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Procedure in e-Pariksha for online application for issuance of Certificate of Competency (CoC) for MEO Class-IV

The DG shipping has started online application facility to MEO Class — IV candidate through the ePariksha module. The Directorate has made it mandatory for successful candidates of MEO Class-IV to follow the above online procedure for applying for MEO Class-IV CoC with effect from 30 / 10 / 2017. Physical submission of CoC application at MMD for MEO Class - IV shall not be entertained from 30 / 10 / 2017.. The Directorate therefore prescribes the following procedure for on-line submission of CoC application, review, approval and issuance of CoC to candidates who have successfully passed their MEO Class-IV grade of engineering examination.


Procedure for submission of on-line application for issuance of MEO Class-IV CoC by CANDIDATE 

Login to account using ePariksha Login credentials 
Click on Certification tab and then select Fee Detail
Click on pay button which will redirect to bill desk
Pay the fee for COC application. 
After the payment, click on the COC Application Form 
Click on page 2 at the bottom of the application form.
Click on the submit button at the bottom of the page 2 to apply for COC. 
Click on the Print Option to print the COC application form in case you wish to keep a hard copy of CoC application.

The CoC shall be dispatched by speed post and the applicant will receive a confirmatory mail including speed post tracking details.
In case a query is raised and application is kept on hold, answer the query satisfactorily and resubmit. The query should be answered in two working days failing which the submitted application shall be deemed to be rejected and the candidate has to apply afresh.Candidate desiring to have his EXN-45 booklet may collect the samefrom MMD as per his convenience.

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DGS High Voltage Training not mandatory for COC Engineering officers and Electro technical officers

High Voltage training requirements brought int by 2010 Manila convention for Engineering officers and Electro Technical Officers in both operational levels and management level is no longer mandatory. It is only mandatory for those who wish to work on HV system ships (ship with 1000V and above). All others will get their COC with the following Limitation.

"Not Valid for service on ships fitted with High Voltage (over 1000V) System" 

So it is no longer mandatory for engineers to under this course and to get the limitation stamp removed from COC

This is the extract from the DG circular File No: ENG/EXAM/CIRC-25(1)/2017

  1. The 2010 Manila Amendments to STCW 78 Convention brought in the requirement for engineer officers to undergo education and training in High Voltage (HV) systems, at both the operational and management levels. This requirement came into effect from 1st January 2017 and is applicable to all Engineer Officers and Electro-Technical Officers who work on ships. The compliance with the same was later extended by IMO for six months as majority member States were not ready with certification of their seafarers complying with 2010 amendments
  2. The Directorate has extended the date to fulfil the requirement of undergoing training in HV systems to 1st July 2018 vide corrigendum No.2 to EAC branch circular No.134 of 2017 dated 5.5.2017.
  3. Subsequently, the Directorate has received several queries from various stake holders with a request for clarifying on the requirement of undergoing training in HV systems by the Engineer Officers (both operational and management level) and Electro Technical Officers.
  4. The Competent Authority after due deliberations and on receipt of clarification from IMO has decided that no additional training on HV systems be undertaken by Engineer Officers (operational and management) and Electro-Technical Officers who do not or don't intend to, work on ships with HV systems. Hence the necessity for completion of approved High Voltage Training course by Engineer Officers and Electro-Technical officers is no more a mandatory requirement for working on board ships not fitted with HV systems. However, such Engineer Officers and Electro Technical Officers will receive Certificate of Competency (CoC) with following limitation:
"Not valid for service on ships fitted with High Voltage (over 1000V) systems".
  1. The Engineer Officers (operational and management level) and Electro-Technical Officers with above High Voltage limitation on their CoC, preferring for deletion of the limitation in due course of time, may do so with a request for the removal of this limitation by providing documentary evidence of having undergone approved HV systems training course.
  2. Considering the propulsion and power distribution systems onboard ships have changed substantially over the years and the current changed technology has already enabled the construction of bigger and newer ships installed with HV equipment to handle the massive power requirements and that the STCW 78 Convention, as amended, require these ships to be operated by personal competent in the safety/design/operation/ maintenance of 1-IV systems, it is advised that all operational level/management level Engineer Officers and ElectroTechnical Officers may keep their CoC valid for sailing on such type of vessels in future by completion of necessary HV training.

Urgent Notice- COC correction sticker mandatory for all Indian seafarers and how to get it

This is an important notice to all seafarers holding COC. We all have upgraded/updated our COC as per the manila 2010 convention. But a major paragraph in the front page cover of our COC has not been updated as per the 2010 convention. So as per the message from DG, almost all seafarers have to correct this mistake in their COC. So DG had directed us to get the correction in our COC from the nearest MMD at our convenience. But now DG as come up with a new method to take the print of the COC correction sticker from DG website. This article explains why it is required and how to download the sticker from the DG website

As per the Circular from DG

CoC's issued by the Directorate in accordance with 1995 amendments to STCW 1978 convention have been upgraded after completion of the necessary STCW requirements by means of endorsements in the CoC's for compliance. However, notes with Regulation I/2, paragraph 9 of the Convention on the front pastedown endpaper page of the CoC's have remained unchanged.

THEREFORE, in order to prevent issues relating to Indian CoC's during Port State Control [PSC] Inspections, it is hereby directed that all Indian CoC's complying with 2010 amendments to STCW 1978 convention, the notes on the front pastedown endpaper page of the CoC is to be now read as following: "The original of this certilicate must be kept available in accordance with Regulation I/2, paragraph 11 of the Convention while serving on a ship".

8. The Mercantile Marine Departments [MMDs] are hereby directed that CoC's revalidated or upgraded to 2010 amendments to STCW 1978 convention with containing notes of "Regulation I/2, paragraph 9 of the Convention" of the front pastedown endpaper page, shall be endorsed with a stamp that "The original of this certificale musl be kept available in accordance with Regulalion I/2, paragraph I1 of the Convention while serving on a ship" in the additional pages of CoC booklet.

The same endorsement is now available as sticker in the DG website

1. Open

2. Open E-Governance

3. Login using your username and password

4. Click on tab- COC, DC Endorsement, GMDSS Radio operator

5. Click on COC correction sticker as per 2010

6. Download the sticker with your INDOS number and take print out in Photo quality using color printer on self adhesive sticker paper and paste the same sticker in additional pages of your COC

Please go through the circular from DG

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Dangerous cargo endorsement (DCE) certificate online application procedure for Oil Chemical and Gas in MMD / documents required for level 1 & 2 DC

DG Shipping has taken new initiate for the processing of oil, chemical and gas dangerous cargo endorsements certificate online (DC Endorsements) for Level 1 (Operational or Basic) and for Level 2 (Advanced or management level). Now we dont have to personally visit MMD for documet submission or collecting certificate. Everything can be made online. This article defines you the step by step process for the online application.


1) Open
2) Go to e-governance and log in using your INDOS number and password

3) Open the tab COC, DC endorsement, GMDSS Radio operator

4) Select basic (type 1 for operational level) or Advanced (type 2 for management level)

5) All your personal details will be there by default. In this page you have select MMD name type of dce required (Chemical, oil or gas), New or Renewal. Require all other details as required and press continue

6) Enter your postal adress and select you want DCE BY POST or will collect BY HAND

7)Enter the certificate details
i) AFF/basic fire fighting
ii) Ref AFF/ Ref basic fire fighting
iii) advanced/ basic tanker familiarization course

8)Enter your seatime and cargo carried

9) Next pae shows the fees to be paid
i) Rs 3000 for Basic
ii) Rs 4500 for Advanced

10) If all datas are entered, then generate the APPLICATION NUMBER. Make sure all datas are entered correctly before this step. Datas cannot be changed after this step.

11) Once the application number is generated, you can click on Pay Now link to proceed for payment. You can make payment with debit card, credit card, net banking and wallet.

12) Make payment

13) You will get the acknowledgment receipt

14) Now next step is to upload the certificates. Go to the home page and click on DC, COC endorsements as we did earlier. Now click on the link pay COC, COP fees, upload documents.
You can also pay the fees later with this link.

15) You can upload the required files from here
i) Signed application form in pdf format
ii) Photograph in jpg format as per specification 
iii) Signature as per specification in pdf format
iv) Certificates in one pdf file
v) Compnay letter in pdf format
vi) old dce certificate in pdf format
vii) Self attested pdf file of CDC showing all relevant sea time
Upload the documents

16) You can see the below page with comment, Documents successfully uploaded.

17) Now you can check the status of your application by visiting the link PAY COC, COP FESS, LOAD DOCUMENTS AND VIEW STATUS link.

Once the status shows approved, you can personally collect the document from the MMD if you have selected the mode as BY HAND or you will receive by post if you have selected the mode as BY POST


DG Shipping to issue marksheet along with COC

DG shipping has taken new initiative to issue the mark sheet. For the first time marksheets are being issued to all candidates of foreign going grades on sucessful completion of written and oral examination along with the Certificate of Competency (CoC) for nautical wing. Marksheet for 2nd Mate(FG), Master (FG) and 1st Mate(FG) started issuing from 1st, 19th and 30th September, 2016, respectively. Below is the notice diplayed in dgshipping official website. No message has not yet come for the engineering wing.

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Ballast water management (BWM) convention to enter into force in sep 2017

The International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments (BWM Convention) will enter into force on 8 September 2017. The convention stipulates that it will enter into force 12 months after ratification by a minimum of 30 States, representing 35% of world merchant shipping tonnage. Finland ratified this convention on 8th september 2016 to make the total gross tonnage to 35.1 percent and contracting parties to 52. So, after 12 months from this date, this convention will come into force on 8th september 2017.

This convention deals with halting the spread of invasive aquatic species, which can cause havoc for local ecosystems, affect biodiversity and lead to substantial economic loss. Under the Convention's terms, ships will be required to manage their ballast water to remove, render harmless, or avoid the uptake or discharge of aquatic organisms and pathogens within bal'iast water and sediments

The BWM Convention was adopted in 2004 by the lnternational Maritime Organization (lMO), the United Nations specialized agency with responsibility for developing global standards for ship safety and security and for the protection of the marine environment and the atmosphere from any harmful impacts of shipping.

From 8 September 2017, all ships of 400gt and above will be required to have onboard
- An approved Ballast Water Management plan
- A Ballast Water Record Book.
- All ships fitted with Ballast water treatment systems must have a type approval certificate in compliance with the IMO Guidelines for the approval of ballast water management systems
- An International Ballast Water Management Certificate or statement of compliance.

Master checker - seafarers personal database in dg shipping e-governance profile

 All the seafarers have been provided with the facility to view his or her details in the master Checker in his profile. In the Master Checker, the candidate can view all the data such as CDC details, Training details, sea service details, COC details, details of other certificates like Watch keeping, Dangerous Cargo endorsement, GMDSS etc.

It is mentioned that this data is uploaded in the system by the issuing authorities. Therefore, if there is any corrections to be made in the data or if some details are found missing, then the candidates please approach the respective authorities/agencies as under-
-INDOS database- INDOS cell
-CDC details- Respective Shipping Master
-Training details- Respective Maritime Training Institute
-COC details- Nautical or Engineering wing of DGS
-WKC/ Dangerous Cargo/GMDSS- Respective MMDs
-Sea service details- Shipping Company if Articles of Agreement is to be uploaded or RPSL if the -Form -IIIA is to be uploaded. (It is mentioned here that the RPSL cannot uploaded the data which is more than three months old).

All seafarers has to make sure that RPSL agencies, Maritime Training institutes and the Ship owners have uploaded the data regularly in time, so that the seafarer is not inconvenienced at the time of the assessment for examination or endorsements.

Explain shipping term Sheer and its purpose

This article explains the terms sheer, flare and camber in ship construction and its purpose

Sheer is the rise of the deck in a fore and aft direction. The amount of the sheer is measured vertically from a level line through the deck at the midship to the deck at the two perpendiculars.

a) To increase the reserve buoyancy at the ends of the vessel.
b) To counter the immersion of the ends that may occur during pitching and is important particularly for smaller vessels
c) To increase the "Seaworthiness of the ship, that is amount of water coming in on deck would be reduced
d) since fore end is more susceptible to immersion than the aft end, "standard sheer is a parabolic curve with sheer twice that of sheer aft. Modern ships have straight line sheer, often in the fore body only, in some cases only over the forward one third ship's length. Sometimes, very large ships, the minimum bow height is achieved without the need for sheer, conversely, very small vessels may hve very large sheer forward and aft

Flare and its purpose

Camber and its purpose

Explain Camber in ship construction and its advantage?

This article explains the definition and purposes of camber, sheer and flare.

Camber is the rise of the deck from the ships side to the centerline,

a) to facilitate drainage of water,
b) Increase the resistance to deflection under load;
c) Standard camber is parabolic and approximately 1/50th of the breadth of the ship. Modern ships have "dog-log' camber where they are level across the deck between the hatches then dropping in a straight line to the deck at side.
d) the upper deck were to be constructed flat, the humps & hollows that occur due to welding distortion would delay complete drainage.

Flare and its purpose

Sheer and its purpose

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