Master 3000 CoC Oral Exam Preparation


The STCW Master 3000 oral exam is conducted by the MCA. Candidates will hold the OOW 3000 Certificate of Competence and have completed the necessary sea time and additional modules (see below). This certificate is required to Captain yachts up-to 3000 tonnes


The Master 3000 Prep course is bespoke and usually 1:1. Most students initially buy 12 or 16 hours. Some then choose to top up. We find three or four 4-hour session works very well, however session can be shorter if required.


Before the OOW 3000 Exam you will require;


The course is a mix of teaching, revision and mock questions.


Plan and conduct safe navigation
  1.  Passage planning with respect to the use of navigational publications including navigational charts (including ECDIS and RCDS), sailing directions, list of lights, tide tables, radio navigational warnings and ships’ routing information
  2. The requirements of ships routing and mandatory reporting systems
  3. IALA systems of maritime buoyage
  4.  Electronic navigation systems – limitations and sources of error, methods of correction
  5. Radar and ARPA – practical use of, modes of operation, limitations, sources of error and parallel indexing
  6. Sources of meteorological information, ability to use and interpret information obtained from shipboard meteorological instruments (the instruments supplied by the Meteorological Office will be taken as standard), knowledge of characteristics of various weather systems, reporting and recording systems
Establish Safe Navigation Watches
  1. A thorough knowledge of the principles of navigational watchkeeping at sea, including under pilotage, and watchkeeping at anchor and in port
  2. A thorough knowledge of the content, application and intent of the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (ColRegs)
  3.  Conduct in or near Traffic Separation Schemes and Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) areas
  4. Understand the use of bridge equipment, including course recorders, echo sounders and NAVTEX
  5. Knowledge of steering control systems, including automatic pilot, operational procedures and change-over from manual to automatic and vice versa, adjustment of controls for optimum performance
  6. Knowledge and application of the ICS Bridge Procedures Guide
  7. A knowledge of the principles of establishing a safe engineering watch at sea, atanchor and in port
  1. Use, care and limitations of the magnetic and gyro compasses and associated equipment including automatic pilot
Ship manoeuvring
  1. Conning the ship, effects of wind and current and limited under keel clearance; Interaction and squat
  2. Berthing and unberthing at jetties, quays, mooring buoys with/without tugs, with/without tidal streams, with/without winds
  3. Manoeuvres in restricted waters and open waters
  4. Embarking and disembarking pilots
  5. Limitations of remote control operation of marine power plant and auxiliary machinery
  6. Anchors: different types of anchors and their advantages and disadvantages, preparation for anchoring, anchoring in a tideway and in confined waters, operation of anchoring with a single anchor and use of a second anchor, dragging anchor, clearing a fouled anchor and hawse, hanging off an anchor, breaking and slipping cables, getting under way
  7. Navigation in the vicinity of ice, ice reporting and steps to be taken in the event of ice accretion
  8. Manoeuvres to launch and recover rescue boats and survival craft

Response to Emergencies

 Response to navigational emergencies
    1. Measures to be taken following: accidental damage including collision, grounding, flooding or major mechanical damage, including the possibility of beaching a ship, and protection of the marine environment
    2. Knowledge of the effect on trim and stability, and subsequent actions in the event of damage to and consequent flooding of a compartment
    3. Preparations and precautions for towing and being towed
    4. Use of the International Aeronautical and Marine Search and Rescue (IAMSAR) Manual (Vol. III), distress and emergency signals, Search and Rescue (SAR) around the UK and world-wide
    5. Knowledge of the operation of emergency steering systems

Response to other emergencies

  1. The organisation and direction of fire-fighting and abandon ship parties
  2. Methods of dealing with fire onboard ship; prevention of fire at sea and in port
  3. Action to be taken to prevent spread of fire
  4. Operation, maintenance and testing of fire-fighting equipment, fire doors, dampers, screens and detection equipment
  5. Operation, maintenance and testing of watertight doors, side scuttles and scuppers
  6. Launch, manage and ensure survival in survival craft, recover survival craft at sea and beach or land survival craft
  7. Operation, maintenance and testing of lifesaving appliances
  8. Knowledge of the contents of the SOLAS training manual
  9. Action to be taken when disabled and in distress
  10. Assisting a ship or aircraft in distress; rescuing the passengers and crew of a disabled ship or ditched aircraft
  11. Safety during helicopter operations

Onboard Ship Operation

Compliance with pollution requirements
  1. Measures to be taken to prevent pollution in port and at sea
  2. Take appropriate action in response to pollution incidents onboard and found at sea
  3. Knowledge of the contents of the SOPEP Manual, Garbage Management Plan and use of provided anti-pollution equipment
  4. Practical knowledge of the requirements of the MARPOL Convention
  5. Knowledge of responsibilities, duties, obligations and liabilities in respect of pollution
 Seaworthiness of the ship
  1. Preparations for sea prior to sailing with respect to watertight integrity and additional precautions to be taken before the onset of heavy weather
  2. Practical knowledge of the particular loadline items affecting seaworthiness
  3. Action in the event of ingress of water into the hull
  4. Preparation for dry-docking and undocking with and without damage, general
  5. procedure and precautions to be observed
  6. Use and care of deck machinery commonly fitted
Crew management
  1. Knowledge of personnel management, organisation and training including disciplinary procedures
  2. Application of hours of work legislation
Maintain safety of ships crew and passengers
  1. Master’s responsibility with respect to stowaways and prevention of smuggling
  2. Precautions to safeguard against terrorism, piracy and robbery
Legislative requirements
  1. Knowledge and application of current Merchant Shipping Health and Safety legislation including the Code of Safe Working Practices for Merchant Seamen15 and the main elements of risk assessment
  2. Improvement and prohibition notices
  3. Safe manning, crew agreements, conditions of employment, Official Log Book and the law relating to entries
  4. Understanding of loadline marks, entries and reports in respect of freeboard, draft and allowances
  5. Routine inspection of living quarters, storerooms and complaints procedures
  6. Requirement for records including Oil Record Book
  7. Requirements for drills and training
  8. The requirements of the regulations concerning fire-fighting appliances
  9. Knowledge of the requirements of the regulations concerning life-saving equipment
  10. Knowledge of international conventions relevant to the operation of ships, including certificates and other documentation required to carried onboard ships
  11. The requirements for statutory and classification surveys
  12. Reports required by the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB)
  13. Obligations with respect to pilotage
  14. Towage and salvage agreements
  15. Purpose of Flag State and Port State Control
  16. Purpose and application of the International Safety Management (ISM) Code
  17. Purpose and application of the International Ship and Port Security Code (ISPS)
  18. Documentation required for vessel under 3000GT


  • 1:1 Tuition (can be face to face or remote (over zoom)
  • Tea/coffee and on site parking (or zoom login)


  • Your NOE and MCA oral exam


Please discuss bespoke dates with us.


Our Lead Deck Officer Instructor is the MCA’s former Chief Examiner. This is the man who recruited and trained many of today’s MCA examiners as well as set the standards they should follow. If you book our classroom or zoom preparation course, he will be involved in the delivery of your training and will carry out your 1:1 mock exam. There is no one better to have on your team as we help prepare you for your MCA oral exam.

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