This course covers the mandatory minimum requirements as set out in Reg. II/3, Sec. A-II/3, Table A-II/3 of STCW `2010 convention, as amended. It is based on the minimum knowledge required for certification of Master on ships of less than 500 gross tonnages, engaged on a near-coastal voyage (NCV).

The Ministry Approval Number is MTP/01/ND-104/2014.


On completion of the course trainees will have the knowledge, understanding and proficiency to;

  • Plan and conduct a passage and determine position
  • Maintain a safe navigational watch
  • Use of radar and ARPA to maintain safety of navigation
  • Respond to emergencies
  • Respond to a distress signal at sea
  • use the standard marine navigational vocabulary as replaced by the IMO standard marine
  • Communicational phrases and use English in written and oral form.
  • Transmit and receive information by visual signaling
  • Maneuver the ship
  • monitors the loading stowage, securing and unloading of cargoes and their care during the voyage
  • ensure compliance with pollution prevention requirements
  • maintain sea worthiness of the ship
  • apply medical first aid on board ship
  • monitors compliance with legislative requirements
  • prevents, control and fight fires on board
  •  operate lifesaving appliance


For certification of Masters of ships of less than 500 gross tonnage engaged on near-coastal voyage.

The duration of the course is 2 trimesters (24 weeks- 6 months) at FMA. It is conducted in parallel with the stage 3 trade diploma in nautical science course (DA3) cadets since the units in the DA3 course is common to class 4 Master.


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

  • Minimum age: Not prescribed
  • Pre-requisite Certificate: Class 5 Master
  • Require sea service: 12 months approved sea-going service as a watch-keeper officer holding a Certificate of Competency not lower than a Class 5 Master


Must have satisfactorily completed an appropriate course of study that at least meets the standards specified in Section A-II/3 of the STCW Code for masters on ships engaged in Near-coastal voyages and includes practical training in ECDIS, ARPA, radar and electronic navigation and relevant simulator training and assessment:
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