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MCA OOW II/1 and Chief Mate II/2 Navigation and Stability Examination Written Examinations and Syllabus (SQA)

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MCA OOW II/1 and Chief Mate II/2 written examinations are for seafarers to achieve STCW Officer of the Watch Unlimited and Chief Mate Unlimited certificate of competency (CoC) by the Scottish Qualification Authority (SQA) exam route.

SQA examinations are set by the MCA and administered by the Scottish Qualification Authority on their behalf. These exams conducted at frequent intervals throughout the year.


There are two written exams in Navigation, and Stability and Operations / Stability & Structure, conducted by the SQA on behalf of the MCA.

Please check below the exam schemes, passing marks and syllabus details for Officer of Watch (OOW) STCW II/1 & Chief Mate (C/M) STCW II/2 examinations in Navigation and Stability.

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OOW II/1 Unlimited Navigation Written Examination




Exam Scheme & Passing Marks: At OOW level  Navigation Exam is split into two main sections - Section A Chartwork and Tides (40% weightage) and Section B - Navigation Theory (60% weightage). Candidates are required to achieve an overall pass mark of 60% in Section A & B together and, must also achieve at least 70% in Section A.

OOW  Unlimited Navigation Exam Syllabus

  1. Stages of making a passage plan
  2. Following a passage plan
  3. Routeing instructions and guidelines
  4. Adjusts vessels course and speed to take account of passage plan requirements
  5. Plane and Parallel Sailing
  6. Meridional parts, DMP and Mercator sailing formula
  7. Bridge watchkeeping procedures
  8. Communications between Bridge and Machinery Spaces
  9. Navigation in the proximity of ice
  10. Cause of tides and definitions
  11. Finding the tidal information at standard ports - Worldwide
  12. Finding the tidal information at secondary ports - Worldwide

Notes: Formula sheets will be provided to candidates for the examination

OOW (II/1) Unlimited Stability and Operation Written Examination

Exam Scheme & Passing Marks: The OOW Stability Exam is split into Section A - Stability (40% weightage) and Section B - Operations (60% weightage). Candidates are require to achieve an overall (section A plus Section B) pass mark of 50% & you must not fall below 40% in either section A or B.

OOW  Unlimited Stability Exam Syllabus

  1. Hydrostatics
  2. Statical Stability at small angles
  3. Transverse Stability
  4. Longitudinal Stability
  5. Maintaining a Deck Watch (alongside or at anchor)
  6. Pollution prevention
  7. Legislation

Notes: Formula sheets will be provided to candidates for the examination

Chief Mate (II/2) Unlimited Navigation Examination

Passing Marks: An overall pass mark of 60% is required to achieve a pass in this examination.

Chief Mate Unlimited Navigation Exam Syllabus

  1. Publications required for passage planning
  2. Selection of the appropriate route for a given passage
  3. Passage plan adjustments to allow for emergency situations
  4. Position fixing methods
  5. The accuracy and reliability of various position fixing methods
  6. The statutory and international requirements regarding navigation, navigational equipment and the qualifications and fitness of watchkeeping personnel
  7. Bridge Procedures for both Routine and Emergency Situations

Notes: Formula sheets will be provided to candidates for the examination

Chief Mate II/2 Unlimited Stability and Structure Written Examination

Passing Marks: An overall pass mark of 60% is required to achieve a pass in this examination.

Chief Mate Unlimited Stability and Structure Exam Syllabus

  1. Stability information carried on board ship. The inclining experiment
  2. Application of ‘Free Surface Effect’
  3. The effect on vessel’s centre of gravity of loading, discharging, weights. Final list. Requirements to bring vessel upright
  4. Stability during drydocking. Using real ship stability information
  5. Increase in draught due to list / heel. Angle of heel when turning
  6. The effect of loading, discharging, shifting weights on trim, draught and stability. Using real ship stability information
  7. Draught survey
  8. Curves of righting levers (GZ), using real ship stability information. Determine compliance with ‘Intact Stability’ requirements of the current loadline regulations.
  9. Simplified Stability. Using real ship stability information.
  10. Angle of loll and effective GM at angle of loll
  11. Factors affecting a curve of righting levers (GZ)
  12. The effect on the curve of righting levers (GZ) of shift of cargo and wind heeling moments
  13. Use of the current IMO Grain Rules to determine if the vessel complies with the specified stability criteria. Real ship stability information to be used
  14. Rolling, pitching, parametric and synchronous rolling
  15. The effect of damage and flooding on stability
  16. Damage stability requirements for passenger vessels and Type A and B vessels
  17. Loadline terminology and definitions for new builds
  18. Conditions of assignment of loadlines
  19. Assignment of special loadlines e.g. ‘timber loadlines’
  20. Requirements and Codes relating to the stability of specialised vessels
  21. The preparations required for surveys

Notes:

  1. Longitudinal stability calculations are to be based on taking moments about the After Perpendicular and using formula; Trim = Displacement x (LCB~LCG) / MCTC
  2. Formula sheets will be provided to candidates for the examination

Disclaimer: For general information purpose only. Please check with UK MCA for the accurate and latest information and detailed syllabus.