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Joemarine Institute Of Nautical Studies


A Rating Forming Part of a Navigational Watch (RFPNW) is a qualified rating, designed to fulfill the Support Level of STCW A-II/4 in the deck department. STCW requires all ratings forming part of a navigational watch on seagoing vessels of 500gt and over to be duly certificated to perform these duties. This includes entry-level ratings standing navigational watches, such as lookout watches. It is also required by the personnel serving in a maintenance department when those persons are mandated by the Certificate of Inspection or manning document to be qualified to augment the watch.

Course Objectives

This course comprises four functions at the support level. On successful completion of the training an assessment trainees should be competent to carry out safely the duties of ratings as able seafarer deck at the support level on each functions of the course as stipulated in STCW Reg. II/4 of Manila Convention as amended’.

Function 1: Navigation
Function 2: Cargo Handling and Stowage
Function 3: Controlling the Operation of the Ship and Care for Persons on Board
Function 4: Maintenance and Repair.

Course Contents

  • Basic Environmental Protection,
  • Watch-Keeping,
  • Navigational Watch Keeping
  • Cargo Handling and Stowage
  • Anchoring and Mooring System
  • Ship Handling and Seamanship.
  • Marine Safety,
  • Maintenance and Repair onboard.
  • Seamanship,
  • Marine Pollution, etc.

Entry Requirements

  • Candidate must be above 18 years
  • Possess Valid Seafarer Medical
  • Valid Means of Identification
  • 2 Recent Photographs