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General Requirements, STCW Certificates, Endorsements & Training Required for Chief Engineer Certificate of Competence

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A Chief Engineer is in charge of the engine department in a merchant ship and holds complete responsibility for the operations of the engine room and maintenance of all types of machinery onboard the vessel. The Chief Engineer reports to the master / captain and works closely with the master and ensures the physical aspect of the vessel is completely under control. In nutshell chief engineer gives orders for operation and maintenance of ship’s machinery system.

Other typical duties include - required to have experience in both mechanical and electrical engineering, work and able to communicate efficiently with a small team to ensure that all maintenance is completed efficiently, maintain inventory of spare parts, fuel and oil, look after the safety of maritime professionals working in the engine room, and man management skills including working under pressure. The duties of the chief engineer are clearly defined under STCW section A- III /2 and A-III/3.

A chief engineer is educated to degree level and hold any other qualifications associated with Maritime engineering and must have a Class 1 Certificate of Competency among other qualifications defined by different maritime administrations within STCW Convention. Further information can be found from the following sections.

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Chief Engineer is the senior engineer officer responsible for the mechanical propulsion and the operation and maintenance of the mechanical and electrical installations of the ship


General Requirements to Obtain a CoC as a Chief Engineer

Chief Engineer officers on ships powered by main propulsion machinery of 3,000 kW propulsion power or more must:

  • Previous Certificate & Seagoing Service: meet the requirements for certification as an officer in charge of an engineering watch and have not less than 36 months approved seagoing service, of which not less than 12 months shall have been served as an engineer officer in a position of responsibility while qualified to serve as second engineer officer.
  • Education & Training: have completed approved education and training and meet the standard of competence specified in section A-III/2 of the STCW Code.
  • Additional Requirements under STCW 2010: See below.

Chief Engineer officers on ships powered by main propulsion machinery of 750 kW - 3,000 kW propulsion power must:

  • Previous Certificate & Seagoing Service: meet the requirements for certification as  an officer in charge of an engineering watch and have not less than 24 months approved seagoing service, of which not less than 12 months shall have been served while qualified to serve as second engineer officer.
  • Education & Training: have completed approved education and training and meet the standard of competence specified in section A-III/3 of the STCW Code.
  • Additional Requirements under STCW 2010:See below.
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS UNDER STCW 2010

Chief engineer officers officers on ships of 3,000 kW propulsion power or more

  • Manage the operation of propulsion plant machinery
  • Knowledge of engine room management
  • Application of leadership and managerial skills
  • Contribute to the safety of personnel and ship

Chief engineer officers officers on ships of 750 - 3,000 kW propulsion power

  • Increased requirements for near coastal voyages

STCW Certificates, Endorsements & Training Required for Chief Engineer

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      Table:Chief Engineer certificates and training requirements. Credits: ITWF

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