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  • Bridge-watchkeeping definition

    What is the MCA's definition of deck bridge watchkeeping? I can't seem to find it on thier website.

    For instance, on my first trip I spent around about 2 months observing the OOW and the AB lookout and checking for compass errors until the captain put me in a more pro-active role of secondary lookout. Does all the time I spent on the bridge count as bridge watchkeeping time or just the time spent as a secondary/primary lookout?

  • #2
    It counts if it was signed off on your sea service testimonial as bridge watch keeping time - given that you are asking then I guess it wasn't signed off as this on your testimonial.

    The MCA requirement is specified in your TRB somewhere - it will also be specified in STCW - your ship will have a copy onboard - have a look... If I remember rightly it can be summarised as "Not less than 8 hours in any given 24 hour period on the bridge" (Time spent in port on class II vessels doesn't count as watch keeping time).
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    • #3
      Actually, I had been wondering about that. Port watch on class one counts. But why? Not that I'm complaining.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by CharlieDelta View Post
        Port watch on class one counts. But why?
        Do you have a reference for that?

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        • #5
          Emm... as Steve said, I think you'll find that it doesn't. (I might have mixed up class I and II...)

          Which technically makes it impossible to meet the requirement on a cruise ship :-p
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          • #6
            Hmm. From what I've been told the MCA rarely have any issues with our seatime, so I was led to believe that was the case.

            If port watches are excluded then that makes things very difficult!
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            • #7
              A watch in harbour is not a "navigational watch" and I'm pretty sure that STCW requires "navigational" watches.

              However, the MCA tend to apply the rules in a more sympathetic manner. For example, if you must have 6 months navigational watchkeeping experience within your last 12 months sea time, you'd be utterly screwed if your ships spent less than 6 months underway in your last 12 months sea time.

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              • #8
                What about an anchor watch?

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