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Deck Officer

Minimum standard of competence for officers in charge of a navigational watch on ships of 500 gross tonnage or more according to Table  A-II/1 of STCW (Standard Training Certification and Watch Keeping) as amended:
“The Deck Officer should use  IMO Standard Marine Communication Phrases (S.M.C.P.) and use English in written and oral form.
He should have an adequate knowledge of English to use charts and other nautical publications, to understand meteorological information and messages concerning ship’s safety and operation, to communicate with other ships, coast stations and VTS centres and to perform the officer’s duties also with a multilingual crew, including the ability to use and understand the  I.M.O. Standard Marine Communication Phrases (I.M.O. S.MC.P.)”.