Deck Officers & Rating Courses

Officers in Charge of Navigational Watch (OICNW)

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Words from a ship's OICNW...

The work is not easy. You have huge responsibilites on your shoulders. But nothing beats the pleasure of getting to see the sunrise and the sunset at sea. Those beautiful colors make you forget all worries. The sea is an enchantress. Sometimes it's calm, and at times it is ferocious. No wonder they say, only the best men go to sea!

An Officer in Charge of Navigational Watch is also referred to as a Deck Officer and is assigned with the duties of watch keeping and safe navigation of the ship. This program will prepare the learner for his/her Cadetship to obtain the sea service component and eventually qualify as a Deck Officer and sail as a third/second mate on a deep-sea vessel.

The OICNW-2 will be equivalent to a STCW endorsement for operational level officer of the deck department on an ocean-going merchant ship. The OICNW duties consist of but are not limited to the duties of a National Mate’s credential. OICNW is an STCW endorsement that applies to MMC Officer Endorsements with tonnage limitations greater than 200 tons (500 tons) or more and either a near coastal or ocean route.

The Program comprises of eight (8) individual courses with end of course assessments.  Candidates must pass all eight course assessments to be eligible for the OICNW Endorsement by the USCG.

Course Modules:

  1. Q100- Rules of the Road: Inland and International
  2. Q111- Deck General
  3. Q112- Deck Safety
  4. Q113- Navigation General: Near Coastal
  5. Q114- Navigation General: Oceans
  6. Q115- Navigation Problems: Chart Plot
  7. Q116- Navigation Problems: Near Coastal
  8. Q117- Navigation Problems: Oceans

The Benefits of ECM’s Online Courses:

Flexible course enrollment
Interactive online program proctored by industry experts
Affordable and convenient with volume license discounts for corporate customers
USCG approved certificate of completion issued upon successful program completion

Upon registration, courses are conveniently accessible online for candidates to participate at their own pace and on their own schedule.


Able Seaman

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The work can be physically demanding... enduring icy winds and cold rain on exposed decks during winter months... It can involve descending ladders and pulling ropes wearing protective gears. Working on a commercial vessel of any kind is hard work. But for the adventure at sea and an average salary of $50,421 per year, it all works out well for a young recruit.

This course incorporates the standards of competence as outlined in Table A-II/4 of STCW 2010, as amended and the guidelines as per NVIC 14-14 for national endorsement as Able Seaman- Deck (AS-D).

Candidates who successfully complete this course will satisfy the written examination (AB01) and demonstration of ability (AB02) requirements of 46 CFR 12.405(b) for the Able Seaman qualification. In addition, candidates must possess the Basic Safety Training and the Lifeboatman certifications for the AS-D endorsement.

The Program comprises of three (3) individual courses with end of course assessments.  Candidates must pass all three courses to be eligible toward the AS-D endorsement by the USCG.

Course Topics:

Examination Modules (AB01)

Q450:  Navigation and Rules of the Road

  • Nautical Terms
  • Navigational Compasses
  • Operation and Function of Launching Devices
  • International and Inland regulations for vessels lights and sound signals
  • Aids to navigation

Q451:  Deck General Safety

  • Pollution Laws and Regulations
  • Pollutions Prevention and Control
  • Procedures for discharge, containment and cleanup of sludge and waste from cargo and fueling operations
  • Marlinspike Seamanship
  • Deck Machinery and Ground Tackle
  • Anchoring Procedures
  • Emergency Towing
  • Man Overboard
  • Fire Prevention and Firefighting
  • Lifesaving Appliances
  • Care of survivors

Examination Module (AB02)

Marlinespike Seamanship Demonstration

The Benefits of ECM’s Online Courses:

Flexible course enrollment
Interactive online program proctored by industry experts
Affordable and convenient with volume license discounts for corporate customers
USCG approved certificate of completion issued upon successful program completion

Upon registration, courses are conveniently accessible online for candidates to participate at their own pace and on their own schedule.


Lifeboatman (LB01)

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Queen Mary 2, has twenty-two lifeboats which can carry 150 people per boat. There are also sixty life rafts, which can carry 37 people per raft, plus two fast rescue crafts. Queen Mary 2 carries 4400 people(3108 passengers and 1,292 crew). can all be rescued at sea in case of an emergency?

This course teaches preparation and maintenance of survival craft, embarkation of passengers and crew, launching survival craft, managing lifeboats and liferafts, using survival equipment, and saving the lives of those on board.

This course is designed to reflect the general requirements for Lifeboatman endorsements, under 46 CFR 12.407. This is for Seafarers at the entry-level to effectively carry out all the duties that may be required of a Lifeboatman.

The successful student will be eligible for a US Coast Guard STCW endorsement for Proficiency in Survival Craft as mandated by 1995 STCW Convention and satisfies the requirements of IMO STCW 1995, Competences Section A-VI/2 and Table A-VI/2-1  and follow the NVIC 04-14.

Course Topics:

Survival craft and rescue boats:  Liferafts, Lifeboats, Rescue boats, Marine evacuation systems, Maintenance and Inspections

Operation of survival craft:  Stowage of survival craft, Survival craft embarkation, Survival craft launching, Survival craft recovery, Rescue boat embarkation, launching & recovery

Survival at sea:  Muster list and emergency instructions, Manning of survival craft, Man-Overboard Procedures, Survival in the water, Helicopter operations, Boat work under oars

Personal LSA and Drills:  Lifebuoys, Lifejackets, Immersion suits, Anti-exposure suits, Thermal protective aids, Emergency training and drills, Training manual

 Communications:  Two-way VHF radiotelephone apparatus, Search and rescue locating devices, Distress signals, Line throwing appliances, Alarm systems, Public address systems

First aid

The Benefits of ECM’s Online Courses:

Flexible course enrollment
Interactive online program proctored by industry experts
Affordable and convenient with volume license discounts for corporate customers
USCG approved certificate of completion issued upon successful program completion

Upon registration, courses are conveniently accessible online for candidates to participate at their own pace and on their own schedule.


Lifeboatman - Limited (LB02)

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IMO Regulations

Passenger ships of 500GT and over shall carry at least one rescue boat on each side of the ships

At least one of rescue boats on a ro-ro passenger ship with a length of 6m and a top speed of at least 20 knots

Cargo ships shall carry at least one rescue boat.

This course is designed to reflect the general requirements for Lifeboatman – Limited endorsements, under 46 CFR 12.409. This is for Seafarers at the entry-level to effectively carry out all the duties that may be required of a Lifeboatman, taking charge of a rescue boat, liferaft, or other lifesaving apparatus during and after launch.

The examination for this endorsement will involve liferafts, rescue boats, and other survival craft except lifeboats, including the clearing away, launching, and handling of rescue craft, except lifeboats; and the operation and functions of launching devices for rescue boats and survival craft other than lifeboats.

Successful candidates will be eligible for a US Coast Guard STCW endorsement as PSC-Limited as mandated by 1995 STCW Convention and satisfies the requirements of IMO STCW 1995 and NVIC 04-14

Course Topics:

Life-saving Appliances

Lifebuoys, Lifejackets, Immersion suits, Anti-exposure suits, Thermal protective aids, Emergency training and drills, Training manual

Liferafts and rescue boats

Liferafts, Rescue boats, Marine evacuation systems

Survival craft operations

Stowage of survival craft, Survival craft embarkation, Survival craft launching, Survival craft recovery, Rescue boat embarkation, launching, recovery

Techniques of Survival at sea

Muster list and emergency instructions, Manning of survival craft, Man-Overboard Procedures, Survival in the water, Helicopter operations, Boat work under oars

Search and rescue equipment

Two-way VHF radiotelephone apparatus, Search and rescue locating devices, Distress signals, Line throwing appliances, Alarm systems, Public address systems

Basic Seamanship

Compass work, Knots, Bends ,Hitches, Splicing, Whippings

Elementary First aid

The Benefits of ECM’s Online Courses:

Flexible course enrollment
Interactive online program proctored by industry experts
Affordable and convenient with volume license discounts for corporate customers
USCG approved certificate of completion issued upon successful program completion

Upon registration, courses are conveniently accessible online for candidates to participate at their own pace and on their own schedule.