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STCW-F II/5 Minimum Requirements for Certification of Chief Engineer & Second Engineer on Fishing Vessels 750 kW Propulsion Power or More

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Chief-Engineer officer (Fishing) is the senior engineer officer responsible for the mechanical propulsion and operation and maintenance of mechanical and electrical installations of the fishing vessel. The Chief engineer is also expected to ensure the safe and effective operation of all equipment.

Second-Engineer officer (Fishing) is the engineer officer next in rank to the chief engineer officer and upon whom the responsibility for the mechanical propulsion and the operation and maintenance of the mechanical and electrical installations of the vessel will fall in the event of the incapacity of the chief engineer officer. They help maintain all machinery aboard the vessel to ensure safe and effective operation of all equipment.


STCW-F Chapter II Regulation 5 defines mandatory minimum requirements for certification of chief engineer officers and second engineer officers of fishing vessels powered by main propulsion machinery of 750 kW propulsion power or more.

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STCW-F Chapter II Regulation 5 - Chief Engineer & Second Engineer (Fishing)

STCW-F II/5 Mandatory minimum requirements for certification of chief engineer officers and second engineer officers of fishing vessels powered by main propulsion machinery of 750 kW propulsion power or more

Note: Any appropriate certificate issued under the provisions of the 1978 STCW Convention as amended, for the holder to serve as a Chief Engineer Officer or an Engineer Officer shall be deemed to be a corresponding certificate for the purposes of paragraph 1 with regard to fishing vessels.

STCW-F II/5




  1. Every chief engineer officer and second engineer officer serving on a seagoing fishing vessel powered by main propulsion machinery of 750 kW propulsion power or more shall hold an appropriate certificate.
  2. Every candidate for certification shall:
    1. be not less than 18 years of age;
    2. satisfy the Party as to medical fitness, including eyesight and hearing;
    3. for certification as second engineer officer, have not less than 12 months approved seagoing service in the engine-room; however, this period may be reduced to not less than 6 months if the Party requires special training which it considers to be equivalent to the approved seagoing service it replaces;
    4. for certification as chief engineer officer, have not less than 24 months approved seagoing service, of which not less than 12 months shall be served while qualified to serve as second engineer officer;
    5. have participated in an approved practical fire-fighting course; and
    6. have passed an appropriate examination for the assessment of competency to the satisfaction of the Party. Such examination shall include the material set out in the appendix to this regulation, except that the Party may vary the requirements for examination and seagoing service for officers of fishing vessels engaged in voyages in limited waters bearing in mind the power of the propulsion machinery and the effect on the safety of all fishing vessels which may be operating in the same waters.
  3. Training to achieve the necessary theoretical knowledge and practical experience shall take into account relevant international regulations and recommendations.
  4. The level of knowledge required under the different paragraphs of the appendix may be varied according to whether the certificate is being issued at chief engineer officer or second engineer officer level.

STCW-F Chapter II Regulation 5 Appendix

Appendix to regulation 5. Minimum knowledge required for certification of chief engineer officers and second engineer officers of fishing vessels powered by main propulsion machinery of 750 kW propulsion power and more

STCW-F Chapter II Regulation 5 Appendix PDF

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LAST UPDATED ON Aug 12, 2021