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Maritime NZ Marine Engineer Class 6 (MEC 6) Certificate of Competency (MNZ SeaCert) Requirements for New Zealand Seafarers

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With the Marine Engineer Class 6 (MEC 6) certificate, you can perform an engineer’s functions and duties on - fishing, passenger and non-passenger ships of up to 3000 kilowatts main propulsion power with systems or warranty conditions (or both), within enclosed water limits; passenger ships of up to 750 kilowatts main propulsion power with less than four systems, within inshore limits; non-passenger ships of less than 24 meters and of any propulsion power that have engine and system maintenance carried out ashore or under warranty, within coastal limits; and fishing ships of less than 24 meters and of any propulsion power that have less than four systems, within offshore and coastal limits.

You can also perform the functions and duties of a second engineer on fishing ships of total propulsion power up to 750 kilowatts, in the unlimited area. From MEC 6, with additional sea service, training and assessment, you can progress to MEC 5, MEC 4 and higher-level certificates.

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With the Marine Engineer Class 6 certificate, you can perform an engineer’s functions and duties on fishing, passenger and non-passenger ships


MNZ Marine Engineer MEC 6 General Requirements

  • 18 years old, medically fit and have good eyesight
  • Good character and a fit and proper person
  • Must have the minimum sea service requirements
  • Complete an approved engineer’s training record book
  • If sea service is obtained on board a pleasure craft, demonstration of competency may be required by the training provider
  • Attend and pass a MEC 6 training course
  • Obtain a first aid ancillary certificate
  • Pass MNZ’s final exam

MNZ Marine Engineer MEC 6 Requirements

MNZ Marine Engineer MEC 6 Prior Certification Requirements

  • None required

MNZ Marine Engineer MEC 6 Sea Service Requirements

  • You must complete at least 200 hours of sea service on a motor ship of any kind, including a pleasure craft, and a training record book while on board. (It may take you more than 200 hours to complete the activities in the training record book.) Your training record book must be an approved version and include - the “summary of seagoing service” section completed and signed off by the skipper and the skipper’s name, qualifications and contact details.
  • You are responsible for recording your sea service in your training record book and having it signed off. The sea service and training record book must have been completed within five years of you applying for your certificate. If any of your sea service is on a pleasure craft, demonstration of competency may be required by the training provider.

MNZ Marine Engineer MEC 6 Training and Exam Requirements

  • You must complete an approved training course. This training must meet the competencies required for the MEC 6 certificate.
  • You must pass a final examination (currently an oral examination) by a Maritime NZ-approved examiner.

MNZ Marine Engineer MEC 6 Ancillary Certificates

  • You must provide a copy of the first aid ancillary certificate gained as part of your MEC 6 training. The certificates must  still be current (not expired) when we issue your MEC 6 certificate and, be from a training provider approved to deliver the course or accredited to assess against the relevant standard under the Education Act, or from a course approved by MNZ.

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

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