Master on Ships Less Than 500 GT in Near-Coastal Voyages (NCV)

About Course:

The Program was designed in accordance with international and national marine standards to train, develop and provide the learner with the required knowledge and skills for acting as Master NCV less than 500t.

Course Type:

COC Upgrade and License

Course Objectives:

This course aims to meet the mandatory minimum requirements for seafarers to act as master <500 NCV in accordance with STCW Code Table A-II/3 and STCW Reg II/3 .

The candidate at the end of the course will be able to carry out the following functions.

• NCV Navigation.

• NCV Cargo handling and stowage.

• NCV Controlling the operation of the ship and care for persons on board.

Course Information:

• Plan and conduct a coastal passage and determine position.

• Ability to use ECDIS.

• Ability to use nautical charts and publications, such as sailing directions, tide tables, notices to

mariners, radio navigational warnings and ships’ routing information.

• Reporting in accordance with General Principles for Ship Reporting Systems and with VTS procedures

• Loading, stowage, securing and unloading of cargoes and their care during the voyage.

• Application of stability, trim and stress tables, diagrams and stress-calculating equipment.

• Demonstrate the ability to assess situation & ship control.

• Navigate narrow channels, maneuver the ship conduct towing, pushing operations.

• Maintain seaworthiness of the ship.

• Maintain a State of readiness.

• Emergency steering

• Arrangements for towing and for being taken in tow.

• Rescuing persons from the sea

• Assisting a vessel in distress

• Appreciation of the action to be taken when emergencies arise in port.

Course Assessment Method:

• The candidate is required to prove competency through written, practical, and oral assessments.

• Assessment is conducted either at SMA facility under the supervision of the administration or at a place determined

by the administration.

Delivery Method:

blend between Lecture Based, Guided Instruction, Discussions, Active Learning and Simulations to achieve the program objectives.


28 Days

Course Date:

07 April 2025

Entry Requirements:

1. Be at least 20 years old.

2. Hold a valid

o OICNW unlimited, II/1 certificate of competency or

o OICNW onboard ships less than 500 GT engaged in near-coastal voyages, II/3 certificate of competency.

3. Must meet medical fitness standards as per administration guidelines, supported by a report from a medical practitioner approved by MoEI - FMA.

General Requirements:

1. Complete the approved seagoing service as officer in charge of a navigational   watch.

2. Complete and pass the education and training program meeting the standard of competence specified in section A-II/3 of the STCW Code, each competence can be limited to be satisfying the scope of small ships less than 500 GT and engaged in near-coastal voyages, as per STCW Reg II/3.

Sea Service Requirements.
Sea-Time requirements might include but not be limited to the followings:

1. Sea service must be relevant and appropriate to the requirements of regulation II/3 of the STCW convention.

2. Completing at least 12 months of sea service as an officer in charge of a navigational watch or

3. Completing at least 12 months of sea service as an officer in charge of a navigational watch onboard a commercial ship of at least 24 meters in length, more than 80GT and up to 500GT.

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