Project Description

Coxswain Grade 2 Near Coastal

A coxswain commands and navigates a commercial vessel under 12 metres in length, operating within the limits of sheltered and inshore waters, that is, in waters within 5 nautical miles from the coast.

As master of a small fishing or trading vessel, they are responsible for supervising other crew and passengers.

They are also expected to lead a crew and make decisions under pressure, such as taking appropriate actions in an emergency.

Other tasks for a coxswain include maintaining the operations of engines (less than 100 kW), updating vessel logbooks, assisting in mooring and unmooring vessels and keeping watch.

Commercial vessels under the command of a coxswain can include passenger vessels, charter vessels, water taxis, tourist craft, and fishing vessels.

MAR10418 Certificate I in Maritime Operations (Coxswain Grade 2 Near Coastal)

This qualification applies to people working in the maritime industry seeking an Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) certificate of competency to command and operate the engines of a vessel.

Command and operate the engines of a vessel:

  • <12 m in length
  • With propulsion power that is unlimited for an outboard engine or <100 kW for an inboard engine
  • That is not carrying passengers
  • That is in sheltered waters or within 5 nautical miles (nm) from point of departure, shore base or aquaculture lease

Command and operate the engines of a vessel:

  • As a tender or auxiliary vessel within 3 nm of a parent vessel within the exclusive economic zone (EEZ)
  • With propulsion power that is unlimited for an outboard engine or <100 kW for an inboard engine that is not carrying passengers.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

This qualification is required to obtain an AMSA certificate of competency as a Coxswain Grade 1 NC as defined in the National Standard for Commercial Vessels (NSCV) Part D.

AMSA certification will require:

  • Achieving MAR10418 Certificate I in Maritime Operations (Coxswain Grade 2 Near Coastal)
  • Meeting the medical and eyesight requirements specified in the NSCV Part D
  • Assessment by an AMSA approved assessor using the AMSA mandated practical assessment (AMPA) conducted on a vessel ≥5.0 m in length.
  • Sea Service – you must have completed either:
    • 10 days qualifying sea service on a vessel with a completed AMSA task book. Task book can be purchased at SMIT.
    • 50 days qualifying sea service on a vessel without an AMSA task book.

Training Calendar and Enrolment Form

AMSA Links for Certificate of Competency Application

Enrolment Form

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