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U.S. Coast Guard Requirements (General, Sea Service, Training & Other) for OICNW STCW Endorsement

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Officer in Charge of a Navigational Watch (OICNW) is an STCW endorsement with tonnage limitations for the deck officer on a sea going merchant ship. The tonnage limitations are either 500 gross tonnage or more and, less that 500 GT but above 200 GT.

The OCINW is under a master’s command and so the duties are assigned by the master or captain of the ship. STCW regulations apply to seagoing vessels greater than 200 GRT and higher and these regulations do not apply to vessels operating exclusively on the Inland waters of the United States; seagoing vessels of less than 200 tons; and uninspected passenger vessels. The OICNW duties consist (not limited to) of the duties of a National Mate credential.

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You may also read: International Maritime Organisation (IMO) STCW Requirements for OICNW 

General Requirements for OICNW STCW Endorsement


  • Age: 19
  • Medical Certificate
  • Sea Service letters or discharges
  • Mariner must hold equivalent national endorsement

USCG STCW II/1 OICNW 500 GT or More Operational Level Requirements

Sea Service Requirements

  • 1080 days of seagoing service in the deck department on vessels operating in oceans, near-coastal and/or Great Lakes; AND evidence of having performed, during the required seagoing service, bridge watch keeping duties, under the supervision of an officer holding the STCW endorsement as master, chief mate, second mate, or OICNW, for a period of not less than 180 days.
  • 360 days of seagoing service as part of an approved training program, which includes onboard training that meets the requirements of Section A-II/1 of STCW Code
  • Notes: Service on inland waters, bays, or sounds that are navigable waters of the United States may be substituted for up to 50 percent of the total required service; and Experience gained in the engine department on vessels may be creditable for up to 90 days service requirements.

Assessments

  • Evidence of meeting the standard of competence specified in Section A-II/1 of STCW Code of 500 GT or More OICNW Operational Level – Assessments for this endorsement: Must complete & attach Record of Assessment from NVIC 12-14 or its equivalent
  • Note: Operational-level assessments are not required if the mariner holds or has previously held an STCW endorsement as Master (STCW II/2) valid on vessels of 500 GT or more issued after 1997

Additional Training

  • Medical First Aid Provider
  • Valid RADAR Observer
  • Search and Rescue
  • Proficiency in Survival Craft (or PSC Limited) and Rescue Boats other than Fast Rescue Boats
  • Visual Signaling
  • Bridge Resource Management
  • Terrestrial and Celestial Navigation and Electronic Navigation Systems
  • Watchkeeping, including COLREGS and IMO Standard Marine Communication Phrases (SMCP)
  • Cargo Handling and Stowage
  • Ship Handling
  • Stability and Ship Construction
  • Meteorology
  • Leadership and Teamworking Skills
  • Basic and Advanced Fire Fighting
  • Basic Training

Optional Training

  • ARPA (Optional, if serving on a vessel with this equipment) - if not provided mariner will have a limitation on his endorsement
  • GMDSS (Optional, if serving on a vessel with this equipment)
  • ECDIS (Optional, if serving on a vessel with this equipment) - if not provided mariner will have a limitation on his endorsement.

STCW Endorsement as OICNW on Vessels of 500 GT or More - National Crossover

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Table: STCW OICNW Endorsement 500 GT or More - National Crossover Credits: USCG 

USCG STCW Master 500 GT or More and Less Than 3000 GT Management Level Requirements

Sea Service Requirements

  • 1080 days of service in the deck department on vessels operating in operating in oceans, near coastal and /or Great Lakes; OR
  • 360 days of seagoing service as part of an approved training program that includes onboard training that meets the requirements of Section A-II/1 of the STCW Code. AND
  • Evidence of having performed during the required seagoing service, bridge watchkeeping duties under the supervision of an officer holding the STCW endorsement as master, chief mate, or OICNW, for a period not less than 180 days OR
  • Note 1: Service on inland waters, bays, or sounds that are navigable waters of the United States may be substituted for up to 50 percent of the total required service
  • Note 2: Service on vessels as boatswain, able seaman, or quartermaster while holding the appropriate deck watchkeeping rating endorsement, which may be accepted on a two- for-one basis to a maximum allowable substitution of 90 days (180 days of experience equals 90 days of creditable service)
  • Note 3: Experience gained in the engine department on vessels may be creditable for up to 3 months service requirements.
  • Competencies
  • Evidence of Standard of competence specified in Table A-II/1 of the STCW Code
  • The STCW will still be limited to 500 GT even though assessments completed for II/1. Training and sea service is required for STCW greater than 500 GT
  • Note: Assessments are not required if the mariner holds or has previously held an STCW endorsement as Master (STCW II/2) valid on vessels of 500 GT or more other than Offshore Supply Vessels issued after 1997. This will apply regardless of when or how the mariner obtained their endorsement

Approved and Optional Training

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Table: USCG STCW Master 500 GT or More and Less Than 3000 GT Additional Training Credits: USCG 

STCW Endorsement as OICNW of Vessels of Less Than 500 GT - National Crossover

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Table: STCW Endorsement as OICNW of Vessels of Less Than 500 GT - National Crossover Credits: USCG 

USCG STCW II/3 OICNW Less Than 500 GT NC Operational Level Requirements

Sea Service Requirements

  • 720 days of seagoing service in the deck department on vessels operating in oceans, near-coastal and/or Great Lakes
  • Notes: Service on inland waters, bays, or sounds that are navigable waters of the United States may be substituted for up to 50 percent of the total required service; and Experience gained in the engine department on vessels may be creditable for up to 90 days of the service requirements
  • Successful completion of an approved training program that includes sea service as required by the Coast Guard; OR
  • Successful completion of approved training for this section and obtain 360 days of seagoing service

Assessments

  • Evidence of Standard of competence specified in Section A-II/3 of the STCW Code OICNW Less Than 500 GT Near Coastal
  • Operational Level Assessments: Record of Assessment from NVIC 13-14 or its equivalent (Some assessments are only required for Master Less Than 500 GT Near Coastal)

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Table: STCW II/3 OICNW Less Than 500 GT NC Operational Level Radar Assessment Credits: USCG 

Approved Training

  • Medical First Aid Provider
  • Bridge Resource Management
  • Proficiency in survival craft (or PSC Limited) and Rescue Boats other than Fast Rescue Boats
  • Basic and Advanced Firefighting
  • Basic Training

Optional Training

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Table: STCW II/3 OICNW Less Than 500 GT NC Operational Level Optional Training Credits: USCG 

STCW Endorsement OICNW Less Than 500 GT Limited to NC - National Crossover

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Table: STCW Endorsement OICNW Less Than 500 GT Limited to NC - National Crossover Credits: USCG 

USCG STCW II/1 OSV OICNW 500 GT or More Operational Level Requirements

Sea Service Requirements

  • 1080 days of seagoing service in the deck department on vessels operating in oceans, near-coastal and/or Great Lakes; AND
  • Evidence of having performed, during the required seagoing service, bridge watch keeping duties, under the supervision of an officer holding the STCW endorsement as master, chief mate, second mate, or OICNW, for a period of not less than 180 days OR
  • 360 days of seagoing service as part of an approved training program, which includes onboard training that meets the requirements of Section A-II/1 of STCW Code
  • Notes: Service on inland waters, bays, or sounds that are navigable waters of the United States may be substituted for up to 50 percent of the total required service; and Experience gained in the engine department on vessels may be creditable for up to 90 days service requirements

Assessments

  • Mariners holding or qualifying National: Mate (OSV), Mate 500 GRT OC/NC, or Mate 1600 GRT OC/NC may qualify for STCW limited to Offshore Supply Vessels (OSV) by providing: (unless previously met):
  • Basic Training
  • Advanced FF
  • BRM
  • Leadership and Teamworking Skills (course or assessments)
  • Approved OSV assessment program for Mate / OICNW

Additional and Optional Training

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Table: STCW II/1 OSV OICNW 500 GT or More Operational Level Additional & Optional Training Credits: USCG 

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