The course is of 39 Hours spread over 10 training Days
To apply for this course, candidates must FIRST be in a possession of a Transport Malta Notice of Eligibility.
Minimum Age: 19
Vessel Length & Power: Qualification to serve as Master on a commercial vessel of less than 24 metres in length.
This certificate does not include an engineering qualification. Applicants who intend to act as both Master and Engineer on a vessel of 12 metres to less than 24 metres will need to hold an appropriate Engine Driver certificate.
Holders of such a COC having a minimum of 12 months sea time as master on vessels of 12 metres in length and above, may apply for an endorsement to serve as Mate on a commercial vessel of less than 50 metres in length.
Other additional requirements as applicable.
Operating Limits: Within ports, internal and territorial waters of Malta.
Prerequisite qualifying service:
- Applicant must have at least 24 months appropriate service.
- Be in possession of a General Purpose Hand Certificate.
Minimum Training required:
Completion of an approved training course followed by an Oral and Practical examination on:
1. Coastal Navigation
- Interpret the information found on a navigational chart and allow for the variation and deviation of a compass.
- Plan a safe route and plot your position on a navigational chart.
2. Ship Knowledge
- Identify parts of a vessel and explain their function.
- Maintain the watertight integrity of a vessel and operate fuel, freshwater & bilge systems.
- Operation of steering systems and emergency steering systems.
- Maintenance and survey requirements for different types of hulls.
- Interpretation and application of Stability Information available on board.
3. Radar & Navigational Aids
- Operate and interpret a small vessel radar display and use in conjunction with navigational charts to fix and monitor the vessel’s position.
- Use of radar as an aid in collision avoidance.
- Operation of Wheelhouse equipment including GPS, depth (echo) sounder, magnetic compasses, gyro and autopilot, alarm systems.
4. Work Team Communication
- Communication skills.
- Participate in small discussion groups to reach agreement on a workplace issue.
- Ability to make job related presentations and to co-operate with team members to plan and prepare it.
5. Marine Radio Telephone Operation
- Operate marine radio telephone equipment within the guidelines for ship station operators to transmit and receive messages relating to routine and emergency traffic.
- User maintenance and fault finding procedures to ensure the correct operation of the radio equipment and associated power supply.
- Operate an EPIRB and a SART.
6. Nautical Knowledge
- Nautical Terms.
- Regulations and Codes applicable to small vessels.
- Interpret meteorological information, radio reports and observations.
- Procedures for keeping a safe navigational watch on board a small vessel.
- Manoeuvre a vessel of less than 24 meters in routine and emergency situations. Use of anchors.
- Dealing with emergency situations involving the safety of the vessel and those on board or the safety of others.
- International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea.
- IALA Region A Buoyage system.
- International Code of Signals. Recognition and meaning of the single flags.
- Use and care of Distress Signals.
- Pollution prevention in port and at sea. Measures to be taken to prevent pollution during bunkering.
- Waste Management. Garbage Plans.
7. Occupational Health and Safety
- Recognise potential fire hazards.
- Use of lifesaving appliances carried on board.
- Survival techniques.
- Apply OH&S principles in relation to own responsibilities on board a small commercial vessel operating in local water.
Other requirements: In addition the applicant must be in possession of:
- A marine radio operator certificate relevant to the radio equipment installed on board the vessel on which candidate intends to serve.
- A current approved first aid certificate.
- An approved Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting certificate.
To qualify: Produce to the Authority for Transport in Malta – Ports and Yachting Directorate – the following:
- Completed application form.
- Proof of Medical Fitness.
- Proof of identity and age.
- Proof of completing successfully the training and examination referred to above.
- 2 colour passport size photographs.
- Pay prescribed fees.
Note: Medical Certificate – Transport Malta
Applicants are reminded that Transport Malta requests a valid Medical Certificate which can be downloaded and printed from this link for Licencing purposes.