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Maritime NZ Tanker Endorsement Certificate (MNZ SeaCert & STCW) Requirements for New Zealand Seafarers

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This information is for new applicants for the Tanker Endorsement or Tanker Certificate of Proficiency. It does not cover recognition of an equivalent endorsement or certificate obtained outside New Zealand. This qualification is provided as an endorsement on a seafarer’s maritime certificate. However, if you do not have an appropriate certificate, the MNZ may issue you with an ancillary certificate of proficiency.

With a Basic Tanker Endorsement for an oil or chemical tanker, you can perform designated duties relating to tanker cargo or operating cargo equipment on the relevant type of tanker. With an Advanced Tanker Endorsement for an oil or chemical tanker, you can perform the functions of - a master, chief engineer officer, chief mate or second engineer officer on the type of tanker for which you hold a relevant endorsement or a person with immediate responsibility for loading, discharging, care in transit, handling of cargo, tank cleaning or other cargo-related operations on the type of tanker for which you hold a relevant endorsement.

Maritime NZ Master certificates are vlid for five years.

oil tanker endorsement

You may also read: International Maritime Organization (IMO) STCW Tanker Requirements

MNZ Tanker Endorsement Types of Certificates


  • There are five different tanker endorsements, based on the level of competency required for different types of tanker cargo. These requirements correspond to regulations under STCW. : To qualify for an advanced endorsement, you must first have gained a basic tanker endorsement.

mnz types of tanker endorsements
Table: Maritime NZ Types of Tanker Endorsements - Credits: MNZ

MNZ Basic Tanker Endorsement Requirements

MNZ Basic Tanker Endorsement Prior Certification Requirements

  • None required

MNZ Basic Tanker Endorsement Sea Service Requirements

  • None required

MNZ Basic Tanker Endorsement Training Requirements

  • You must complete an approved basic tanker (oil and/or chemical) training course or equivalent to achieve all of the required competencies in basic training for tanker cargo operations as set out in STCW Code section A-V/1-1-1.
  •  In New Zealand, part of the core training for the tanker endorsement is delivered by successful completion of the STCW advanced fire fighting certificate (which complies with STCW Code section A-VI/3, paragraphs 1–4 (table A-VI/3)). This training covers practical instruction in responding to fires associated with oil and/or chemical cargoes and tankers.

MNZ Basic Tanker Endorsement Ancillary Certificates

  • See below

MNZ Advanced Tanker Endorsement General Requirements

  • Hold a basic tanker endorsement
  • Have completed training and obtained an ancillary certificate for basic training and advanced fire fighting
  • Either complete three months’ sea service or complete one month on board a tanker as a supernumerary (extra crew member) and a training record book

MNZ Advanced Tanker Endorsement Requirements

MNZ Advanced Tanker Endorsement Prior Certification Requirements

  • You must hold a basic tanker training endorsement or tanker certificate of proficiency for the type of tanker and cargo.

MNZ Advanced Tanker Endorsement Sea Service Requirements

Your sea service must be relevant and appropriate to the requirements set out in the maritime rules. This means that the sea service required for advanced tanker endorsement will meet these requirements if it is -

  • In the 10 years immediately before your endorsement is issued
  • On voyages lasting 24 hours or more (refer to Calculating sea service for voyages of 24 hours or more in the next section
  •  In the deck department on a tanker of the relevant cargo type (chemical, oil or liquefied gas)
  • In accordance with the requirements described in regulation A-V/1-1-3 of the STCW code

You can gain the required sea service in either of two ways

  • Option 1: by completing three months of approved sea service on board a tanker while holding the relevant basic tanker endorsement
  • Option 2: by completing one month of approved sea service on board a tanker as a supernumerary (extra crew member), documented in an approved training record book.

MNZ Advanced Tanker Endorsement Training Requirements

  • You must complete an approved basic tanker (oil and/or chemical) training course or equivalent to achieve all of the required competencies in basic training for tanker cargo operations as set out in STCW Code section A-V/1-1-1.
  • In New Zealand, part of the core training for the tanker endorsement is delivered by successful completion of the STCW advanced fire fighting certificate (which complies with STCW Code section A-VI/3, paragraphs 1-4 (table A-VI/3)). This training covers practical instruction in responding to fires associated with oil and/or chemical cargoes and tankers.

MNZ Basic or Advanced Tanker Endorsement Ancillary Certificates

mnz tanker endorsement ancillary certificates
Table: Maritime NZ Basic & Advanced Tanker Endorsement Ancillary Certificates - Credits: MNZ

  • Note: STCW requires you to keep your ancillary fire fighting and personal survival training current if more than five years old.

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

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