Class 4 (EOOW) Course for Engine Ratings

Course Title:

STCW III/I Engineer Officer of the Watch (EOOW) – Examination Route (earlier called as Class 4 course)

Course Starting Dates:

January ; April ; September

There are 3 batches every year. Seats get filled up about 6 months in advance usually.

Applying for the UK MNTB TRB and Course Booking:

  • The acceptable ranks under this route would be OILER / MOTORMAN and FITTER. Sea service as a WIPER is not
    counted as WIPER rank is associated with cleaning duties only.

  • The first step is to apply for a UK MNTB Training Record Book (TRB). You need to have completed atleast 24 months
    approved seagoing service in the engine room of a merchant vessel having propulsion power of 350 kW or more in
    the rank of a Oiler / Motorman / Fitter.  You also need to have a STCW III/4 Watch Rating Certificate before you can
    apply for the UK MNTB TRB. Please scan & email or Whatsapp the following documens to apply for the UK MNTB TRB:

> Passport - 1st and last page
> CC - 1st page and sea service stamped pages
> STCW basic courses - PST + PSSR + FPFF + EFA
> Chief Engineer testimonials of atleast 24 months (
CE Testimonial Sample Format)
> Watch Rating Certificate (STCW III/4)
> Valid Medical Fitness Certificate in ILO 147 Format from any DG Shipping approved Doctor (
ILO 147 Sample Format)
> Electronic bank transfer of 1,070 GBP in favour of the college.

Whatsapp: +91 9892725375

Please contact Mr Shivpal Yadav from Cox & Kings, Mumbai at 09920708065 for any assistance required regarding the
electronic bank transfer payment to be made to the college. Demand Drafts are not being accepted by the college any more.

  • Please note that a Watch Rating Certificate (STCW III/4) from Panama and Liberia are also acceptable if you have not
    got one from the Indian MMD. For Fitters, their sea service upto 24 months before a Watch Rating Certificate will be
    acceptable under the new rules. However, before applying for the MNTB TRB they will need to get a Watch Rating
    Certificate and thereafter complete another 9 months of sailing whilst completing the MNTB TRB.

  • It will take about 3 weeks time to receive the MNTB TRB from the college.

  • Along with the UK MNTB TRB, you will receive the study material for written exams and also the Letter of Initial
    Assessment (LIA) from the college. The MNTB TRB comes as a hard copy (not as a soft copy) from the UK and will be
    posted to our address in Mumbai by the college. We will guide you on how to complete the MNTB TRB when you  
    come to collect the MNTB TRB from our office in Mumbai. If it is difficult for you to come to collect the MNTB TRB in
    Mumbai, we will courier the MNTB TRB to your address or your shipping company incase you are already onboard

  • Whilst working in the Engine Room, it is possible that some pages of the MNTB TRB may get damaged or that  some
    of the columns in the MNTB TRB are wrongly filled. Hence, we have uploaded a soft copy of the MNTB TRB here so
    that you can take a printout of those pages which have got damaged. Please note that if you do not buy the MNTB
    TRB from the UK college and simply fill up the printed soft copy of the MNTB TRB, it will not be accepted in UK for    
    the Class 4 CoC course. The college registers the date on which you have purchased the MNTB TRB and only
    signatures of the 2/E and C/E after that date on your MNTB TRB will be accepted. You can download the softcopy of
    the MNTB TRB for printing the damaged pages only by visiting the link: MNTB TRAINING RECORD BOOK

  • You must now complete a minimum of 9 months of approved sea service in the engine room of vessels of 750 kW or
    more including six months of sea service as the first assistant to the Engineer Officer in charge of the Watch whilst
    undertaking watch-keeping or UMS duties. You will also complete the Merchant Navy Training Board (MNTB) Training
    Record Book (TRB) while completing the sea service under the training scheme and maintain a workbook describing
    the TRB tasks carried out. Your total sea service should not be less than 33 months (24+9) whilst you should have
    completed the MNTB TRB over a minimum period of 6 months during this 9 months of sailing period.  

  • For booking a seat in the college, the student has to pay a deposit of 1,200 GBP in favour of "SOUTHAMPTON
    SOLENT UNIVERSITY INCOME ACCOUNT". This deposit will be adjusted against your workshop tuition fee, the
    balance of which you have to pay on joining the course in UK. This deposit is not refundable but can be transferred in
    the name of the student against a future course date within 24 months from the first course starting date. There is no
    transfer charge for postponing your seat upto a maximum of 24 months.

  • If a student wants to apply for the MNTB Book and book a seat also simultaneously, he can make a payment of 1,070
    GBP + 1200 GBP together. In such a case, the student is assured that he has got a seat confirmed from the college   
    and will not miss out on the batch because of seats having got filled up earlier.
Applying for a Notice of Eligibility (NoE):

Students need to apply for a NoE with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), UK to be eligible to appear for the SQA
wriitten and MCA oral examinations in the UK. You can apply for your NoE from India prior to going to the UK or you can
apply for your NoE during your stay in the UK. It is not necessary to be in possession of NoE for booking the course.
However, if you have doubts that some of your sea-time may not be counted by the MCA for whatsoever reasons (for e.g.
missing documents, no stamps on the CDC, CE testimonials not in the proper format, less propelling days, sailed on Gulf
ships, etc.), it would be advisable to do your NoE before booking your course.  The processing time for the NoE is normally
28 working days but it may extend upto 2 - 3  months also depending upon the work load at the MCA. If your documents are
found to be forged, all your documents will be  seized and you will not be allowed to sit for exams in the UK again.

The following is the procedure to apply for a NOE:     

  • Download the NoE Form MSF 4275 and fill up the NoE form  by pen in CAPITAL LETTERS only.
  • The documents you need to send for your NoE application are the NoE form, LIA issued by the college, Passport (first
    and last page notarised copy), CDC, STCW basic courses (PST, PSSR, FPFF, EFA), CE testimonials of 33 months as
    Oiler / Fitter, MNTB Training Record Book (including workbook and piping line diagrams), valid Medical Fitness
    Certificate in ILO 147 Format, 2 passport size photographs (size 40mm x 50m with white background) and a DD of £
    201 in favour of “MARITIME AND COASTGUARD AGENCY”. Please note that all documents have to be in original
    except for the Passport whose notarised photocopy of first & last page is to be sent.
  • Send the documents by a good courier for e.g. DHL and check on the DHL website when the documents have been
    received by the MCA. MCA postal address is given in the NoE form.
  • If you have not got any information from the MCA after 40 days, please send an email to the MCA at            mentioning your Name, Date of Birth and Courier consignment number. Ask them, what is
    the status of your NOE.

Please visit the links below which would help you with the NoE application process:

NoE Form        NoE - Sample Filled Up Form        NoE Form Filling Procedure        ILO 147 Medical Format

The NoE is not required for booking a seat in the college or for applying for a UK visa application. It will be required before
you can sit for the MCA orals or the SQA written examination.

MCA, UK rules explaining eligibility conditions for Engine CoCs can be read in
MSN 1857

STCW short course details:

The following MCA, UK approved short courses need to be completed before you can be issued with a UK EOOW CoC.
These courses are however not required for applying for a Notice of Eligibility (NoE) with the MCA, UK.

  • Advanced Fire Fighting (AFF)
  • Medical First Aid (MFA)
  • Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Craft (PSC&RB)

It is expected that the MCA, UK approved STCW advanced courses (AFF+MFA+PSC&RB) will soon be commencing in
Mumbai. It is estimated that the fees for these 3 STCW advanced courses together will be around 1 Lakhs approximately.

If for some reason, the student is not able to complete these courses prior to going to the 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 in about 3 weeks

Course Examination and Duration:

You will need to clear the following exams successfully to be eligible for a EOOW CoC:

  • EK Motor, EK General and EK Control - SQA written exams
  • IAMI General Engineering Science A and Science B examination
  • Human Element Leadership and Management (HELM - O) course
  • Workshop training skills
  • MCA oral examination.

Your course duration in the UK will be for 5 months. The visa will be for a period of 6 months during which a student will get 2
attempts to clear his exams. MCA oral exams can be given at any time during his stay in the UK after having received his
Notice of Eligibility (NoE). IAMI and SQA written exams are held 5 times in a year. It takes 3 weeks to apply and get your    
CoC after having cleared your MCA orals, SQA and IAMI written exams and workshop skills test.

Your first attempt at the SQA and IAMI written exams will be 4 months after course commencement date. Your 2nd attempt
will be in the 6th month after course commencement date i.e about 2 weeks before your visa expiry date. If you clear all of
your written, orals and workshop exams in the first attempt, you will be applying for your CoC in the UK itself and can come
back with your CoC before your 6 months visa expires. The MCA processing time for issuing a CoC is 2 - 3 weeks. If you
clear all your exams in the 2nd attempt, your exam results will be posted to India. Thereafter, you will courier your
documents to the MCA from India itself for applying for your CoC. It will take 7 - 8 months to get your CoC if you cleared your
exams in the 2nd attempt.

If you did not clear your written exams in the 2nd attempt, then your visa would have expired and you will need to make an
additional trip to the UK to resit those pending exams. There is no restriction in the number of attempts a student can give to
clear his exams. Normally 80 - 90% of the students are able to clear their exams within the 2 attempts and hence do not
have to make the additional trip to the UK. Visas cannot be extended in the UK. If you do need to make a 2nd trip to the UK,
you will incur an additional expense of about 80,000 Rs/- for your flight ticket, visa fees, resit examination and approximate 3
days of hotel stay in the UK.

Total expenses in the UK:

Your expected total expenses in the UK inclusive of Tuition Fees, Exam Fees, NoE, STCW Short Courses, Food &
Accommodation, Flight Tickets (to and fro), Visa Charges, etc, will work out to about 12 Lakhs approximately assuming
1 £ = 90 Rs/-. If the value of £ goes up, your total expenses will go up as well and vice versa.

The approximate living cost is as given below but it will vary from person to person:

  • Accommodation rent: £ 180 – 240 / month / person in a non-sharing room
  • Accommodation rent: £ 120 – 160 / month / person in a room shared by 2 students
  • Food (home cooked): £ 40 – 50 / month / person
  • Electricity and heating bills: £ 10 – 20 / month / person

Accommodation, Food and Flight Tickets:

: College does not guarantee hostel accommodation for overseas students. Students stay in rented
apartments as it works out to be much cheaper. A typical house would have 4 - 5 rooms which would be rented out to the
students. Each room would be fully furnished i.e. the room would have a bad, mattress, wardrobe, study table, carpet, lights
and heating system. The student would pay the room rent to the landlord every month. The kitchen and the washroom
would be shared amenities. The kitchen would typically have a dining table, microwave, refrigerator and cooking system in
place. On arrival in the city of Southampton, you can directly move into the rented accommodation or alternatively stay in a
Bed & Breakfast (budget hotel) for one night, check out a few houses the next day and accordingly move into one of the
many available rented accommodations. A single room would house one student, a couple or 2 students at the maximum.
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.

A list of landlords are given below whom you can start contacting 1 - 2 weeks prior to your departure for the UK:

  • Ms. Navida Khan - 00 44 7926572624
  • Mr. Baldev Singh - 00 44 7882865130
  • Mr. Pravin Patel - 00 44 77032 45857
  • Mr. Rafiqui - 00 44 77668 25344
  • Ms Geeta Uppal - 00 44 2380331992
  • Mr Paul Singh - 00 44 7724221130
  • Mr Singh - 00 44 7828659152
  • Mr Harpal - 00 44 7888664922
  • Mr Singh - 00 44 7817787899
  • Mr Daljit Grewal - 00 44 7733105020
  • Mr Steve Athwal - 00 44 7894064139
  • Mr Yougesh Vashist - 00 44 7971079035
  • Mr Singh - 00 44 7794251243
  • Ms. Anupreet Kaur - 00 44 74024 89098
  • Mr Iain Macdonalad - 0044 7415729935
  • Home Life Lettings - 0044-23 8058 6838 and 0044-7789938394.

Most of the landlords are Gujaratis or Punjabis. The accommodations are located about 5 - 20 minutes walking distance
from Southampton Solent University.

Alternatively, you can stay for 1 day in a Bed and Breakfast Hotel (budget hotel) on arrival in Southampton and check out
houses the next day. Visit the link below for a list of such budget hotels in the vicinity of the University:
Bed and Breakfast Budget Hotels

Food: All food items that are available in India are also available in Southampton, UK for e.g. rice, wheat, dal, vegetables,
chicken, mutton, fish, fruits, etc. Students staying in a house buy their groceries together and divide the cost amongst
themselves. Eating outside at restaurants, take-away, etc. are very expensive because of the high cost of labour in UK and
hence invariably all students cook their food together at home only. Grocery shops are located at 5 - 10 minutes walking
distance from the accommodation areas.

Flight tickets: You do not need to have your flight tickets whilst applying for a UK student visitor visa. Students usually book
their flight tickets after having received their UK student visa. A to & fro fare will range from 40,000 - 70,000 INR. Prices
vary depending upon season and how far is your travel date from the date of booking. You arrival airport in the UK will be
London Heathrow. If required, we will introduce you to a travel agent who will assist you with the flight ticketing process. It is
strongly advised that you buy a to & fro (i.e return ticket) as some students with a 1 way ticket have faced problems at the
immigration counter.

You will be introduced to the other students going along with you so that you can decide whom do you want to share your
accommodation with in Southampton and accordingly book your flight tickets together. There are about 200 students going
to Warsash Maritime Academy, Southampton, UK from India every year for the various Deck and Engine post-sea CoC
courses over the 3 batches starting in January, April and September respectively.

Educational Loans:

Banks in India are usually reluctant to sanction loans for CoC courses and the typical reasons for refusing loans are as
given below:

  • Seafarers are often not considered by banks as students and hence banks are reluctant to sanction loans to them.
  • Some bank managers do not understand what a CoC course is and hence their reluctance.
  • As CoC courses do not fall under the category of Degree / Diploma courses, hence the reluctance from banks.
  • CoC course duration is usually less than 1 year and banks are reluctant to give loans for courses less than 1 year.
  • Some banks insist on students getting a letter from DG Shipping, India stating that overseas CoC courses are
    approved. It is next to impossible for students to get such a letter from DG Shipping, India.

If you know somebody in a bank, it gets much easier to get your loan sanctioned. If not, it is always advisable to approach
atleast 5 different banks and hope that some of these banks may consider your loan application favourably. Do not chase
only 1 bank as it is possible that the bank may refuse your application and you may not have enough time left to apply for
educational loans to other banks.

We have uploaded loan sanction letters of various banks on the first page of our website It may
be of help in convincing your bank manager to sanction your loan once he sees that his bank (but a different branch) have
given loan to another student for the same course in the same college.

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 you wish to apply for an educational loan, please let us know and we will ask the bank personnel to get in touch with you.

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  £25 for a one way trip. The journey duration
from London Heathrow airport to Southampton is about 90 minutes and there is a bus leaving every 45 minutes on an
average. If you happen to arrive at London airport after 7 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. From September 2017 onwards, the EOOW course will be taught completely at the Southampton
Solent University campus which will be about 5 - 20 minutes walking distance from your residential accommodation.

Carrying money to the 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 £ 1,000 in 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:

  • 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 £ 1,000 and carry about £ 500 as cash with yourself. This amount
    of money should be able to cover the cost of your food and accommodation during your stay in the UK.
  • The tuition fees would have been paid by electronic bank transfer to the college already prior to your departure to UK
    and hence it need not be loaded on the students travel card.

Visa Procedures:

The visa rules keep on changing very frequently. Hence, the rules that are valid today may not be the same in the future.
We will assist you with the visa procedure. Please take note the following:

  • Your passport should be valid for atleast 6 months after the course commencement date at the time of visa application.
  • There should be atleast 3 blank pages in your passport out of which there should be 2 back to back blank page.
  • You need to show about 11 Lakhs funds for your visa after having booked a sear in the college. This can be shown as
    cash in your bank account, educational loan or a mix of the above. You will need to explain the source of cash being
    shown in your bank account. It is best to allow your salary to gradually build up in your bank account as it is easy to
    explain salary as your source of funds in the bank. You can show money in more than 1 bank account also in your
    name. Any sudden reflection of money in your bank account before the visa application date which cannot be
    explained becomes a cause for visa refusal.
  • Your parents can also show funds on your behalf. You will need to submit your parents source of income.
  • The visa processing time is 3 weeks normally. There is also a Fast Track Visa application system wherein by paying
    150 GBP extra over and above the visa fees, students can receive their visas in 3 - 5 working days. This is helpful for
    students who are applying for their visas very late.

Working in the UK - Part time / Full time:

If your course duration is less than 6 months, then you are not allowed to work part-time in the UK. As the EOOW course
duration is only for 5 months, hence the visa stamp on your passport will mention that work is not allowed. Please DO NOT
WORK in the UK on this visa because you will be deported back to India if caught working on this visa. Also, you will be
banned from applying for a UK visa for the next 10 years. You could also face problems if you join a ship which were to touch
a UK port in the future.

Contact Us:

Kunal Anshuman,   
Springdale India
Tel: +91 - 98927 25375                                
Address: Office No. 529, Mastermind IV, Royal Palms, Aarey Colony, Goregaon E, Mumbai – 400 065

Note: To reach our office, take autorickshaw from Goregaon (E) station. It will cost you about 70 Rs/- and the distance is 3.0
kms from station. It should take you about 20 minutes to reach our office in normal traffic conditions from the station.
Alternatively, take Bus No. 452 from Goregaon (E) station and get down at the last bus stop i.e. Mayur Nagar. The office is
about 10 minutes walk from the Mayur Nagar bus stop. If you are coming from Powai direction, it will take you about 30
minutes to reach our office by auto rickshaw and the fare will be about 150 Rs approximately.

Please call before you plan to come to the office so that we can schedule a mutually convenient date and time.

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