Deck Crew Matters
Wednesday March 29, 2017


Yacht Rating Certificate - MCAYacht Rating or Deck Rating Certificate - Merchant Shipping Notice (MSN) 1862 - Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA)

The Yacht Rating or Deck Rating Certificate, as it is sometimes called, is a newer qualification gained through experience and sea time.
The candidate must have completed the Yacht Rating Training Record Book (Annex B) in at least 6 months seagoing service on vessels of at least 15m in load line length. This seagoing service can be reduced to 2 months when undertaking 'special training', i.e. when following an MNTB course or MCA approved course.

To apply for the Yacht Rating Certificate, download the MSF 4340 REV 08/15 form (Application for a Yacht Rating Certificate : For Ratings on Commercially and Privately Owned Yachts and Sail Training Vessels Less than 3000 GT).

Download MSN 1862 here (pdf) - Download MSF 4340 here (pdf)


This Merchant Shipping Notice (MSN) 1862 sets out and explains the regulatory requirements regarding the implementation of training elements applicable under Chapter II/4 and II/5, of the Standards of Training Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) Convention and Code. It outlines the qualifying conditions for obtaining Deck Ratings certificates and an Able Seafarer’s Deck certificate.

This Merchant Shipping Notice (MSN) 1862 covers:

1. Introduction
2. Mandatory Requirements for a Navigational Watch Rating Certificate (NWR)
3. Mandatory Requirements for a Yacht Rating Certificate
4. Mandatory Requirements for an Efficient Deck Hand Certificate (EDH)
5. Mandatory Requirements for an Able Seafarer Deck Certificate
6. Seagoing Service Requirements
7. Proof of Seagoing Service
8. Medical Fitness and Eyesight Standards
9. Ancillary and Safety Course Certification
10. Mandatory Minimum Requirements for all Ratings
11. MCA-Approved Companies issuing Navigational Watch Rating Certificate
12. MCA-Approved Companies issuing Yacht Rating Certificates and EDH Certificates
13. Grading of Ratings
14. Additional Training Requirements
15. Responsibilities of Ship Owners and Operators

Annex A: Record of Training for the Issue of a Navigational Watch Ratings Certificate
Annex B : Yacht Rating Training Record Book
Annex C : Efficient Deck Hand (EDH) Certificate and Examination Syllabus Leading to the
Issue on an STCW Able Seafarer Deck Certificate (regulation II/5)
Annex D: List of Competent Officers
Annex E : Navigational Watch Rating Certificate
Annex F : Steering Certificate for an Efficient Deck Hand Certificate or a
Navigational Watch Rating Certificate
Annex G : Yacht Rating Certificate
Annex H : Specimen Efficient Deck Hand Certificate


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Questions of the Month

- Why an additional paragraph social media policy should be added to the crew contract ?

- Why many experienced captains are never given a chance to get a position on a 30+ m ?

- What is really covering your yacht crew member insurance ?

- During the season, is there enough time for safety drills and training ?

- Can Captains count on duty crew members at dock in case of emergency ?



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