We're happy to announce that the winner of this month's #JPMA20 photo competition is Japie Wiedeman, who submitted the photo below.

We were impressed with the standard of entries we received, and would like to thank everyone who entered the competition. Special mentions go to Scarlett Harris and Andy Rigby, who were close contenders. 

 

 

Win a Canon DSLR camera & accessory bundle worth over £300 in our #JPMA20 photo competition.

 

We're celebrating 20 years!

During 2017 JPMA will be running monthly competitions and offers to celebrate our 20th anniversary.

 

Is your Summer season just beginning?

We'd love to see how you're preparing for a long, busy Summer, and what you're getting up to on board, in our photo competition.

Just share your snap on our Facebook post.

The winner will be chosen by our Admin team who are looking for something exciting, fun and different, at sea or on land! Show us how you and your crew prepare for guests, the Boss and the Med season.

The winner will be announced on Friday 30th June - Happy snapping!

 

We are very proud to announce the number of first attempt passes for our oral and written Deck & Engineering exams in 2016.

 

Like last year, and many previous, our results have significantly improved as we continue to provide training for those in the Superyacht, Workboat and Merchant industries. This is all thanks to the fantastic group of experienced marine professionals at JPMA who work very hard to make this possible.

Deck and Engineering modules and oral exams are our speciality. We limit class sizes to ensure our student:instructor ratio gives the best possible outcome of exam and student experience.

In particular, we'd like to boast about the following results:

 


Written exams:

 

Deck OOW & Master modules:
Once again we are delighted to say that our first time pass rates for Master modules are on the rise:
Master Stability
There was a significant increase from previous years - 86% of candidates passed when attempting this exam for the first time at JPMA.

Master Business & Law
2016 saw our students reaching an impressive 89% first attempt pass rate.

 

Engineering modules for Y4/3/2
We have always maintained a very high first attempt pass rate on our engineering modules, all thanks to the fantastic team of instructors who work hard to help students through these. Overall the pass rate for first attempts for Y4/3/2 written exams was 84%.

 

Oral exams:

 

Deck – JPMA are renowned for their well-designed and highly successful deck oral preparation courses and pre-course prep packs, set up by the late Captain John Percival, which have seen thousands of candidates since the late 90’s.

 

Since his unfortunate passing, our deck oral prep instructors have continued John’s legacy, resulting in continued high pass rates on first attempt.

 

The pass rate for OOW has increased again in 2016, to 81%. With more than 8 out of 10 students passing first time, why would you go anywhere else for your OOW oral prep?!

 

Engineering - These results remain at an all-time high. We are particularly pleased with the first attempt pass rate for Y1, which was 100% in 2016.

 

 

Overall, these results reflect the commitment and determination that not only our students show, but also our instructors, who continue to enable seafarers to reach milestones within their Yachting careers.

 

The STCW Convention 1978 has been amended by the 2010 Manila Amendments and contains new requirements for all seafarers. In addition, the MCA have recently made changes to the pre-requisites for issuing UK STCW CoCs:

1) Updating-Refresher Training for STCW - All Seafarers.

2) Requirements for Deck & Engineering Yacht CoC Applications.

3) Seafarers revalidating their Certificates of Competency (CoC) after 31st December 2016. 

4) Security training.

5) Changes to Yacht Service Verification Process.

(full details can be found in:

MSN 1858 - UK requirements for Deck Officers on Large Yachts;

MSN 1859 - UK requirements for Engineer Officers on Large Yachts;

MIN 480 - Security Training; 

MIN 482 - HELM Courses;

MSN 1865 - Updating Training;

MIN 543 - Sea Service Verification on Large Yachts.

or visit the MCA website):

 

1) Updating-Refresher Training for STCW - All Seafarers

Many people are still confused by this, but it is very simple - if you are working on-board (or applying for/revalidating a CoC) after 1st January 2017, and you hold any of these certificates, they must be less than 5 years old, or you'll need to enrol on a refresher course for each of the certificates you hold:

  • Personal Survival Techniques¹;
  • Basic Fire Fighting²;
  • Proficiency in Survival Craft & Rescue Boats (PSC & RB);
  • Advanced Fire Fighting;
  • Proficiency in Fast Rescue Boats.

Port State Control can detain your vessel if your paperwork is not correct.

If you hold the Advanced Sea Survival for Yachtsmen certificate, you can refresh this too. You can enrol on a refresher course either for the Advanced Sea Survival, or at a school that runs the PSC&RB refresher, but with the latter you will still have a limitation on the certificate (not valid for use on vessels with lifeboats launched by davits). The Advanced Sea Survival course is going to be re-named PSC & RB (Restricted) to avoid any confusion in future. 

In the same vain, if you hold the PSC&RB, and you can't get to a school that runs the refresher course, you can enrol with a school that runs the Advanced Sea Survival refresher, but your PSC&RB will have the negative endorsement applied to it. This can be removed by doing the PSC&RB refresher at a later date.

 

STCW permits some elements of the updating training to be carried out on-board ship (with the exception of Basic Fire Fighting). You can complete a self-declaration form, which can be found as an annex of MSN 1865. You must still attend an updating course at an approved training centre, but the courses are significantly shorter than the full updating training.

 

¹If you need to update your PSC&RB, you must also update the PST. The update of PST is required whether or not it was part of your original certificate training.

²If you need to update your Advanced Fire Fighting, you must also update Basic Fire Fighting. The update of Advanced is required whether or not Basic was part of your original certificate training.

 

There are very few places remaining at schools worldwide, but we urge you to complete this training in time, as the consequences could be expensive.

JPMA do not offer this training, but we will be happy to give guidance and point you in the right direction for your training elsewhere.

 

2) New requirements for Deck & Engineering Yacht CoC Applications:

a. All Deck & Engineering CoC Applicants

Non-STCW Advanced Sea Survival certificates are accepted instead of Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats (CPSC & RB), but your CoC will be endorsed with the following limitation: "not for use on ships equipped with davit launched lifeboats"

Updating Training for CoC applications- anyone serving on board ship, who holds any of the following certificates must, as of 1st January 2017, have documentary evidence of either completing the training course or updating training within the last 5 years (see item 2 for further info):

  • Personal Survival Techniques
  • Proficiency in Survival Craft & Rescue Boats (CPSC & RB)
  • Proficiency in Fast Rescue Boats (PFRB)
  • Basic Fire Fighting
  • Advanced Fire Fighting

b. Changes to OOW Yachts <3000gt & Master (Code Vessels) <200gt

Applicants for a Master <200 NoE must now submit proof of 6 months sea service whilst holding an RYA or IYT Yachtmaster Offshore CoC.

All OOW Yachts and Master <200 candidates are required to submit a 3 day Human Element Leadership & Management (HELM Operational) course certificate, when applying for their CoC.

Applicants for OOW Yachts CoCs will no longer automatically receive the Master (Code Vessels) <200 endorsement on the CoC. To obtain this endorsement on your OOW CoC, you must apply for a Master <200 NoE, and sit a separate oral exam.

OOW Yachts applicants are required to undertake an Efficient Deck Hand (EDH) course when applying for their CoC. From 1st January 2017, this certificate must have been issued at least 18 months prior to the issue of your CoC.

All new OOW CoC applications must also be accompanied by an ECDIS certificate

OOW candidates are required to hold an RYA Yachtmaster Offshore CoC (or IYT Master of Yachts <200gt). To obtain a YM Offshore CoC, candidates must have undertaken half of their qualifying mileage (1250 miles) on vessels <24 metres. For those candidates who have been working on larger vessels, this is a difficult goal to achieve. The MCA have announced that they will now accept Yachtmaster Coastal as an alternative to Yachtmaster Offshore. See this page of our website for further information.

c. Changes to Chief Mate Yachts <3000gt

Chief Mate candidates are required to submit a 5 day Human Element Leadership & Management (HELM Management) course certificate, when applying for their CoC. (If you do not currently hold an OOW <3000gt CoC, you will need to do both the 3 day and 5 day HELM courses before the MCA can issue a Chief Mate CoC)

Chief Mate Candidates are also required to submit an ECDIS certificate when applying for their CoC.

d. Changes to Master Yachts <500gt & <3000gt 

Master candidates are required to submit a 5 day Human Element Leadership & Management (HELM Management) course certificate, when applying for their CoC.

Master candidates are also required to submit an ECDIS certificate when applying for their CoC (if this has not already been submitted with their Chief Mate CoC application).

The Master Celestial Navigation exam is now required for issue of a Master CoC. The certificate must be no more than 1 year old when applying for the issue of your CoC. The exam pass certificate is all that is required by the MCA, but JPMA offers a refresher course prior to the exam, for those people who wish to brush up on their Astro Nav skills – see our Course Dates page.

e. Changes to MEOL

MEOL applicants are now required to submit proof of service on board vessels of 200kW or more in propulsion power. The length of service required has not changed.

f. Changes to Y4 & Y3

Y4 and Y3 candidates are required to submit a 3 day Human Element Leadership & Management (HELM Operational) course certificate, when applying for their CoC. Also, applicants are now required to submit proof of service on board vessels of 350kW or more in propulsion power. The length of service required has not changed.

g. Changes to Y2 & Y1

Y2 and Y1 candidates are required to submit a 5 day Human Element Leadership & Management (HELM Management) course certificate, when applying for their CoC. Y2 applicants are now required to submit proof of service on board vessels of 350kW or more in propulsion power. The length of service required has not changed. Y1 applicants are required to submit proof of service on board motor vessels of 1500kW or more in propulsion power and at least 500gt, or on board sailing vessels of 1500kW or more in propulsion power and at least 1000gt. The length of service required has not changed.

NOTE: Being in possession of an NoE issued under the old regulations does not exempt you from doing these new courses.

 

3) Seafarers revalidating their Certificates of Competency (CoC) will be required to submit additional evidence to ensure their Certificate is valid for service on certain types of ships after 31st December 2016.  

a. Updating-Refresher Training Requirements

The 2010 Manila Amendments to the STCW Code bring in new requirements for seafarers required to hold any of the following safety training courses:

•  Personal Survival Techniques (STCW Table A-VI/1-1)

•  Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting (STCW Table A-VI/1-2)

•  Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats Other Than Fast Rescue Boats (STCW Table A-VI/2-1)

•  Proficiency in Fast Rescue Boats (STCW Table A-VI/2-2)

•  Advanced Fire Fighting (STCW Table A-VI/3)

Seafarers required to hold any of the above certificates of proficiency shall, every five years, provide evidence of having maintained the required standard of competence, to undertake the tasks, duties and responsibilities specified in the above stated tables.

Seafarers revalidating their Certificates of Competency (CoC) after 1 January 2017 will be required to submit documentary evidence of having completed MCA approved updating-refresher training.  There is no requirement to provide documentary evidence for having completed updating-refresher training if a seafarer applies for CoC revalidation before 1 January 2017.

From 1 January 2017 Port State Control Officers may require seafarers to provide documentary evidence of having maintained the required standard of competence, to undertake the tasks, duties and responsibilities listed above.

Presenting the documentary evidence obtained on completing an MCA approved updating-refresher course will meet this requirement.

b. Deck Certificate of Competency Revalidation, ECDIS requirements

The 2010 Manila Amendments to the STCW Code bring in the requirement for Deck Officers working onboard ships fitted with an Electronic Chart Display Information System (ECDIS) to undergo specific education and training.

As of 1 January 2012 seafarers requiring revalidation of UK CoCs issued in compliance with STCW Regulation II/1, II/2 and II/3 (maintain a safe navigational watch; use of ECDIS to maintain safety of navigation; and maintain the safety of navigation through the use of ECDIS and associated navigation systems to assist command decision making) need to comply with the new STCW requirements to ensure their CoC remains valid on ships fitted with ECDIS after 31 December 2016.

For the revalidation of UK CoC valid after 31 December 2016, the seafarer must have completed one of the following:

•  MCA approved Navigation Radar and ARPA Simulator (NARAS)/ Navigation Aids and Equipment and Simulator Training (NAEST) (Operational Level) course completed on or after 1 January 2005; or

•  MCA approved NARAS/ NAEST (Management Level) course completed on or after 1 January 2005; or

•  MCA approved ECDIS course completed on or after 1 January 2005; or

•  ECDIS simulator training course in compliance with IMO Model Course 1.27, accepted by the MCA and approved by an Administration whose CoC the MCA accept for the issue of a CEC.

The original course certificate must be submitted with the application. Deck Officers not meeting the above requirement will receive the following CoC limitation:

“From the 1 January 2017 this certificate is not valid for service on ships fitted with ECDIS”.

Deck Officers may subsequently request the removal of this limitation by providing documentary evidence of MCA approved ECDIS training

c. Engineering Certificate of Competency Revalidation, High Voltage (HV) requirements

The 2010 Manila Amendments to the STCW Code bring in the requirement for engineers to undergo education and training in High Voltage systems, at both the operational and management levels. This requirement comes into force on the 1 January 2017 but will affect the revalidation of Engineering Certificates of Competency (CoC) from 1 January 2012. There is no requirement for additional training to be undertaken by all existing Engineer Officers, whether or not they intend to work on ships having High Voltage systems. However, High Voltage training requirements will be incorporated in the future training programmes of Engineer Officers at both the operational and management levels.

No additional action is required for Engineer Officers who do not work on and do not intend to work on ships with High Voltage systems. These Engineer Officers will receive the following CoC limitation:

“From 1 January 2017 this certificate is not valid for service on ships fitted with High Voltage (over 1000V) systems”.

Engineer Officers who do not want this limitation placed on their CoC should read the following section applicable to their Certificate.

Note: A High Voltage (over 1000V) system is where voltage is generated and distributed at high voltage or transformed to and distributed at high voltage. It does not include systems where high voltage is utilised locally e.g. ignition systems, radio transmission, Radar and other navigational equipment.

EOOW CoC Reg. III/1 (Operational Level)

To avoid having the High Voltage limitation, Engineer Officers of the Watch will need to show compliance with the 2010 Manila Amendments. In addition to the current revalidation requirements, they will have to provide documentary evidence of:

•  completion of High Voltage (HV) course(*); or

•  completion of the following sea service in the engine room on vessels fitted with HV systems;

•  six months in the preceding five years; or

•  three months sea service during the last twelve months.

Sea service evidence can be provided in the form of a company letter signed by an authorised official within the company.

Second/Chief Engineer Officer CoC Reg. III/2 and III/3 (Management Level)

To avoid having the High Voltage limitation, Senior Engineer Officers will need to show compliance with 2010 Manila Amendments. In addition to the current revalidation requirements, they will have to provide documentary evidence of completion of High Voltage (HV) course (*).

* High Voltage Courses

Courses previously undertaken prior to 1 July 2013 do not need to be MCA approved but you must provide documentary evidence confirming the course covers at least the following topics:

at the operational level

•  The hazards associated with High Voltage systems;

•  The functional, operational and safety requirements for a marine high-voltage system;

•  Basic arrangement of High Voltage systems and their protective devices;

•  Safety procedures related to High Voltage systems; and

•  Immediate actions to be taken under fault conditions.

at the management level

•  The functional, operational and safety requirements for a marine high-voltage system;

•  Assignment of suitably qualified personnel to carry out maintenance and repair of high-voltage switchgear of various types;

•  Taking remedial action necessary during faults in a high-voltage system;

•  Producing a switching strategy for isolating components of a high-voltage system;

•  Selecting suitable apparatus for isolation and testing of high-voltage equipment;

•  Carrying out a switching and isolation procedure on a marine high-voltage system, complete with safety documentation; and

•  Performing tests of insulation resistance and polarization index on high-voltage equipment.

The original certificate and course syllabus must be submitted with the application.

Engineer Officers may subsequently request the removal of the High Voltage limitation by providing documentary evidence of a High Voltage training course that includes the required topics.  

 

4) Security training is required by all personnel employed or engaged on board ships to which the ISPS Code applies. These regulations came into force on 1st January 2014. 

In addition to the existing Ship Security Officer (SSO) training (which is unchanged) the amendments to the STCW Convention brings in new levels of security training:

•  Security related familiarisation (on board training);

•  Proficiency in security awareness (half day course);

•  Proficiency in designated security duties (1 day course).

NOTE: As all yacht crew are usually engaged in security duties as part of the ships security plan, it is strongly recommended that the 1 day Proficiency in Designated Security Duties course be completed, rather than the half day Proficiency in Security Awareness course.

There are grandfather clauses which allow seafarers with previous equivalent training and those with relevant sea service prior to 1st January 2012 to be issued with a certificate of proficiency without undertaking further training.

 

5) Changes to Yacht Service Verification Process

The MCA have recently formalised an arrangement with the PYA and Nautilus for them to verify all sea service before it is submitted with an NoE application.

You do not need to be a member of either organisation to have your service verified, but there may be a charge for this service for non-members.

MIN 543 details the requirements, but failure to have your service verified by one of these organisations prior to applying for your NoE will cause severe processing delays of around 160 days.

The service requirements are relevant to all routes laid out in:

MSN 1858 - Deck Officers on Large Yachts;

MSN 1859 - Engineer Officers on Large Yachts;

MIN 524 - Small Vessel Engineer Officers (Yacht applicants only);

MSN 1861 - Revalidating CoCs.

 

Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you need more advice about these changes in requirements.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We're celebrating 20 years!

During 2017 JPMA will be running monthly competitions and offers to celebrate our 20th anniversary.

January's competition is 'Who's Who?' - we've given you 20 photos of some of the JPMA crew from 20 years ago (or more, in some cases!). Can you guess who they are? There are multiple choice answers for those who aren't sure, and you can also have a sneaky peek at our JPMA Crew page to see if you recognise any faces.

Email your 20 answers to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 31st January. Correct answers will be put into a draw to win January's prize of a pair of Skullcandy Bluetooth Headphones.

 

1)                                                                                                      

                                

a - Paul Foulds

b - Brian Fogg

c - Rosalind Whiteley

 

2)

 

 a - David White

b - Martin Henderson

c - Ian Pakula

 

3)

a - Steve Barrowman

b - Iain Woodside

c - Jamie Fanning

 

4)

a - Phil Don

b - Paul Foulds

c - David Rainsbury

 

5)

a - Robbie Gould

b - Mike Diggle

c - Andy Vidamour

 

6)

a - Julie Davies

b - Catherine Lucas

c - Bill Marr

 

7)

a - John Percival-Harris

b - Andy Vidamour

c - Mike Nash

 

8)

a - David Jones

b - Paul Foulds

c - Greg Hunt

 

9)

a - Stephen Lennon

b - David White

c - Brian Fogg

 

10)

a - Bill Marr

b - Geoff Butt

c - John Percival

 

11)

a - Keith Cederholm

b - Robbie Gould

c - David Rainsbury

 

12)

a - Emma Oakden

b - Catherine Lucas

c - Anna Percival-Harris

 

13)

a - Iain Woodside

b - Peter Lewis

c - Andy Vidamour

 

14)

a - Bill Marr

b - Ian Pakula

c - Stephen Lennon

 

15)

a - Anna Percival-Harris

b - Rosalind Whiteley

c - Michelle Heighton

 

16)

a - Peter Lewis

b - Keith Cederholm

c - John Percival

 

17)

a - John Percival-Harris

b - Mike Diggle

c - Brian Fogg

 

18)

a - Julie Davies

b - Rosalind Whiteley

c - Michelle Heighton

 

19)

a - Iain Woodside

b - Ian Pakula

c - David Rainsbury

 

20)

a - Catherine Lucas

b - Julie Davies

c - Keith Cederholm

 

Thank you to everyone who allowed us to use their photos - you're all gorgeous!

 

 

2016 Winner Announced: 

On the final day of the busiest Monaco Yacht Show in many years, we were delighted to announce the winner of the 2016 John Percival Leadership Award.

Cy Wastell was nominated by his Captain, who had the following to say:

"During the last 2 years, I have watched Cy set the highest example to his crew mates and make every effort possible to guide, assist and lead his team in furthering their own knowledge and skills.

Cy has written quizzes, training documents and designed information training for crew members in his own time. He has voluntarily worked alongside lookouts and helped less experienced crew members learn to become sound watch keepers. He is regularly to be found teaching someone how to mix paint, apply varnish, and correct charts or tie knots after the work day is over.

Cy is also learning and has an insatiable appetite for anything I can teach him, and this in turn sets the example that everyone can learn, no matter how experienced they are.

I believe he is one of a relatively small number of modern, young crew members who respect and value the basic true concept of seamanship"

On hearing the news that he had won the award, Cy said:

"Thank you very, very much! John was a good man who I had the chance to meet a handful of times, and I am truly humbled, first of all, to have even been nominated, and then to have been selected to receive the award in memory of John's ambitions and values. It's a real honour."

 

Cy transiting the Pedro-Miguel lock in the Panama Canal.

 

"Commitment to Training, Commitment to Crew"

Captain John Percival was an ambassador for on-board training and encouraging investment in a yacht's crew.

JPMA, the yacht training centre he founded, aims to promote high standards in all levels of crew, in all departments, inspiring students to return to their vessel emboldened and ready to nurture junior crew. 

In his memory, the John Percival Leadership Award was created, to reward crew members, at all levels, who personify that ideal. The award is now in its third year.

 

Calling all crew - do you have a true leader on board?

 

Does your Bosun guide you in your career decisions, sharing knowledge and recommending courses?

 

 

  

 Does your Engineer explain what goes on within the engine room, letting you shadow engine room checks?

 

   

Does your Chef share tips and techniques, encouraging crew to expand their culinary knowledge and abilities?

 

 

  

If so - tell us! 

 

Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. explaining why a member of your crew (past or present) deserves to be the recipient of the 2016 John Percival Leadership Award.

The award will be presented during the 2016 Monaco Yacht Show, so please send your nomination by Friday 30th September.

 

 

 

 Photos courtesy of Edward Windeler-Bennett