New Marine Orders To Take Effect in April

New Marine Orders that will affect all seafarers will come into effect on 1 April 2014 and they will replace the current Marine Order 3 in its entirety. However, seafarers have until the end of 2016 to obtain revalidation certificates.

The new MO3 will be split into four separate Marine Orders:

Marine Order 70 (Seafarer certification) 2014

Marine Order 71 (Masters and Deck Officers) 2014

Marine Order 72 (Engineer Officers) 2014

Marine Order 73 (Ratings) 2014

For a full summary of the changes please download this document. Also a table outlining the new certificates and requirements for Chief Integrated Ratings, Integrated Ratings, Able Seamen, Deck Ratings and Engine Room Ratings is available to download here.

The National Office is still addressing which registered training organisations (RTOs) will be undertaking these courses and certificates and what kind of costs will be involved and the MUA will communicate this information in due course.

Changes from the current Marine Order 3

The application of new MO3 has been made consistent with parts of the Navigation Act 2012, an act that applies to Regulated Australian Vessels.

There are new revalidation requirements for Ratings/Marine Cooks. Ratings certificates need to be revalidated every five years. Current certificates will have to be revalidated by 31 December 2016.

The new order also clarifies the obligation of the employer to provide a seafarer with a sea service and training record.

MO73 creates the following Licenses (Certificates/Endorsements) for Ratings:

Certificate of Safety Training (COST) - No change except COST now incorporates the new Security Awareness requirement

The endorsement that a seafarer may form part of a Watch (navigation and engine room) has changed - The current discretion of the Master or Chief Engineer to determine that the person is competent to form part of a navigational watch or an engine room watch of current MO3, has been removed. However, it remains at the employer’s discretion to determine competency to form part of a Watch, though the standard is specified by two options:

- Two months of accrued seatime as a Deck TIR, and two months as an Engineroom TIR, that is a total of four months or 16 weeks, which replaces the current 12 weeks seatime) AND an AMSA approved program of study.

OR:

- Six months (24 weeks) seatime that includes vocational training that complies with Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) Code

Marine Cook - This certificate is not recognised in current MO3, but was incorporated in MO11 (Living and working conditions on vessels) from May 2013.   It is now recognised in MO73.

Able Seafarer: Deck - This replaces Able Seaman and Deck Rating (performing the duties of Ordinary seaman). It requires completion of at least 12 months documented qualifying seagoing service while qualified to serve as a rating forming part of a navigational watch.

Able Seafarer: Engine - This replaces Engine Room Rating (performing the duties of Greaser). It requires completion of at least six months documented qualifying seagoing service while qualified to serve as a rating forming part of an engine-room watch on an appropriate vessel.

Integrated Rating - The requirement for a Certificate of Proficiency as an IR is:

- Completion of nine months (essentially the same as 36 weeks in MO3) documented qualifying seagoing service, of which at least five months (20 weeks) was served as a rating forming part of a navigational watch and engine-room watch on an appropriate vessel. The effect is that an TIR will need to complete 16 weeks (up from 12) of seatime before the endorsement on TAGS book 1 to allow the TIR to form part of a Watch.

OR:

- While holding a certificate of proficiency as Able Seafarer: Deck — completion of at least six months documented qualifying seagoing service on an appropriate vessel in the engine department as a trainee engine room rating

OR:

- While holding a certificate of proficiency as Able Seafarer: Engine — completion of at least six months documented qualifying seagoing service on an appropriate vessel in the deck department as a trainee deck rating and obtained a steering certificate, this now requires revalidation every five years (as do all new Ratings certificates).

Chief Integrated Rating - No change (still 24 months sea service required after gaining IR Certificate), however, from 2013, there has been a VET qualification for Chief IR - Certificate IV in Maritime Operations (Chief Integrated Rating)

If a seafarer seeking revalidation cannot meet the seatime requirements, the person must have completed approved courses, that is, undertake a refresher course, in the following:

- Fire prevention and fire fighting

- Proficiency in survival craft and rescue boats other than fast rescue boats

AND:

- Must have completed (only once) a Security awareness training program

Career paths

It provides no new career path opportunities for Integrated Rating/Chief Integrated Rating into the Deck Officer of Engineering Officer streams.

In the Deck Officer stream, the existing provisions to enter the Deck Watchkeeper stream remain.  The eligibility requirements provide two pathways by completion of either:

- An approved and monitored onboard training program for integrated ratings including at least 24 months documented qualifying seagoing service on vessels more than 500 tonnes, while holding a certificate of proficiency as Integrated Rating

OR: 

- At least 36 months documented qualifying seagoing service on vessels more than 24 metres.

In the Engineering Officer stream, there are three pathways to enter the Engineer Watchkeeper stream.  To be eligible the seafarer must have completed at least one of the following engineer training programs:

- An engineer cadet program;

- A trainee engineer program;

- An engineering experience training program and hold or have held for at least 12 months an Engineer Class 3 NC certificate of competency or an unrestricted Engineer Class 3 certificate of competency issued by a State before 1 July 2013.