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Maritime NZ Chief Mate Certificate of Competency (MNZ SeaCert & STCW) Requirements for New Zealand Seafarers

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The Chief Mate is the second in command of each vessel and is the legally appointed representative of the Company responsible under existing law for the vessel in the absence or incapacitation of the Master. The Chief Mate manages the day to day activities of the deck crew and is responsible for representing, enforcing and preserving company interests, policies and procedures to the crew, clients, sub-contractors and duly authorized authorities as directed by the Master.

The Chief Mate’s duties include, but are not limited to, supervise actions of Deck department and responsible to Master for safe stowage of all equipment loaded aboard. The Chief Mate also serves as the Officer in Charge of the Navigation Watch (OICNW) as directed by the Master. Other responsibilities include - proper planning, loading, stowage, discharge of cargo, ship maintenance in a safe and stable condition, mobilization and de-mobilization project management, charterer relations, crew resource management, cost control and many more.

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You may also read: International Maritime Organization (IMO) STCW requirements for Chief Mate

Maritime NZ Chief Mate General Requirements


  • Medically fit and have good eyesight
  • Good character and a fit and proper person
  • Have a certificate of competency as required
  • Minimum sea service requirements
  • Complete and pass an approved training course
  • Required ancillary certificates
  • Pass MNZ’s final exam

Maritime New Zealand Chief Mate Unlimited Requirements

This certificate corresponds with a certificate issued under regulation II/2 of STCW. With this certificate, you can perform the functions and duties of Chief Mate on a vessel of any size in any operating area. You can also perform the functions and duties of Watchkeeper Deck on a vessel of any gross tonnage (GT) in any operating area.

MNZ Chief Mate Prior Certification Requirements

MNZ Chief Mate Sea Service Requirements

  • Your will require you to have obtained at least 12 months’ sea service on board vessels of 500GT or more while holding a Watchkeeper Deck certificate or equivalent. All of your sea service must be completed in the 10 years immediately before you apply for the certificate.

MNZ Chief Mate Training and Exam Requirements

  • You must attend and pass a Chief mate training course that is acceptable to the Director of MNZ to achieve all of the required competencies for this certificate, as specified in STCW Convention section AII/2.
  • You must pass a final exam to show you have met the standards of competency specified in section A-II/2 of the STCW Convention.

Maritime NZ Chief Mate on Ships Less Than 3000 Gross Tonnes (Chief Mate < 3000GT) Requirements

This certificate corresponds with a certificate issued under regulation II/2 of the STCW. With this certificate, you can perform the functions and duties of chief mate on a ship less than 3000 gross tonnes in any operating area and watchkeeper deck on a vessel of any gross tonnage in any operating area.

MNZ Chief Mate < 3000GT Prior Certification Requirements

MNZ Chief Mate < 3000GT Sea Service Requirements

  • There are no additional sea service requirements for this certificate of competency, but you must complete additional training.

MNZ Chief Mate < 3000GT Training and Exam Requirements

  • You must attend and pass a training course that is acceptable to the Director of MNZ to achieve all of the required competencies for this certificate, as specified in STCW Convention section A-II/2, taking into account paragraph 5 (which provides for adjustments in the knowledge required for ships under 3000GT).
  • You must pass a final exam to show you have met the standards of competency specified in section A-II/2 of the STCW Convention.

MNZ Chief Mate Ancillary Certificate Requirements

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Table: Maritime NZ Chief Mate Ancillary Certificate Requirements - Credits: MNZ

  • MNZ strongly recommends that you also get an ancillary certificate of proficiency in security awareness training (STCW A-VI/6-1.1). This certificate is needed if you wish to work on any ship that the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code applies to.

Disclaimer: For general information purpose - please check with Maritime NZ for the latest requirements and accurate info

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