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Minimum Requirements for Seafarers - Offshore Engineers

Posted by: Nina Dransfield

We are lucky enough to work with highly skilled and knowledgeable seafarers. In this blog series, we’re exploring what it takes to be a seafarer and what qualifications are required. The last instalment of our blog series covered the minimum requirements for Offshore Crane Operators to work on vessels. In this edition we will be looking at the requirements and responsibilities for Engineering Officers.

The Chief Engineering Officer is responsible for the equipment onboard the vessel – be it hydraulic, pneumatic, mechanical or electrical – and the engineering department. That’s a lot of responsibility! Thankfully, they are assisted by a team of engineers, which typically includes the Second Engineering Officer, Third Engineer, Junior Engineer and Trainee Engineering Officer/Cadet.

A Marine Engineer helps to ensure the smooth running of the ship’s mechanical and electrical equipment on-board. This includes carrying out repair work, inspections and maintenance of propulsion systems, desk machinery, passenger systems and refrigeration machinery. They also manage distribution systems, fuelling and power. Marine Engineers may work exclusively in one area such as the propulsion systems or their job may be more generalised to oversee all aspects of the vessel.

Certification Requirements:

  • Certificate of Competency or Certificate of Equivalent Competency – specified to rank and flag of vessel
  • ENG1 or equivalent Medical
  • Basic Training
  • STCW Personal Survival Techniques
  • STCW Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities
  • STCW Elementary First Aid
  • STCW Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting
  • Proficiency in Security Awareness
  • Proficiency in Designated Security Duties
  • Advanced Training
  • Proficiency in Medical First Aid
  • Proficiency in Advanced Fire Fighting
  • Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats (PSC & RB) other than Fast Rescue Boats
  • High Voltage Training

*All certifications must be valid and in date.


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