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Maritime NZ RFPEW Engine Room Watch Rating (EWR) Certificate of Proficiency (MNZ SeaCert & STCW) Requirements for New Zealand Seafarers

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The Engine Room Watch Rating (EWR) certificate is issued under regulation III/4 (RFPEW ) of the International Convention on the Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978, as amended (STCW). With this certificate, you can perform the functions and duties of - a crew member in a manned engine room or periodically unmanned engine room on a ship of any propulsion power in any operating area OR a rating as part of the engineering watch on ships of 750 kilowatts (kW) or more in any operating area.

The information in this guideline covers training, sea service and other requirements for the certificate. It does not cover recognition of an equivalent certificate obtained outside New Zealand. From EWR, you can progress to Able Seafarer Engine (AB Engine).

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


MNZ Engine Room Watch Rating (EWR) General Requirements

  • 16 years old, medically fit and have good eyesight
  • Good character and a fit and proper person
  • Must have met the minimum sea service requirements
  • Complete and pass an approved training course or complete an approved training record book
  • Must have the required ancillary certificates
  • Pass MNZ’s final exam

MNZ Engine Room Watch Rating (EWR) Requirements

MNZ Engine Watch Rating (EWR) Prior Certification Requirements

  • None required

MNZ Engine Room Watch Rating (EWR) Sea Service Requirements

  • Option 1: at least six months’ sea service on ships of 750kW propulsion power or more (and an approved training course).
  • Option 2: at least two months’ sea service on ships of 750kW propulsion power or more (including structured on-board training documented in an approved training record book)

Maritime NZ Engine Room Watch Rating (EWR) Training & Exam Requirements

  • Option 1: Training course - You must attend and pass an approved EWR training course to achieve all of the required competencies for this certificate, as specified in section A-III/4 of the STCW Code.
  • Option 2: Training record book - You will receive the training required for this certificate as part of completing the two months of sea service with structured on-board training documented in an approved training record book. The Director of MNZ has approved the International Shipping Federation’s On Board Training Record Book for Engine Ratings (including new STCW grade of ‘Able Seafarer Engine’) as a record of training and experience for the EWR certificate.

MNZ Engine Room Watch Rating (EWR) Ancillary Certificates 

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Table: Maritime NZ EWR Ancillary Certificate Requirements - Credits: MNZ

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

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