The MCA have recently launched a new Engineering qualification for Engineers wanting to work on 'Small Vessels': Fishing Vessels, Yachts, Tugs, Workboats, Standby, Seismic Survey, Oceanographic Research Vessels and Government Patrol Vessels. This means the CoCs gained through this route will be transferrable between the above industries.

The CoCs available on this route are:

Second Engineer SV <3000GT & <9000kW CoC (similar to Y4)

Chief Engineer SV <500GT & <3000kW CoC (similar to Y3/2)

Chief Engineer SV <3000GT & <9000kW CoC (similar to Y1)

 

If you are a Yacht Engineer, you only need to follow this new qualification route if you plan to work in more than one of the above industries. This route is not replacing the existing Yacht Engineering qualifications at this time, however the Yacht Engineer CoCs will eventually be phased out after a number of years. Once the MCA stop issuing Yacht CoCs, they will still be recognised, and you will be able to revalidate a Yacht CoC every 5 years.

If you are already working towards a Yacht CoC, you can continue on the Yacht route, until such time you choose to convert to a Small Vessel Engineering CoC, or the MCA cease issuing the Yacht CoCs. There are pathways into the Small Vessel CoC route, for anyone already holding a Yacht Engineer CoC. Once the Yacht CoCs are phased out, these pathways can be used when you choose to gain the next level of CoC.

 

Converting from a Yacht CoC to a Small Vessel CoC

The different ways to convert your Yacht CoC to an SV CoC are laid out in detail in MIN 524, but we have listed the basics for you here:

 

If you hold a Y4 CoC;

Conversion A1 - converting Y4 to 2nd Engineer SV <3000GT & <9000kW

whilst holding a Y4 CoC, complete 6 months SEA service on yachts of at least 350kW or take the 2nd Engineer SV oral exam.

Conversion A2 - converting Y4 to Chief Engineer SV <500GT & <3000kW

whilst holding a Y4 CoC, complete 6 months SEA service on yachts of at least 350kW.

successfully complete the SV Statutory & Operational Requirements module

complete the HELM Management level course

pass the oral exam for Chief Engineer SV <500GT & <3000kW.

NOTE: This conversion is equivalent to upgrading Y4 to Y2 - there is a requirement for deeper knowledge of refrigeration, electrical & other subjects that would normally have been covered in either Y2 Advanced Hotel Services or SV Auxiliary Equipment II. As you are not required to do either of these courses, there is likely to be a large knowledge gap, and therefore we offer an extra day of oral preparation before our usual oral prep course.

Conversion A3 - converting Y4 to Chief Engineer SV <3000GT & <9000kW

whilst holding a Y4 CoC, complete 6 months SEA service on yachts of at least 350kW, including a minimum of 3 months service on yachts of 750kW or more

successfully complete the SV Statutory & Operational Requirements, SV Applied Marine Engineering & General Science I & II modules

complete the HELM Management level course

pass the oral exam for Chief Engineer SV <3000GT & <9000kW.

NOTE: This conversion is equivalent to upgrading Y4 to Y1, therefore we strongly advise that you only continue along this route if you feel you have adequate experience - there is a requirement for deeper knowledge of refrigeration, electrical & other subjects that would normally have been covered in either Y2 Advanced Hotel Services or SV Auxiliary Equipment II. As you are not required to do either of these courses, there is likely to be a large knowledge gap, and therefore we offer an extra day of oral preparation before our usual oral prep course.

 

If you hold a Y3 CoC;

Conversion B - converting Y3 to Chief Engineer SV <500GT & <3000kW

this is a direct conversion, with no service requirements, however you must complete the HELM Management level course

Conversion C - converting Y3 to Chief Engineer SV <3000GT & <9000kW

whilst holding a Y4 CoC, complete 6 months SEA service, or whilst holding a Y3 CoC, complete 3 months SEA service.

successfully complete the SV Applied Marine Engineering & General Science I & II modules

complete the HELM Management level course

pass the oral exam for Chief Engineer SV <3000GT & <9000kW.

NOTE: This conversion is equivalent to upgrading Y3 to Y1 - there is a requirement for deeper knowledge of refrigeration, electrical & other subjects that would normally have been covered in either Y2 Advanced Hotel Services or SV Auxiliary Equipment II. As you are not required to do either of these courses, there is likely to be a large knowledge gap, and therefore we offer an extra day of oral preparation before our usual oral prep course.

 

If you hold a Y2 CoC;

Conversion D - converting Y2 to Chief Engineer SV <3000GT & <9000kW

whilst holding a Y2 CoC, complete 3 months SEA service on yachts of at least 750kW

complete the HELM Management level course (if you gained your Y2 CoC before HELM M was a requirement)

pass the oral exam for Chief Engineer SV <3000GT & <9000kW.

 

If you hold a Y1 CoC;

Conversion E - converting Y1 to Chief Engineer SV <3000GT & <9000kW

this is a direct conversion, with no courses or service requirements

(you must complete the HELM Management level course if you gained your Y1 CoC before HELM M was a requirement)

 

Guidance for those who do not already hold a Yacht CoC 

For Yacht candidates, the 'Experienced Seafarer Route' should be used (see flow chart on page 34 of the M Notice). This contains various courses whose names will be familiar to you already (Auxiliary Equipment, Marine Diesel Engines, Applied Marine Engineering, General Science I & II etc). The content has changed only slightly, but you must undertake the specific Small Vessel version of each course, rather than the Yacht module.

Section 3.4 of the M Notice details the exact service and training required for the first of the SV CoCs - Second Engineer SV <3000GT & <9000kW CoC. There is also a training record book which you must complete. Click here to see details of the training record book.

You may still work towards a Y4 CoC if you do not wish to proceed down the Small Vessel route. The MCA will continue to issue Yacht CoCs while there is a demand for them from the Yacht industry.

  

Click here to see the application form for these CoCs 

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