Preparatory Course for Examination Leading to Local Craft – Coxswain Grade 2 Certificate of Competency

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This course is supported by the Professional Training and Examination Refund Scheme (ProTERS) of the Maritime and Aviation Training Fund (MATF). Eligible applicants are refunded with 80% of the fees after completing approved courses or passing examinations.

This course aims to provide complementary nautical knowledge to those preparing for the examination of Grade 2 Coxswains Certificate of Competency in the Marine Department, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR). The course also targets those who intend to enrich their nautical knowledge for the safe navigation in Hong Kong Waters.

Those who successfully complete this course should be able to undertake the examination of Grade 2 Coxswains Certificates of Competency conducted by the Marine Department, HKSAR and acquire the core knowledge of nautical studies in accordance with the Chapter 7.2 of “Examination Rules for Local Certificates of Competency” issued by the Marine Department.

Participants will be guided to implement safety awareness as required by “International
Regulation for Preventing Collisions at Sea 1972 (COLREGs)” and relevant Hong Kong Merchant Shipping Ordinances, which include, but are not limited to:

  1. keeping proper lookout on navigation watch;
  2. ensuring professional standard of “Officer-in-Charge” of navigation;
  3. observing the practices of COLREGs;
  4. acquaint the knowledge of Chart work and seamanship practices;
  5. observing marine local knowledge and relevant regulations;
  6. possessing the knowledge of stability, cargo stowage and ship handling;
  7. enhancing emergency response on life-saving at sea with proper distress procedures; and
  8. ensuring that navigation equipment is properly operated, tested, calibrated and maintained, if any

Target Participants
Any person who intends to take the Grade 2 Coxswain Examination or interested in enhancing the knowledge of ship safety and safe navigation in Hong Kong Waters.

Entry Requirement
No entry standard is required, however, those with working experience on local vessels and/or managing fleet(s) of local vessels will be admitted with priority.

The maximum number of trainees will be limited to 12 in order to maintain the quality of the teaching standard and fulfil the aims and objectives of this course.

The qualification of instructors will be holder of Foreign-going Class 2 (Deck) Certificate of Competency or above with relevant training experience. Capt. H. L. Tong, who is holding a Seagoing Class 1 (Deck) Certificate of Competency and ex-examiner of Foreign-going Certificate of Competency in the Marine Department, HKSAR has been invited to be the instructor for this course.

Course Curriculum
This course comprises 2 parts. It is conducted in Chinese supplemented with English. Course materials and assessment will be in English.

Part A (Written Examination and Chart Work)
Local Knowledge, Pilotage and Port Regulations
Ship Stability
Seamanship and Shiphandling
Chart Work and Pilotage

Part B (Oral Examination)
Collision Regulations, Buoyage & Emergencies

Revision & Mock Examination

Duration and Mode of Study
90 hours , Full Time

Classes and Venue
Classes will be held on weekday (one day a week) from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Assessment and Award
Participants who have achieved a minimum of 80% attendance will be awarded a Certificate by Institute of Seatransport.

Course Outline – Subject Area Descriptor

Part A

  1. Introduction
    1.1 Course Overview
    1.2 Objectives of course
    1.3 Mechanism of Grade 2 Coxswain examination
    1.4 The criterion of Grade 2 Coxswain
  2. Local Knowledge, Pilotage and Port Regulations
    2.1 The knowledge of sheltered waters in Hong Kong Waters
    2.2 The knowledge of traffic separation scheme and fairways in Hong Kong Waters
    2.3 The knowledge of local rules related to port infrastructure
    2.4 The knowledge of anti-pollution in Hong Kong Waters
    2.5 The knowledge of towing operations
    2.6 The knowledge of international and local storm signals
    2.7 The knowledge of Navigational Warnings & practices of reporting marine incidents
    2.8 The knowledge of marine radio communications via VHF
  3. Ship Stability
    3.1 The knowledge of equilibrium states and its effect on ship stability
    3.2 The precautions and resultant moment of Free Surface effect
    3.3 The effect of ship stability by alteration/shift of weights on board
    3.4 The effect of ship stability by lifting weights with own lifting gear
    3.5 The general knowledge of Loadline marks and its danger of overloading
    3.6 The general knowledge on bilging effect and loss of buoyancy
  4. Seamanship and Shiphandling
    4.1 The general theory of ship handling
    4.2 Knowledge of determining risk of collision and proper use of radar
    4.3 Knowledge of procedures to mitigate heavy weather at sea
    4.4 Knowledge of rescue person overboard
    4.5 Knowledge of anchoring works
    4.6 The safe practices and knowledge of towing operation
    4.7 The hazards of interaction between ships/shore
    4.8 Introduction of Search & Rescue System in Hong Kong Waters
    4.9 The preparation and procedures on the approach of a tropical storm
    4.10 The maintenance of life-saving & firefighting gears
    4.11 The cautions on handling dangerous goods on board
    4.12 The operation in assisting other vessels in distress
    4.13 The knowledge of safe working practices of rope works & lifting gears
    4.14 The knowledge of mooring operations
    4.15 The precautions of entry into enclosed spaces
  5. Chart Work and Pilotage
    5.1 Knowledge of chart symbols and usage of chart plotting equipment
    5.2 Application of Bearings, Transits, Courses, Compass error
    5.3 Application of position plotting by means of bearing/distance and
    knowledge of Latitude/Longitude
    5.4 Knowledge of voyage planning, tidal effect and prediction of tides

Part B
Collision Regulations, Buoyage & Emergencies

  • Familiarization of COLREG and its usage
  • Knowledge of Buoyage system in Hong Kong Waters
  • Knowledge of emergency response in marine incidents
  • Knowledge of distress/urgency procedures
  • Knowledge of abandon ship procedures
  • Knowledge of navigational aids


Application Procedures
A completed application form with a crossed cheque made payable to “Institute of Seatransport” should be sent by post to Rm 1407, 14/F., OTB Building,
259-265 Des Voeux Road C., Hong Kong

Contact Us

Institute of Seatransport
Tel: 2581 0003
Fax : 2581 0004

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