STCW 95 III/I Engineer Officer of the Watch – Examination Route (earlier called as Class IV course)
If a student is able to clear all his written and oral examinations in time as well as his workshop training skills prorgramme, he can hope to be back with his COC in 5 months time. The visa will be issued for a period of 6 months during which you will get 2 attempts to clear the written exams. MCA oral exams can be given at any time during his stay in the UK after having received his Notice of Eligibility. IAMI written exams are held 5 times in a year whilst the workshop training duration is 15 weeks. Hence, if a person sits for his IAMI exams during the workshop period and also clears his MCA orals during the workshop period, he would have completed everything in 15 weeks i.e. in about 4 months. It takes 2 weeks to apply and get your COC after having cleared your MCA orals, IAMI written and workshop exams.
COURSE STARTING DATE:
January ; April ; September
The following is the procedure for Electrical Officers with a Degree in Electrical Engineering:
Apply for a Letter of Comparability from NARIC, UK:- As a graduate electrical engineer you will need to send your documents to NARIC (National Recognition Information Centre for the United Kingdom) for getting a Letter of Comparability from them. The time duration to receive a Letter of Comparability would be 1 month approximately. Please do visit the NARIC website www.naric.org.uk. You have to fill up the Online Application Form and make the requisite payment as mentioned on the NARIC website. Take a printout of the Application Form and the PaymentReceipt. On filling up the Application Form, you will receive a Reference Number which will be used for tracking the status of your application. You will need to send the following documents (photocopies only) to NARIC:
Apply for a Letter of Initial Assessment (LIA) to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA):- After you have received a Letter of Comparability (LOC) from NARIC, you will need to apply to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), UK to get a Letter of Initial Assessment. The process will take about 45 days (including time for postage) and the costs incurred will be 57 GBP (approx. 4,900 INR) plus postal charges. You will need to post the following documents to the MCA address in Southampton, the address is given in the last page of the LIA application form. We will send the LIA form to your email address upon your request for the same:
-> COMPLETED LETTER OF INITIAL ASSESSMENT FORM -> NARIC LETTER OF COMPARABILITY (ORIGINAL ONLY) -> DEGREE PASSING CERTIFICATE AND INDIVIDUAL SEMESTER MARKSHEETS (ORIGINAL ONLY) -> CDC (ORIGINAL ONLY) -> 2 PASSPORT SIZE PHOTOGRAPHS -> DD OF 57 GBP IN FAVOUR OF "MARITIME AND COASTGUARD AGENCY"
Apply for your MNTB Training Record Book:- After receiving your Letter of Initial Assessment, you will now apply to Warsash Maritime Academy to send to you the MNTB Training Record Book along with the study material. The MNTB Training Record Book has tasks which are to be completed on board ship during your sea service as a TRAINEE MARINE ENGINEER and not an ELECTRICAL OFFICER. This record book will be later assessed when you return to Warsash Maritime Academy for your workshop training, written and oral examinations. Please post the following documents to us to apply for your MNTB Training Record Book from Warsash Maritime Academy.
-> ENGINE COURSE BOOKING FORM -> LETTER OF INITIAL ASSESSMENT (PHOTOCOPY ONLY) -> NARIC LOC (PHOTOCOPY ONLY) -> DEGREE PASSING CERTIFICATE (PHOTOCOPY ONLY) -> 1 PASSPORT SIZE PHOTOGRAPH -> DD OF 50 GBP IN FAVOUR OF "SOUTHAMPTON SOLENT UNIVERSITY INCOME ACCOUNT"
Join ship to complete your required sea time for EOOW exams:- After receiving your MNTB Training Record Book, you will have to join ship and complete the requisite sea service as mentioned in the Letter of Initial Assessment given by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA). It is likely to be 9 - 12 months in your case.
Enroll at Warsash Maritime Academy, Southampton, UK:- You will need to make a payment of 1200 GBP to reserve a seat for yourself in the college. This deposit will be deducted against your tuition fees, the balance of which you will pay on joining the college in UK. If you wish, you can book a seat whilst you are applying for your MNTB Training Record Book by making a combined payment of 50 GBP + 1200 GBP. Seats get filled up almost a year in advance. Hence, we advise people to book their seats as soon as possible.
Join Warsash Maritime Academy, Southampton, UK:-You will be undergoing workshop training and revision of the study guides sent to you. This will be followed by written examinations and MCA orals, successful completion of which will lead to your receiving the Engineer Officer of the Watch (EOOW), Certificate of Competency (COC). The total duration of stay in the UK will be approximately 6 months (subject to your clearing your written and oral exams in the first try) and your total expenses (i.e. tuition fees + living expenses + flight fare + visas) including would be about 6.5 Lakhs. The money that you will need to show for the visa would be approximately 9 Lakhs. With the EOOW, COC you can sail upto the rank of a 3rd Engineer on board Merchant Ships.
The following is the procedure for Electrical Officers with a Diploma in Electrical Engineering:
The Electrical Officer must have a Diploma in Electrical Engineering as an academic qualification. The MCA may accept other similar qualifications in Electrical Engineering also on a case to case basis.
The Electrical Officer must have completed atleast 24 months on Merchant Ships as a full Electrical Officer (and not trainee or assistant Electrical Officer).
After completing atleast 24 months as an Electrical Officer, the applicant should get a STCW III/4 Watch Rating Certificate from a White List approved Maritime Administration for e.g. India, Srilanka, etc. If it is not possible for Electrical Officers to get the STCW III/4 Watch Rating Certificate from the MMD India, they can get it from another White List country also for e.g. Srilanka (www.cinec.edu / + 94 11 2413500)
After getting the STCW III/4 Watch Rating Certificate, the applicant will apply for a Letter of Initial Assessment to the MCA.
Once the applicant has received his Letter of Initial Assessment, he will apply for a MNTB Training Record Book from Warsash Maritime Academy, Southampton, UK.
Now the applicant needs to sail for 12 months as an Engine Rating or Junior Engineer (and not as an Electrical Officer). During this 12 months of sea service, the applicant will complete the MCA approved MNTB Training Record Book. 6 months out of this 12 months must have been spent as first assistant to the engine watchkeeper and associated with watch keeping duties.
After finishing his requisite sea service of 12 months, the applicant will go to Warsash Maritime Academy, Southampton, UK to complete his Workshop, Orals and Written examination. The expected duration of stay will be 6 months and total expenses (tuition fees and living expenses) will be 6.5 Lakhs provided the applicant clears all his exams within the stipulated period of 6 months. The appicant will need to show around 9.0 Lakhs as liquid funds to be able to secure the UK student visa.
STCW SHORT COURSE DETAILS:
The following short courses need to be completed by the students from India, preferably before going to the UK:
Advanced Fire Fighting
Medical First Aid
Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Craft
If for some reason, the student is not able to complete these courses prior to going to UK, he can come back from the UK, finish the short courses, send the certificates to MCA UK and the MCA will post the COC to the student.
COST OF LIVING IN SOUTHAMPTON:
The approximate living cost is as given below but it will vary from person to person:
Accommodation rent: £ 180 – 220 / month / person
Food (home cooked): £ 40 – 60 / month / person
Electricity and heating bills: £ 10 – 20 / month / person
Most banks in India do not understand what is a COC course and hence you will find resistance in their giving you education loans. They will come up with objections that the course is not a degree / diploma course, they do not give loans for nautical courses, ask you to get approval from DG Shipping about the course, tell you that you are not a student as you are already working and hence they cannot give you a loan. However, 80% students going for 2nd Mates course do still manage to get an education loan. It is always advisable to apply to atleast 5 different banks for your education loan because you can never be sure that any particular bank may give you a loan. We have come across many cases where the bank has promised a student to give the loan and later backed out at the last moment. Hence, it is very important that you apply to atleast 5 different banks and hope that some bank will help you out. If you happen to know the bank manager personally, getting an education loan becomes that much easier. We can give you loan sanction letters of past students which may be of help to you in convincing the bank manager to give you a loan. The loan processing time may take anywhere between 1 week to 1 month. You can apply for an education loan only in the city where you reside for e.g. somebody staying in Delhi has to apply for his loan from Delhi only and can’t apply from Mumbai. You may also contact CREDILA for education loans. CREDILA is a non banking financial company approved by the RBI and they specialize in only giving educational loans. They have given loans to students of WARSASH MARITIME ACADEMY in the past. They would however ask you for the necessary documents like collateral, guarantors, etc. You may contact Mr. Sunil Sawant of CREDILA at the following numbers: 09987759433 / 09869165643. You may also try to take Loan Against Jewellery. This is the fastest means of getting a loan as the money is disbursed on the same day. Most banks for e.g. HDFC, ICICI, etc. give loans against jewellery.
If a student wishes, he can book his own flight tickets or we will book for him if required. We do have tie-ups with airlines which helps us to get an additional 10 kgs of extra baggage for our students. Also, we try to ensure that no student travels alone by having atleast 3 – 4 students on the same flight. The flight fares vary considerably depending upon which time of the year you are flying and how early are you booking the tickets. For e.g., a one way fare from Mumbai to London will vary from 15,000 – 22,000 Rs/- whilst a return fare i.e. Mumbai – London – Mumbai will vary from 27,000 – 45,000 Rs/-.
HOW TO REACH SOUTHAMPTON:
There are direct / indirect flights from Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Calcutta, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Cohin to London. On arrival at the London Heathrow airport, you will have to go through immigration check up which may take about 1 – 2 hours depending upon the rush at the airport. Joining the London Heathrow Airport is the National Express Coach station / bus stop. You can buy the bus ticket at the bus stop and the fare is approximately £15 for a one way trip. The journey duration from London Heathrow airport to Southampton is about 75 – 90 minutes and there is a bus leaving every 45 minutes on an average. If you happen to arrive at London airport after 9 PM, it is advisable to stay back at the airport in the night and take the early morning bus to Southampton. You will find many tourists / students staying overnight at the London airport and taking the morning coach to their respective destination. You will not be charged for staying during the night at the airport but you will have to make do with a chair only or maybe sit on the floor with your luggage. On reaching Southampton bus stop, you will take a taxi to your landlord’s house or to a hotel. As the bus stop is located in the heart of the city of Southampton, your taxi fare will not be more than £5.
TRAVELLING TO WARSASH MARITIME ACADEMY FROM YOUR HOME:
The college runs a free bus service only for the students from the University campus (located about 10 minutes walking distance from your likely residence) to Warsash Maritime Academy and back, five days a week. The college bus time table will be available at the reception of the college. The bus journey would be about 35 minutes. Some students buy their own car and share the petrol expenses with other students who travel along with them. You can drive on an Indian driving license for upto 1 year in the UK.
The following are the different ways, you can get a house in Southampton.
2 weeks prior to your leaving for Southampton, we will give you telephone numbers of the landlords who rent out their houses in Southampton. You can call them and express your interest in taking their house on rent. The house can’t be finalized over the phone as an agreement will be signed between the landlord and the tenant. Moreover, the landlord must find you to be acceptable to him and you also need to see the house before you confirm the house.
Students from previous batch usually have some rooms vacant and they email us to pass on their details to the new students who will be coming. We shall pass on their details to you so that you can get in touch with them.
Some students decide to rent a Bed and Breakfast (B&B) for one day on their arrival in Southampton. They then see a few houses and decide which one to take.
On signing the contract with the landlord, you will have to pay one month’s of rent as security deposit as well as the rent in advance for that month. Please ensure that you keep a copy of your contract safely with you and insist that the rent will be paid by cheques only. Ask the landlord for a copy of rent receipt as well for your safety. Most contract’s come with a one month notice period which means that you will have to give one month’s notice before vacating or else you may lose your deposit money. At the time of returning the deposit money, the landlord may make deductions for any damage that the tenant may have done to the property. Most of the houses are usually fully furnished i.e. you will have a bed, mattress, wardrobe, study table, curtains, gas stove, washing machine, refrigerator, etc. A TV may be there but you will have to pay for the cable connection. The houses are usually 3 – 4 bedroom + hall + kitchen. The bathroom and kitchen are usually shared between the student’s whilst each student has an independent room for himself. Student’s usually do their own cooking as eating outside is very expensive in the UK. You will have to buy your own utensils as they are not provided for by the landlord.
CARRYING MONEY TO UK:
Students can carry money to the UK as currency notes, travelers cheques, demand drafts and international student debit cards. We advise the students to carry about £ 500 as cash (£ 1,000 if they are carrying their family) and the remaining by loading their international student debit cards. International student’s debit cards are provided free or cost to the students and we will provide you with one prior to your going to the UK. The advantages of students debit card are given below;
You can swipe the debit card in the college and pay the college fees. Hence, you save the money on making demand draft (i.e. approximately 700 Rs/-).
For any purchase in the UK, you can swipe your student’s debit card without any additional charges instead of having to pay in cash.
If you lose the demand draft, it is a very tedious process to get your bank to cancel the draft as you will have to file an FIR in the police station and follow up the other procedural formalities. If you lose a debit card, you simply call the bank, they will cancel the debit card and post a new card to you for a small fee.
If you fall short of money in the UK, your parents / friends in India can contact the bank and pay the bank in Indian rupees to top up the card. You can withdraw the money from your card in the UK. It saves your parents the hassle of trying to figure out how to do the telegraphic transfer from India and the charges involved in the telegraphic transfer.
If you are carrying a demand draft in your personal name for your living expenses in the UK, you will have to wait till your bank account is opened in the UK. This process may take 2 – 4 weeks and then only will you be able to deposit the demand draft. If you are carrying an international student’s debit card, you can withdraw cash from any ATM machine in the UK at any point of time. You must note that your bank will charge you for cash withdraw from the ATM using your international students debit card.
The best procedure is to load your card in India with money required for your balance tuition fee payment and £ 2,000 for your living expenses (apart from the £ 500 that you carry in cash). On joining the college, pay the college tuition fees by swiping your student’s debit card. Once, you have opened your bank account, you can withdraw the cash from your student’s debit card and put into your bank account. Your bank will issue you with a cheque book and the local bank ATM card for money withdrawal which will not charge your for ATM withdrawals.
The visa rules keep on changing very frequently. Hence, the rules in the past may not be acceptable in the future. There is a separate page on this website giving information on UK visa application procedures.
Kunal Anshuman, Official Representative (India) – Warsash Maritime Academy, Southampton, UK. Tel: 022 3250 6858 / 9892725375 Email: email@example.com Visit: www.springdaleindia.com Address: Office No. 529, Mastermind IV, Royal Palms, Aarey Colony, Goregaon E, Mumbai – 400 065