Chief Mate 500GT, Domestic

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Chief Mate 500GT, Domestic Overview

A Chief Mate is second or third in the line of command after the Master or Captain depending on the voyage and vessel. The Mate is responsible for:

  • Loading, stowage, security, and unloading of cargo or tow
  • Ensuring the vessel is well maintained
  • Ensuring the vessel safely avoids other traffic
  • Mooring and anchoring the vessel
  • Keeping fire and security watches
  • Standing in place of the Captain if the Captain is taken ill

Accelerated Marine Certification

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After successfully completing the courses at WMI and Transport Canada oral exam, you can act as:

  • Chief Mate of a vessel 500 gross tonnage or less  engaged on a Near Coastal Voyage, Class 2.
  • Officer in charge of the watch of a vessel 3000 gross tonnage or less engaged on a Near Coastal Voyage, Class 2.
  • Chief Mate of a vessel of 3000 gross tonnage or less engaged on a sheltered-waters voyage.
  • Chief Mate on a vessel of 500 gross tonnage or less engaged on a limited voyage, contiguous waters (adjoining US waters), if endorsed as such.

Requirements for Chief Mate 500GT, Domestic

In order to sit the Transport Canada oral exam, a Chief Mate, 500GT, Domestic Certificate of Competency applicant must:

  • Have 24 months of sea time performing deck duties on a vessel(s) of at least 5 gross tonnage; or
  • Have 12 months of sea time performing deck duties while holding a Chief Mate, 150GT, Domestic certificate

According to the Marine Personnel Regulations, sea service is not a pre-requisite for enrolling in any certificate courses, but students are required to have the appropriate sea service in order to sit the General Seamanship oral exam at Transport Canada as the last step leading to certification.

Transport Canada-Accredited Master 500GT, Domestic Courses