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-103/2014.


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 than500 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: Safety Certificate
  • Require sea service:
  • Or either

I. 36 months approved sea-going service whilst holding a Certificate of Competency (CoC) not lower than Safety Certificate; or
II. 24 months approved sea-going service on vessels of 80 GT or more whilst holding a CoC as Master/Engineer Class 6 or;
III. 24 months approved sea-going service on vessels of 80 GT or more whilst holding a CoC as Deck Watch Rating;
IV. 6 months approved sea-going service on vessels of 80 GT or more whilst holding a CoC as Able Seafarer Deck


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 colour 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


FMA is now accepting applications for 2019 for programmes:

- Diploma in Marine Engineering (Semester)
- Diploma in Nautical Science (Semester)
- Certificate IV in Ship Building (Quarter)