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If you are starting, partway through your career at sea then the MCA sea time requirements are something to think about.
If you are working on Superyachts and are, or are thinking of making a career in the industry then you must record your sea time. As well as Sea time are all the ancillary courses you complete as you progress through your career. Details of MCA sea time the qualifications required for OOW to Master can be found in MSN 1858.
To understand the jargon we have taken the key points from the RYA and MCA, which are highlighted below.
Once you have gained experience as a Deckhand, the next step for you would be the RYA Yachtmaster Offshore. To progress to a Lead Deckhand or Bosun normally requires candidates to hold the Yachtmaster Offshore.
To qualify as an RYA Yachtmaster, your sea time is recorded as “miles” sailed or motored.
To record the miles gained on a motor or sail yacht you can record your sea time by:
From the day you start work on a yacht you will be gaining experience onboard. The MCA has strict protocols on how your sea time needs to be documented. After the end of each period onboard you can document your sea time.
Yachts are not always at sea, sometimes they are at anchor or in the shipyard. The MCA recognise that even though you are not at sea the experience gained counts. Therefore, the MCA came up with the following definitions:
Recording your sea service will need to be done using one of the following documents:
Before sitting your exam for Officer of the watch or Master, your sea time will need to be verified by the PYA or Nautilus.
Sea service can be made up of the following:
There is no additional sea time required to qualify as a Chief Mate. Furthermore, You can apply for a Chief mates certificate of competence at the same time as applying for OOW, assuming you have completed all the ancillary courses detailed in the link above.
The main difference is that to apply for Chief mate, you must complete RYA Yachtmaster Ocean.
You must hold the Officer of the watch certificate of competency, as well as the following sea time.
To qualify as Master 3000GT (yachts) you must have the following sea time, in addition to that of an OOW.