MCAST OIC Navigational Watch

MCAST OIC Navigational Watch

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OIC Navigational Watch
Course Code MI-01-14
MQF Level n/a
Duration 3 years (1 year full-time, 12 months ocean-going experience, 1 year full-time)
Awarding Body Transport Malta
Entry Requirements Probationary Officer Cadet


6 SEC/O-Level passes/SSC&P (Level 3) passes

Compulsory: Physics (at grade 4/B or better), Mathematics and English Language

Preferred: Geography and a foreign language

Note: Students under 17 years of age applying for this course may have difficulty in finding an ocean-going placement.  It is recommended that such candidates seek guidance before applying.


Other Entry Requirements Medical Test, Physical Aptitude Test and Interview
Course Description The course aims at giving the candidate the necessary training as an Officer Cadet to qualify for a Certificate of Competence as an Officer in Charge of a Navigational Watch on a foreign-trading merchant vessel.

Training consists of a number of maritime related subjects such as Navigation, Meteorology, Signals, Ship Knowledge and Stability, Cargo Operations, International Regulations,  a high level of physical fitness training and leadership training in which all candidates are expected to participate and to attain a high degree of competence.

Officer Cadets are expected to dedicate a lot of time to their studies and are also expected to wear a merchant marine uniform whilst undergoing training both ashore and on board ships. Officer Cadets attending the course may also be assisted in finding a sponsor for the practical training period at sea during the second phase of training on the course.

The Maritime Institute boasts a good reputation for discipline and all Officer Cadets are expected to abide by a Code of Conduct whilst attending the Officer in Charge of a Navigational Watch Course.

Study/Course Delivery All lecturers and Instructors are appropriately qualified in accordance with the provisions of the STCW Convention. They have a good appreciation and understanding of the OIC Navigational Watch training programme and objectives. Where training is conducted using a simulator, the instructors have received appropriate guidance in instructional techniques and adequate operational experience on the simulator and related equipment
Assessment The students are assessed for theory and practice including oral exam at the end of first and second semester. These assessments are part of the requirements of the STCW quality standards. Where conducting of assessments involve the use of simulators the students are examined in the practical experience of simulator to the satisfaction of the examiner.
Programme Learning Outcomes 1. Identify and use celestial bodies, terrestrial points and electronic navigation systems for position fixing and navigation

2. Monitor the loading, stowage, securing and unloading of cargoes and their care during the voyage

3. Maintain a safe navigational watch

4. Respond to various emergencies that can be encountered while at sea.

Core Study Units
  • Navigation
  • Applied Science
  • Boathandling
  • Chartwork
  • General Ship Knowledge
  • Maritime English
  • Meteorology
  • Cargo Operations
  • Leadership Training
  • Signals
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Education
  • Ship Stability
  • International Regulations
  • Seamanship
  • Management Training
  • Ancillary Course Units
  • First Aid
  • Firefighting
  • Personal Safety and Responsibility
  • Personal Survival Techniques
  • Advanced Firefighting
  • Medical First Aid
  • Efficient Deckhand
  • Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boat
Specialist Units
Supplementary Units
Supporting Units
Optional Units
Progress After Completion Chief Mate
Career Opportunities
  • Navigating officer (deck department) on sea-going merchant ships
  • Chief officer (deck department) on coastal merchant ships
  • Master on local cruising craft, yachts or fishing trawler
  • Port inspector
  • Terminal supervisor
  • GMDSS operator
  • Yard/Ship container planner
  • Marine pilot
  • VTS operator/supervisor