Joemarine Institute | Officer of the Navigational Watch (OOW) NCV
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Officer of the Navigational Watch (OOW) NCV

Course Overview
This course covers the mandatory minimum requirements as set out in Reg. II/1, Sec. A-II/1, Table A-II/1 of STCW `2010 convention, as amended. It is based on the minimum knowledge required for certification of officer-in-charge of a navigational watch on ships of 500 GRT.

The course aims to achieve these objectives in three (3) functions areas required under the code namely:

  • Navigation at the operational level
  • Cargo handling and stowage at the operational level
  • Controlling the operation and care of persons on board at the operational level.

Course Objectives:

The course objectives is to provide the minimum knowledge understanding and proficiency listed in the  appropriate aspects of Table A.II/1 of the code required for certification as officer in charge of a Navigational watch on ships less than 500GRT engaged on near coastal voyages. 

  • The background knowledge to carry out the following functions:
  • Plan and conduct a coastal passage and determine ships position.
  • Maintain a safe navigational watch.
  • Respond to emergencies.
  • Respond to distress signals at sea.
  • Manouevre the ship and operate small ship power plants.
  • Monitor the loading, stowage securing and unloading of cargoes and their care doing the voyage.
  • Ensure compliance with pollution prevention requirements.
  • Maintain seaworthiness of the ship.
  • Monitor compliance with legislative requirements.
  • Contribute to the safety of personnel and ship.

Course Contents:

  • Chart Work & Coastal Navigation
  • Maritime Law
  • Cargo Handling
  • Marine Radio Communication
  • Practical Navigation
  • Stability and Structure
  • Meteorology
  • Navigational Aids
  • Orals


Entry Standards

  • Candidates must have attained the age of 18years or above
  • Must hold a valid medical certificate of fitness to engage in seafaring career.
  • Must have completed an approved sea-going experience approved by the Administration (NIMASA) for not less than 36 months.
  • Must have COC certifications, trade certifications (BSc, HND)  and STCW certifications
  • Must hold eligibility certification from the Agency NIMASA.


Training Duration

Six (6) Months