Small Vessel Machinery Operator Certificate

The holder of a Small Vessel Machinery Operator Certificate may act as Chief Engineer or Watchkeeping Engineer on a motor vessel, with the following limitations:

  1. Passenger Vessel:
    1. Less than 1,500 kW – Sheltered Waters and Near Coastal Class 2, less than 6 hours duration.
    2. Less than 750 kW – Sheltered Waters and Limited Near Coastal Class 2;
  2. Cargo Vessel less than 2,000 kW – Sheltered Waters and Near Coastal Class 2, less than 6 hours duration;
  3. Tug:
    1. Less than 3,000 kW – Sheltered Waters and Near Coastal Class 2, less than 6 hours duration;
    2. less than 500 GRT – No more than five nautical miles from a sheltered dock.

An Applicant for a Small Vessel Machinery Operator Certificate shall meet the following requirements:

  1. Acquire at least two months of qualifying service as an Engineer or a Rating performing engine-room duties on one or more motor vessels;
  2. Provide the following Certificates to the examiner:
    1. MED with Respect to Small Passenger Vessel Safety (MED A2) Training Certificate;
    2. Marine Basic First Aid.
  3. Pass the following examinations:
    1. Written examination on General Engineering Knowledge of Small Vessels, after meeting the requirements of items 1 and 2 above; and
    2. After passing the examination referred to in paragraph (a),
      1. An oral examination on General Engineering Knowledge of Small Vessels, if applying for an Unrestricted Certificate and
      2. A practical examination on board the vessel in respect of which the Certificate is sought if applying for the Cargo Vessel less than 2,000 kW Restricted Certificate referred to above.