This course covers the mandatory minimum requirements as set out in Reg. II/5, Sec. A-II/5, Table A-II/5 of STCW `2010 convention, as amended. It is based on the minimum knowledge required for certification of ratings forming part of a navigational watch at the support level.
The Ministry Approval Number is MTP/01/ND-108/2014.
On completion of the course trainees will have the knowledge, understanding and proficiency to;

  • Use of the magnetic & gyro compasses
  • Understand helm orders
  • Change over from automatic pilot to hand steering and vice versa
  • Responsibilities of a lookout, including reporting the approximate bearing of a sound signal, light or other object in degrees or points
  • ship board terms and definitions
  • use of appropriate internal communication and alarm systems
  • Ability to understand orders and to communicate with the other officer of the watch on matters relevant to watch keeping duties.
  • procedure for the relief, maintenance and handover of a watch
  • basic environment protection procedures
  • information required to maintain a safe watch
  • knowledge of emergency duties and alarm signals
  • knowledge of pyrotechnic distress signals; satellite EPIRBs and SARTs
  • avoidance of false distress alerts and action to be taken in the event of accidental activation


  • Every rating forming part of a navigational watch on a seagoing ship of 500 GT or more shall be required to demonstrate the competence to perform the navigation function at the support level as specified in column 1 of Table A­II/4


  • The duration of the course is 1 trimesters (12 weeks-3 months) at FMA. It is conducted in parallel in Trimester 2 with the Trade Diploma in Nautical Science Course (DA1) cadets since the units are the same in both programs

This course is open for those who comply with the minimum standards and requirements stipulated below.

  • Minimum age: 18 years
  • Pre-requisite Certificate: Safety certificate ( Pre­sea Training)
  • Require sea service: 12 months approved sea-going service

Must have satisfactorily completed an appropriate course of study that at least meets the standards specified in Section A-II/4 of the STCW Code for rating forming part of a navigational watch
Must hold the following current Certificates:

  • Valid certificate of medical fitness for services in the deck department
  • Valid eye sight and color test certificate
  • Certificate of proficiency in survival craft and rescue boats other than fast rescue boats Section A-VI/2-1 of the STCW code
  • Medical First Aid at Sea. Section A-VI/4-1 of the STCW code
  • Advanced Fire-fighting and Control. Section A- VI/3 of the STCW code
  • Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities. Section A-VI/-4 of the STCW code; and
  • GMDSS General Operators Certificate


  • Number of Students not to exceed 30.
  • As per the student number adequate classrooms/ laboratories/ workshops/ other facilities to be provided.
  • Learner / Trainer Ratio – 30:1

Classes @ FMA

9 - 13 January 2017

 Updating Course for Deck Officer -  Management Level

23 - 27 January 2017  Updating Course for Deck Officer -  Operational Level