of the Watch (unlimited) - Deck Course
of the Watch (OOW - unlimited) – Examination Route (earlier
called as 2nd Mates course)
Requirements (Experienced Seafarer Route):
of 36 months of sea service on merchant ships in an
acceptable deck capacity for e.g. Trainee
Cadet, Junior Officer, etc. whilst holding a valid medical
fitness certificate recognized by the MCA, UK.
- You should have 6
months of documented bridge watch-keeping duties in your
last 12 months of sailing.
Note: Trainee OS rank sea service is acceptable in the UK for
giving your Officer of the Watch - Deck (2nd Mates) exam.
Prior academic qualification for e.g Class XII Science,
Class X, etc., is NOT a requirement
for giving the OOW exams in the UK if following the 36
evidence of minimum 36 months of sea service is the only
requirement if following this route towards MCA Officer of
the Watch in U.K.
background of Maths & Science is not mandatory (but
study & understanding of applicable concepts of Maths
& Science are required to pass the exams).
A Training record book (MNTB
or any other) is not required to be completed on board
guidance in available in MSN 1856 or write to us.
Evidence of Sea Service:
following documentary evidence would be required as proof of sea
- Minimum of 36
months of sea service stamps on your CDC (even
non Indian CDC for e.g. Panama, Liberia, Bahamas,
etc. are acceptable).
- You will also
need company sea-time letter or Masters
testimonials for a minimum
36 months of sea service. If you
done your sailing with different shipping companies, you
will need to take sea-time letter from all those
so that your total sea-time is atleast 36 months. If you
have however taken 36 months of testimonials form
ships Captain, then a company sea-time letter is not
compulsory. However, it is good to collect the company
- The 6 months of
bridge watch-keeping certificate from the Master
(or the company) must mention that you have kept 8
of bridge watch-keeping duties every day as assistant
to the main watch-keeper whilst the vessel
has to be completed in your last 12 months of sea service
as per your CDC.
Format for Bridge Watch-keeping Certificate and Company Sea
Service Letter are as given below:
note that Diploma in Nautical Science (DNS) and BSc Nautical
Science pre-sea courses from India are not approved
by the MCA, UK. Hence, students who have done the DNS or BSc
Nautical Science course also need to complete a
minimum of 36 months of sea service on merchant ships before
they can give the 2nd Mates exams in the UK.
starting date and duration:
are 4 batches in a year.
Jan 2021, March 2021, May 2021 & September 2021
The total course duration works out to be 7 months excluding
holiday period like Christmas, Easter and Summer holidays.
A student joining the January or September batch can come back
with his CoC in about 8 months period if he clears all his
exams in time. A student joining the April batch will come back
with his CoC in about 9 months time because of the 2
months of summer holidays & 1 month of Christmas holidays
within course duration which makes the duration longer.
The visa that a student will get will be for approximately 10 -
11 months. The visa will end 2 months after the course
completion date and can start a maximum of 2 weeks before the
course commencement date.
booking a course, you will need to scan and email / Whatsapp the
following documents to us:
Once the form has been received, the college will issue an offer
letter to the candidate for the course and subsequently contact
you for small discussion on the admission process.
Seats get filled up about 3 months in advance and are alloted on
a first come first served basis. Hence, it is always advisable
to book early so that you are assured of seat in the
It is not necessary to have completed your 36 months of sea
service for booking a seat in the college. However, you should
have completed your 36 months of sea service before you travel
to the UK for joining the OOW course.
East Coast College is a part of University of Suffolk. All
tuition fees payment are made directly to the University account
after the direct discussion session.
MCTS will never ask you for any deposit / draft to secure the
seat. No college fee payment should be made to the personal
account of a person in India or in UK.
letter will be sent to your email address within a week of
receiving your documents by us in email /
Whatsapp. Most students book their seats 9 months in advance i.e
before joining ship for their last sailing contract prior to
leaving for UK for their studies.
If you happen to be on board a ship, you can email / Whatsapp
the scanned copies of your documents and application form
to us for the offer letter and subsequent discussion/interaction
session with college & university.