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How do I revalidate any COC?
How do I download forms?
How do I apply for a CEC?
How do I revalidate my RYA Yachtmaster Commercial Endorsement?
Who is an MCA qualified doctor
How long are my certificates valid for?
When do my medical certificates run out?
Am I exempt from the crafts skills test?
Can I do an MEOL in Antibes?
Do I need STCW basic training to get a job?
I have an IYT Offshore Ticket - can I do an RYA Ocean course?
I have an RYA Yachtmaster Certificate of Service. Will this be accepted as part of my application to the MCA?
How do I revalidate my GMDSS after 5 years?
How do I revalidate my GMDSS after 5 years?
Who do I contact at the MCA?
Can I work on British Flag Vessels with a Certificate Issued by Another Country?
How much for a Commercial Endorsement?
How do I apply for a Seaman's Discharge Book?
How long before I can do a resit after a "fail" result?
How do I fill in my TRB?
What is the cancellation policy for courses booked with bluewater training?
How do I revalidate any COC?
Send to: Registry of Shipping and Seamen, Anchor Court, Keen Road, Cardiff CF24 5JW Tel: 44 2920 448800 Application form MSF4201, original certificate, 2 x passport photos (1 with your name and "I certify etc" the other with name and date of birth), Testimonials (12 months seatime in the last 5 years), Discharge Book, Valid ENG1, Fee of GBP36.00. The Cardiff office will revalidate both the GMDSS and COC at the same time. Just for a simple revalidation then the documents can be sent into Southampton. Additional information can be found in MGN 214.
How do I download forms?
On the MCA website: www.mcga.gov.uk. Click on top left: WORKING AT SEA and follow (I) TRAINING & CERTIFICATION (II) APPLICATION FORMS and find the relevant form.
How do I apply for a CEC?
You need to download form MSF4203 from the MCA website. Complete the form and include the following documents: - Completed application form - Non-UK Certificate of Competency - GMDSS certificate (Deck officers only) - Passport or discharge book - Evidence of competency in English language - Two passport size photographs - Fee You can send your application to: Seafarer Training and Certification Branch Maritime and Coastal Agency Spring Place, 105 Commercial Road Southampton, SO15 1EG UK
How do I revalidate my RYA Yachtmaster Commercial Endorsement?
Send to the Royal Yachting Association, RYA House, Ensign Way, Hamble, Southampton SO31 4YA. +44 (8453) 450400 Original Yachtmaster, 2 photos, valid ENG1 or ML5, proof of seatime, a covering letter authorising them to take the fee.
Who is an MCA qualified doctor
There are 2 doctors in France who can do ENG1 and ML5 medicals. Dr Patrick Ireland Le Forum, 1913 Route de Cannes, Valbonne, 06560 Tel: 04 93 12 95 66 Dr Elizabeth Lefebvre 69 Boulevard Wilson 06160 Juan les Pins Tel: 04 92 93 07 70
How long are my certificates valid for?
All MCA exam certificates last for 3 years. After this date you can resit the exam only with an exam fee cost. If, however you fail the exam, you will need to redo the course. You then have 2 chances to do the exam.
When do my medical certificates run out?
Med FA/Medical Care at Sea is valid for 5 years. You will need to redo only Medical Care at Sea to keep it in date. As Captain, or the designated medical person in charge, your certificates should always be in date. However, you do not need to send this certificate when you revalidate your CoC.
Am I exempt from the crafts skills test?
This depends on whether you have a trade in mechanics and a letter from the country where you did the trade. You will still need to contact the MCA with a Letter of Initial Assessment, outlining your qualifications and sea time/yacht time.
Can I do an MEOL in Antibes?
No, this is an exam only and has to be done through one of the MCA marine offices in the UK. If you have enough sea time as an engineer on a yacht, you may not need to do an MEOL.
Do I need STCW basic training to get a job?
Yes! You will not get a job on a charter yacht without the STCW95 basic training, and it is required by the vast majority of private yachts. Any MCA compliant yacht over 500 gt will require all crew to have STCW95.
I have an IYT Offshore Ticket - can I do an RYA Ocean course?
No, unfortunately, even though the MCA recognise both tickets, the RYA will not accept another offshore theory ticket as a pre-requisite to doing a RYA Ocean ticket.
I have an RYA Yachtmaster Certificate of Service. Will this be accepted as part of my application to the MCA?
No, if you hold a certificate of service, and you are applying for an OOW NOE, you will need to sit a Yachtmaster practical exam. Once you have acquired a Yachtmaster offshore ticket, you can apply to the MCA in the normal way.
How do I revalidate my GMDSS after 5 years?
Send to MCA, Spring Place, 105 Commercial Road, Southampton SO15 1EG Tel: 00 44 2380 329 100 Application form MSF4353, original Certificate, Valid ENG1, Proof of 1 years yacht service (testimonials/log book), Fee €20.00.
How do I revalidate my GMDSS after 5 years?
Send to MCA, Spring Place, 105 Commercial Road, Southampton SO15 1EG Tel: 00 44 2380 329 100 Application form MSF4353, original Certificate, Valid ENG1, Proof of 1 years yacht service (testimonials/log book), Fee €20.00.
Who do I contact at the MCA?
Helpline: 44 (0)2380 329231. You don't need to wait for the operator to ask you questions, you can just select 1 for Deck or GMDSS, select 2 for Engineering or Safe Manning or select 3 for Certificates of Equivalent Competency
Can I work on British Flag Vessels with a Certificate Issued by Another Country?
Yes, the MCA recognises STCW95 endorsed tickets from other countries. You should check the MCA website (www.mcga.gov.uk/c4mca/mega07-home/workingatsea/mega-trainingandcert/mcga-ds-stc-applink.html) for an updated list. The MCA should issue a Certificate of Equivalent Competency (CEC) with the same limitations as the original certificate. How do I apply for a CEC? You need to download form MSF4203 from the MCA website. Complete the form and include the following documents: - Completed application form - Non-UK Certificate of Competency - GMDSS certificate (Deck officers only) - Passport or discharge book - Evidence of competency in English language - Two passport size photographs - Fee
How much for a Commercial Endorsement?
€25.00
How do I apply for a Seaman's Discharge Book?
Go to the MCA website. Do a search for MSF 4509. Click onto the second list and the form can be downloaded. The cost is by post €35.00. Or we do have forms in the office.
How long before I can do a resit after a "fail" result?
For OOW and Master Deck courses, you may resit the failed exam as soon as you can organise a date with your training provider. In most cases you must resit any failed exam within 12 months of sitting the original. If you fail a second time, you must retake the whole course before re-attempting the exam. For Engineering courses, you are able to resit the exam as many times as it takes without having to retake the course.
How do I fill in my TRB?
Carefully! All tasks are to be completed and signed off by your Captain. None of the tasks should be signed off at the same time. If you are the Captain, you can sign the tasks off yourself, but the MCA will require, with your application for OOW, a letter from someone higher up than yourself, ie owner, management company, or PYA, explaining why you have self assessed. Record books should be filled in over a 1-3 year period. Dates must correspond to time on vessels, with corresponding testimonials. Don't sign off tasks all on the same date.
What is the cancellation policy for courses booked with bluewater training?
Candidates will be refunded without penalty if they cancel more than one month before the course is due to start. After this time until one week before the course is due to start they have a choice: Either Bluewater will refund half the deposit or we will transfer the whole deposit to a later course. Cancellation within 24 hours results in the loss of all monies without refund or transfer. Within 1 week of the start of the course we will retain 50% of the deposit and allow you to use the balance to reserve a place on a later course wthin 12 months. The remaining deposit can only be transferred once. Cancellation within 24 hours results in the loss of all monies without refund or transfer. Please contact our office for information on cancelling any engineering exams.

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