You will all be aware that Covid 19 is a 1918 Spanish Flu like epidemic. It can be fatal to all age groups if caught. It is transmitted by coughing or sneezing and is particularly dangerous to those over 60 and those people with underlying health conditions.
We are constantly listening carefully to the latest Government advice regarding this viral outbreak. This states that it is particularly important, that anyone showing symptoms of fever or a constant dry cough, no matter how mild, should self-isolate (including family – if any) for 7 days and refrain from social or official contact. This includes not attending any courses booked with us or any other external activity involving proximity to other people. Additionally, and in any case, close social contact, which many of our course require, is advised against.
Our duty at Western Maritime Training Ltd is to ensure that you (or your employees) and our staff attend training events that are as safe as possible within the latest official guideline’s enforcements to date.
Accordingly, and in order that we all remain as safe as possible, we are mothballing our services until Government advice changes. Covid 19 is such a generic threat to the population that running face to face training is not an acceptable risk. Colleges and Universities are taking similar action.
With immediate effect our payment portals are now closed, and no further bookings will be taken. Customers already booked to courses will be offered alternative dates as soon as the situation becomes clearer. We will still be able to offer career and qualifications advice over the telephone. Please be aware that this may be limited access to this facility at times. You will be able to leave telephone messages if we are unable to talk to you immediately.
We regret having to take this action, we have operated under the same ownership and management for 24 years continuously, providing first class and value-for-money training and education. However, the safety of you and us and all our loved ones is paramount.
We look forward to being of service to you again soon.
OOW & Master 500GT, Near Coastal
Near-Coastal Certificates of Competency allow you to work in the UK Near-Coastal Area, which is defined as being within 150 miles of a safe-haven on the coast of the UK and 30 miles from Ireland.
Officer of the Watch (OOW) 500 GT, Near Coastal
To be elegible for an OOW 500 GT, Near Coastal CoC, you must be over 18 years of age and meet the following criteria;
Hold the following certificates –
STCW Personal Survival Techniques – Issued within the last 5 years
STCW Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting – Issued within the last 5 years
STCW Elementary First Aid
STCW Personal Safety and Social Responsibility
STCW Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats – Issued within the last 5 years
STCW Advanced Fire Fighting – Issued within the last 5 years
STCW Proficiency in Medical First Aid
STCW HELM (O)
STCW NAEST (O)
Signals Certificate - Issued within the last 3 years
Pass SQA Exams in:
General Ship Knowledge
Chartwork & Navigation
Hold a medical fitness certificate – ENG 1
If you are following an approved MNTB programme, for example the SQA Level 3 Diploma in Maritime Studies, you need to complete 12 months’ seagoing service. All other candidates must complete 36 months of service in the Deck department. This must be evidenced in an approved Training Record Book, and must include 6 months of Bridge Watchkeeping duties
Pass MCA Oral Examination E. (Syllabus here)
As long as you have completed your sea service and have your ENG1 you can apply for a Notice of Eligibility (NOE) using form MSF 4274. You need not have completed all your training to do this but you will have to complete everything before you apply for your oral exam date. Once you have your exam date you can apply for an Oral exam prep course.
Master 500 GT, Near Coastal
To be elegible for a Master 500 GT, Near Coastal CoC, you must hold either
OOW 500 GT, Near Coastal
And pass MCA Oral Examination D. (Syllabus here)
Again, as long as you have completed your sea service and have your ENG1 you can apply for a Notice of Eligibility (NOE) using form MSF 4274. You need not have completed all your training to do this but you will have to complete everything before you apply for your oral exam date. Once you have your exam date you can apply for an Oral exam prep course.
OOW & Master 500GT Further Information
The information provided on this page is, to the best of our knowledge, correct at the time of writing. Regulations are, however, updated by the MCA on a regular basis and requirements change accordingly. Whilst we do our best to keep as up to date as possible, the full details of the requirements for the OOW and Master 500 GT CoC's are included in the relevant M-Notices, which are listed below.