The Small Vessel Engineering Route was brought in to replace the Yacht Engineer Qualifications and create a broader qualification system for Small Vessels.
This was to enable engineers to cross between Yachts, Tugs, Fishing Vessels, Workboats, Standby, Seismic Survey, Oceanographic Research Vessels and Government Patrol Vessels, opening up more opportunities for seafarers.
However, there is a yacht-restricted route for those unable to attain the required sea time for an unrestricted qualification.
There was a transitional period for the last few years that has now come to an end.
Anyone holding a Y CoC who wishes to revalidate can continue to do so but new Y certificates will not be issued.
Those with Y qualifications who wish to progress can convert to the SV route.
Details of the SV qualifications, conversions and yacht-restricted route are outlined in MIN 642 and MSN 1904 (links below).
For those of you working towards your first Yacht Engineering Qualification, you should be looking at registering on the Small Vessel EOOW Programme as soon as you qualify, so as not to miss out on yacht service or sea time.
Yacht Restricted Route:
A minimum of 24 months employed on a vessel with engines greater than 200kw. 6 months must be actually underway for the yacht restricted route.
For the unrestricted route, all 24 months should be at sea. If working on yachts, of the 24 months employed, 16 months must be underway.
Contact the Bluewater Training Team for full details on the registration process and requirements.