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Regulations on Examination and Certification of Competence for Seafarers of the People's Republic of China

Chapter 1 General Provisions

Article 1 The Regulations on Examination and Certification of Competence for Seafarers of the People's Republic of China (hereinafter referred to as the Regulations) are formulated in accordance with the Maritime Traffic Safety Law of the People's Republic of China, Regulations of the People’s Republic of China on Seafarersand other relevant international conventions which China has contractedoracceded to, aiming to improve the quality of the seafarers, to ensure the safety of life and property at sea, and to protect the marine environment.

Article 2 The Regulations shall apply to the examination for acquiring/obtaining Certificate of Competency (hereinafter referred to as “CoC”) for the Seafarers of the People’s Republic of China; to the issuance and management of the CoC, of the Dispensation Certificate and of the Recognition Endorsements for the CoCs issued by other countries.

Article 3 The Ministry of Transport is responsible for the examination and certification for seafarersin China.

The Maritime Safety Administrationof the People’s Republic of China (hereinafter referred to as China MSA) under the leadership of the Ministry of Transport is in charge of the examination and certification of the competence for seafarers.

The Maritime Safety Administrations at all levels shall carry out examination and issuance of CoC in accordance with their respective responsibilities.

Article 4 The examination and certification of competence for the seafarers shall follow the principlesof fairness, impartiality, transparency and convenience.

Chapter 2 Certificate of Competency

Section A Basic Information of the Certificate of Competency

Article 5 The CoC shall include:

1. name, gender, date of birth, nationality, signature and photograph of the holder;

2. level and number of the certificate;

3. applicable provisions of relevant international conventions;

4. navigation area, capacity and function for which the holder of the certificate is competent;

5. ship types, main propulsion machineries, and operation of special equipment for which the holders of the certificate is competent;

6. dates of issue and expiry;

7. issuing administration and signature of the duly authorized official;

8. other contents to be contained as required.

Article 6 The navigation areas are divided into unlimited navigation area and coastal navigation area, while the sea areas for which radio operators are competent are divided into A1, A2, A3 and A4.

Article 7 Levels of CoC

1. the levels of CoCs for masters, deck officers, chief engineers and engineer officers:

.1 the levels of CoCs for unlimited navigation areas:

.1.1 level 1: applicable to ships of 3000 gross tonnage and above or powered by main propulsion machinery of 3000 KW and above;

.1.2 level 2: applicable to ships of 500 gross tonnage and up to 3000 gross tonnage or powered by main propulsion machinery of 750 KW and up to 3000 KW;

.2 the levels of CoCs for coastal navigation areas:

.2.1 level 1: applicable to ships of 3000 gross tonnage and above or powered by main propulsion machinery of 3000 KW and above.

.2.2 level 2: applicable to ships of 500 gross tonnage and up to 3000 gross tonnage or powered by main propulsion machinery of 750 KW and up to 3000 KW;

.2.3 level 3: applicable to ship less than 500 gross tonnage or powered by main propulsion machinery of less than 750 KW.

2. CoCs for able seafarer deck and able seafarer engine are applicable to ships of 500 gross tonnage or more or powered by main propulsion machinery of 750 KW or more.

3. the levels of CoCs for ratings forming part of a navigational and engineering watch:

.1 CoCs for unlimited navigation areas are applicable to ships of 500 gross tonnage and above or powered by main propulsion machinery of 750 KW or more;

.2 the levels of CoCs for coastal navigation areas:

.2.1 level 1: applicable to ships of 500 gross tonnage or more or powered by main propulsion machinery of 750 KW or more;

.2.2 level 2: applicable to ships less than 500 gross tonnage or powered by main propulsion machinery of less than 750 KW.

4. CoCs for electro-technical officers and electro-technical ratings are applicable to ships powered by main propulsion of 750 KW or more.

CoCs held by masters and deck officers serving on tug boats shall correspond to the power of the tug boats’ main propulsion machinery.

Article 8 Capacities of seafarers:

1. masters;

2. deck department: chief mate, second officer, third officer, able seafarer deck, rating forming part of a navigational watch; The chief officer, second officer and third officer are called deck officers;

3.engine department: chief engineer officer, second engineer officer, third engineer officer, fourth engineer officer, electro-technical officer, able seafarer engine, rating forming part of an engineering watch, electro-technical rating, of which the second engineer officer, third engineer officer and fourth engineer officer are called engineer officers;

4. GMDSS operators: first-class GMDSS operator, second-class GMDSS operator, GMDSS general operator and GMDSS restricted operator.

Article 9 Functions of seafarers:

1. navigation;

2. cargo handling and stowage;

3. ship operation and care for persons on board;

4. marine engineering;

5. electrical, electronic and control engineering;

6. maintenance and repair;

7. radio communication.

The Functions of seafarers are divided into the following levels according to the technical requirements:

1. management level;

2. operational level;

3. support level.

Article 10 Holders of CoCs shall serve in a capacity to which their CoCs are applicable or in a lower capacity. However, rating forming part of a navigational watch must hold the CoC for rating forming part of a navigational watch or able seafarer deck, and rating forming part of engineering watch must hold the CoC for rating forming part of engineering watch or able seafarer engine.

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