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U.S. Coast Guard Requirements (General, Sea Service, Training & Other) for Rating Forming Part of a Engineering Watch (RFPEW) STCW Endorsement

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The Ratings Forming Part of an Engineering Watch (RFPEW) is part of the engine department on a seagoing ship powered by main propulsion machinery of 750 kW propulsion power or more and certified according to Section A-III/4 and Table A-III/4 of the STCW Code. This is a certification at the support level. RFPEW carry out a watch routine appropriate to the duties of a rating forming part of an engine-room watch.

Duties of RFPEW Rating include - Carry out a watch routine appropriate to the duties of a rating forming part of an engine-room watch; Understand orders and be understood in matters relevant to watchkeeping duties; Operate emergency equipment and apply emergency procedures such as knowledge of emergency duties, escape routes from machinery spaces, and familiarity with the location and use of fire-fighting equipment in the machinery spaces and more.

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You may also read: International Maritime Organization (IMO) STCW requirements for RFPEW


USCG RFPNW General Requirements

  • Age: 16
  • U.S. Citizenship, OR
  • Holds a valid MMC (except OUPV limited to non-documented vessels)
  • Alien admitted for permanent residence
  • Medical Certificate
  • Mariner must hold a national endorsement

USCG RFPEW STCW Endorsement Requirements

Sea Service Requirements

  • 180 days of seagoing service, which includes training and experience associated with engine room functions, and involves the performance of duties carried out under the supervision of an engineer officer or a qualified STCW rating, EXCEPT, as identified in National Crossover Table below. OR
  • Proof of successful completion of a Coast Guard-approved or accepted training, which includes - Not Less than 60 days of approved seagoing service

Assessment

  • Evidence of meeting the Standards of Competence as specified in Table A-III/4 of the STCW Code: 1. Record of Practical Performance Assessments from NVIC 07-14

Limitations

  • Per Enclosure 3 of NVIC 07-14, based on the assessments completed, a mariner may qualify for one of the following limitations -
    • ‘Limited to motor and/or gas-turbine propelled vessels only’
    • ‘Limited to motor and/or gas-turbine propelled vessels without distilling plants’
    • ‘Limited to motor and/or gas-turbine propelled vessels without waste-heat or auxiliary boilers’
    • ‘Limited to motor and/or steam propelled vessels’
    • ‘Limited to gas-turbine propelled and /or steam propelled vessels
    • ‘Limited to steam propelled vessels’
  • Note: If mariner does NOT complete any of the gas turbine assessments, then you must remove ‘gas-turbine’ from any applicable limitation above.

Approved Training

STCW Endorsement as RFPEW - National Crossover

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Table: STCW Endorsement as RFPEW - National Crossover Credits: USCG 

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