Good News For Deck/Engineer Dual Roles

The new update from the MCA for those on a dual ‘deck/eng’ role wanting to enrol on the SV route.

Visit the PYA for full details but here is a brief overview from them for you to read through:

Clarification on the SV entry requirements for the dual role and the filling in of the Engineering Training Record Book was provided.

For those working in a dual role, who have been doing a minimum of 4h daily duty in the engine room (on average) while the vessel is at sea, their time will be accepted at 100% (evidence might be required) towards the entry requirements for the SV Experienced Route (minimum 24 months onboard service, of which at least 6 months at sea on vessels > 200 kW).

This rule won’t apply post registration on to the SV route, therefore the sea service requirements as stated in MSN 1904 will be doubled for anyone working in a dual role.

Regarding the completion of certain tasks that may prove difficult, the MCA will not make any exceptions unless the candidate can prove the impossibility of doing so otherwise.

The MCA explained that the SV CoC will enable the engineer to work on a variety of yachts and other vessels that will have the equipment mentioned in the TRB on board, therefore the lack of it on the boat that they are serving on will not justify the non-completion of related tasks.

Concerning the signing off tasks by a captain, if the captain has engineering competence that can be proven, then his/her signatures will be fully accepted, if not, they will need to be countersigned by someone with an engineering background/license.

Specific circumstances will always be assessed on an individual basis by contacting the MCA.

The candidate must find alternative ways to complete the requirements
An example of this is inviting a Senior Engineer on board who will mentor the candidate, followed by a detailed report on what was learned showing one understands the principles.
Please speak to one of our training specialists if this is an issue for you as we may be able to help find a solution.

The burden of proof relies on the candidate and the workbook is an imperative tool that must record the essence of the tasks and show they’ve been done correctly.

Incomplete tasks are likely to be the subject of examination during the oral assessment.

The matter showed the potential need for training providers and colleges to fill in the gaps.

We also suggest creating a detailed sheet for every piece of equipment on board for each boat that you’ve worked on and that a copy be sent to the PYA.
This will allow the PYA to start a dossier to submit to the MCA for tasks requiring review based on what equipment is commonly found on board and what isn’t.


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We hope this information was useful, but if you have any more questions please call one of our training centres in Antibes, Fort Lauderdale or Palma and they will be happy to help.

Keep an eye on your CLUB Account for events we are planning for engineers, specifically we’ll be discussing registering on the SV route and we are working on a round table for engineers to discuss and debate the SV route.