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Guide to Mate / Mate Coastal Jobs

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A Mate requires current STCW’95 qualifications for marine fire fighting; first aid at sea, sea survival, pre-sea and social responsibility.

For the luxury yacht industry, the necessary officer of the watch (O.O.W.) certificate of competency (C.O.C.) must be obtained from an accredited training institution, so that they may perform watch keeping duties. The requirements for an O.O.W. yacht less than 3000gt would be an RYA Yachtmaster offshore C.O.C. commercially endorsed(ENG1 medical), 36 months sea service on a vessel of 15m or more, GMDSS certificate, navigation and radar with general ship’s knowledge (O.O.W. yacht) and the MCA oral examination.

The mate would be the senior deck officer on board a mid sized yacht, responsible for exterior maintenance, tender operations and organizing deck crew work assignments. This is becoming more of a managerial position, and further training and experience will be needed to progress up the ladder towards captain. At this point you could in effect be “deputy captain”, needing the ability, while the captain has the responsibility. Salaries range from $3000 to $5000 per month, with positions available in Caribbean / U.S. or Mediterranean / Europe.

On the merchant offshore side, you may train for the position, starting as a deck cadet with grade 12(Mathematics and Science) and S1 and S2 in maritime studies at an accredited training institution. You will need 12 months sea time, a GMDSS certificate, able seaman and advanced fire fighting qualifications before being able to sit the SAMSA oral examination for deck officer certificate of competency (STCW95 II/1: officer in charge of a navigational watch). You would start as a 4th mate, earning around $2000+ per month (R15 000) and earn leave of around 16 days per 30 days served. This is rotational work, with some companies now using paired manning, being two or three months on followed by two or three months off. Progression now up to 2nd mate requires no extra tickets and would depend on ability and experience. Mate coastal is required on all vessels >100 but <500 GT on near-coastal voyages or engaged in mining activities.

Jobs for Mate / Mate Coastal in South Africa (& for South African citizens internationally)

Employment opportunities for mate / mate coastal do exist in South Africa with more jobs available on large charter vessels operating in the Caribbean / U.S. or Mediterranean / Europe.

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1st Crew are experienced in the placement of suitably qualified applicants seeking employment on luxury yachts to mega yachts and jobs on ships to super tankers, both internationally and in South Africa. We offer a managed marine recruitment service to yacht and ship owners.

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