Small commercial vessel crewmember (level 3)
Working on a wide variety of specialist vessels.
- Qualification level
Equivalent to A level.
- Typical duration
- 24 months
- Apprenticeship category
- Transport and logistics
- Maximum funding
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
- Also known as
- Workboat crew member
Skills an apprentice will learn
- Operate vessel equipment including main engines, pumps, emergency equipment and winches.
- Support the safety of those on board, for example, passengers, technicians and other crew.
- Maintain a vessel's weather and watertight integrity and take necessary action if breached.
- Operate life saving appliances (LSA) and firefighting equipment (FFE).
- Administer emergency first aid.
- Coordinate a response to an emergency situation.
- Steer a vessel in different marine environments, for example, maintain and alter course when required to do so, taking into account local environment and conditions.
- Manoeuvre a vessel to enable recovery of "man overboard" and the safe boarding of emergency services and authorities.
- Load and unload cargo and equipment using deck cranes, for example, the correct slinging of loads, use of international signalling methods and correct stowage of dangerous goods.
- Anchor a vessel.
- Communicate with others verbally using maritime terminology for example, colleagues and stakeholders.
- Perform deck operations as appropriate to the vessel type, and on board equipment, for example, plough dredging, survey activities, setting up a tow, recovery of towline in adverse weather conditions, transfer of personnel and equipment.
- Contribute to maintaining vessel equipment including main engines, pumps, emergency equipment and winches
- Respond to emergency situations, for example, deploying life rafts, deploying man overboard equipment, using emergency towlines.
- Undertake running and emergency repairs.
- Create a safe means to board and disembark from a vessel.
- Recognise and respond to the signs of fatigue in self and others.
- Prepare food on board.
- Use information and digital technology. Comply with GDPR and cyber security regulations.
- Keep a safe navigational watch
- Use vessel radio equipment.
- Maintain lifesaving appliances (LSA) and firefighting equipment (FFE)
- Follow safe working practices.
- Apply equity, diversity and inclusion policies.
- Complete security checks for persons boarding a vessel
- Moor a vessel.
- Unmoor a vessel.
- Follow safe working practices under the organisational safety management system (SMS)
- Record or enter information - electronic or paper based, for example, risk assessments, equipment service records, handover documents and manufacturers' documentation, work sheets, checklists.
- Follow procedures in line with environmental and sustainability regulations, standards, and guidance. Segregate resources for reuse, recycling and disposal.
- Use electronic navigational charts to fix the vessels position.
- Apply team working principles
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