Small Commercial Vessel Crewmember are often part of a 2-3 person team, working on a wide variety of specialist vessels ranging from tugs and workboats to fast pilot boats and crew transfer vessels taking personnel out to vessels or installations offshore.
Workboats operate in varying marine environments, such as the construction of offshore wind farms or providing a range of services within ports or inland waterways, including surveys and towage, support vessels in major salvage operations and wreck removal. These vessels are typically less than 24m in length, with accommodation for up to 5 persons.
The Small Commercial Vessel Crewmember Apprentice program incorporates all aspects of the Small Commercial Vessel Crewmember Apprenticeship Standard and additional RYA/MCA qualifications over two years.
By the end of the Apprenticeship, a Small Commercial Vessel Crewmember will be able to do the following:
- Communications – including use of VHF and UHF radios.
- Navigation and vessel handling – the ability to manoeuvre the workboat and check position using bridge equipment.
- Berthing – bring workboat alongside and handling mooring ropes to secure the workboat.
- Towing operations and laying moorings.
- Personnel transfers – ensuring all precautions are taken to allow the safe transfer to other boat or structure.
- Cargo handling – assist in slinging of loads, crane operations.
Small Commercial Vessel Crewmember apprentices at SeaRegs also gain a Skippers licence for commercial vessels under 24m giving the opportunity to a career pathway to higher-level skippers certificates.
By the end of the training, apprentices should have the required underpinning knowledge, have the relevant sea service to gain a recognised skippers certificate for commercial vessels up to 24min length and have a host of recognised certificates that employers around the world require.
Timings may alter slightly due to weather conditions, practical aspects of the course and employer schedules.