as the situation becomes clearer. We will still be able to offer career and qualifications advice over the telephone. Please be aware that this may be limited access to this facility at times. You will be able to leave telephone messages if we are unable to talk to you immediately.
We regret having to take this action, we have operated under the same ownership and management for 24 years continuously, providing first class and value-for-money training and education. However, the safety of you and us and all our loved ones is paramount.
We look forward to being of service to you again soon.
Chief Mate & Master Unlimited
Chief Mate Unlimited
Once you have completed 12 months’ watchkeeping service whilst holding your OOW Unlimited CoC, you become eligible to apply for a Chief Mate Unlimited CoC provided you meet the following additional criteria;
Hold the following qualifications in addition to those required for OOW
STCW Proficiency in Medical Care
STCW HELM (M)
Pass SQA Chief Mate/Master Exams in
Stability & Operation
Pass MCA Oral Examination B (Syllabus here)
If you achieved your OOW Unlimited CoC through the HNC qualification or the experienced seafarer route, then you will need to complete an additional period of education and training before being able to sit the SQA exams, this involves enrolling with a nautical college to complete HND units to the approved level. This is normally a combination of classroom teaching and distance learning.
As long as you have completed your sea service and have your ENG1 you can apply for a Notice of Eligibility (NOE) using form MSF 4274. You need not have completed all your training to do this but you will have to complete everything before you apply for your oral exam date. Once you have your exam date you can apply for an Oral exam prep course.
The upgrade path to a Master Unlimited CoC is relatively straightforward.
Firstly, you must hold a valid Chief Mate Unlimited CoC to ensure that you meet all the relevant education and training standards.
Secondly, you need to demonstrate 36 months’ watchkeeping service whilst holding your OOW Unlimited. This can be reduced to 24 months if 12 months of this service has been served in the capacity of Chief Mate whilst holding the Chief Mate Unlimited CoC.
Thirdly, you need to pass MCA Oral Examination A (Syllabus here)
Again, as long as you have completed your sea service and have your ENG1 you can apply for a Notice of Eligibility (NOE) using form MSF 4274. You need not have completed all your training to do this but you will have to complete everything before you apply for your oral exam date. Once you have your exam date you can apply for an Oral exam prep course.
Chief Mate & Master Unlimited - Further Information
The information provided on this page is, to the best of our knowledge, correct at the time of writing. Regulations are, however, updated by the MCA on a regular basis and requirements change accordingly. Whilst we do our best to keep as up to date as possible, the full details of the requirements for the Chief Mate and Master Unlimited CoC's are included in the relevant M-Notices, which are listed below.