1. Context

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1.1. Introduction

This guide has been prepared to help applicants reach the competency level required to obtain a Fourth-class engineer certificate with STCW endorsement. These requirements are set out in Table A-III/1 of the STCW Code. The competencies concerned here are:

  1. Monitor compliance with legislative requirements;
  2. Maintain seaworthiness of the ship.

Applicants who answer the questions in annexes B and C of TP-13721, Training Record Book Requirements for Applicants to the Fourth-class Certificate, instead of taking approved training must be familiar with the Canada Shipping Act, 2001; the Prevention of Pollution From Ships and for Dangerous Chemicals Regulations; Ballast Water Control and Management Regulations; and Environment Response Regulations. These regulations all stem from the Canada Shipping Act, 2001. Applicants must also be familiar with the MARPOL and SOLAS conventions.

Applicants must also have access to books on ship stability and naval architecture.

Applicants must anticipate 60 hours of work to complete the questionnaire. The part on the acts and regulations is estimated to require 20 hours of work, while the part on stability and construction can take up to 40 hours of work. Once the questionnaire has been completed, it must be presented to a Marine Safety examiner for evaluation.

1.2. Objectives

This study guide is designed to ensure that applicants acquire basic knowledge of the following subjects, which is relevant for their future employment:

  1. Canadian acts and regulations governing pollution prevention on the Great Lakes and other Canadian inland waters;
  2. IMO conventions related to protection of the marine environment and the safety of life at sea;
  3. Use of a ship’s hydrostatic tables and stability data;
  4. Fundamentals of watertight integrity and actions to be taken in the event of partial loss of intact buoyancy;
  5. Principal structural members of a ship.

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