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.
Officer of the Watch (OOW) Unlimited
There are three different qualification routes available to UK seafarers looking to obtain an Officer of the Watch (OOW) Unlimited CoC. These are;
1. Take an Honours Degree, Foundation Degree or Scottish Professional Diploma (HD, FD, SPD) as part of an MNTB approved cadet training programme.
2. Take an HNC or HND as part of an MNTB approved cadet training programme.
3. The experienced seafarer route.
Whichever route you take 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 Navigation and Stability & Operations
Hold a medical fitness certificate – ENG 1
Sea Service Requirements
If you are following an approved MNTB programme (HD, FD, SPD, HNC or HND) the complete list of qualifications will be met within your course programme, as will your required seagoing service. You need to complete 12 months at sea, 6 months of which must be engaged in bridge watchkeeping duties, and complete the MNTB OOW Training Record Book (TRB).
Additionally, if you are on an HD,FD,SPD approved programme, you can earn exemptions from the SQA exams if you achieve high enough marks in your course exams, you can find the full details in MSN 1856
If you are an experienced seafarer, you need to complete 36 months of seagoing service of which 6 months must be engaged in bridge watchkeeping service. There is no need for you to complete the TRB.
Once you have the sea-time you must apply to a nautical college to undertake an approved training programme which will prepare you for the SQA exams. This is normally delivered as an HNC (Part 1) and delivered over two terms, although some colleges are now offering this as an online / distance learning programme.
The college you apply to for your training programme may include some of the STCW short courses as part of this. Any that are not included, however, you will need to complete for yourself. As an experienced seafarer, there may be funding available to help achieve this, which may also cover the costs of your college programme. For details on funding organisations please contact us.
MCA Oral Examination
Whichever your route to achieve the OOW qualification, you will need to pass MCA Oral Examination C (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.
OOW Unlimited 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 Unlimited CoC are included in the relevant M-Notices, which are listed below.