Students in this course should have an Original Near Coastal license prior to starting this course since the purpose of the course is to increase the scope of their license from Near Coastal to an Ocean endorsement. Although the course is designed with the professional mariner in mind, it remains open for anyone simply wishing to expand his or her maritime knowledge. Candidates desiring the license must submit their completed application package to the appropriate U.S. Coast Guard Regional Examination Center for evaluation as prescribed by applicable regulations and policies.
Any applicant who has successfully completed the Oceans Navigation / Celestial Navigation (500/1600 GRT) (MIDATL-107) course and who presents the Certificate of Training within one year of the completion of training, will satisfy the Navigation General: Oceans and Navigation Problems: Oceans examination requirements of 46 CFR 10.223(d) and 11.401(c) for an increase in scope from Near Coastal to Oceans endorsement for one of the following:
- Any deck officer credential up to Master or Mate 500/1600 GRT; OR,
- Master or Mate of Offshore Supply Vessels; OR,
- Master or Mate of Uninspected Fishing Industry Vessels; PROVIDED, the applicant provides evidence of having previously completed the Celestial Navigation training requirements of 46 CFR 11.309(a)(4)(viii) and tasks 1.1.A, 1.1.B, 1.1.C, 1.1.D, 11.E, and 1.1.F from NVIC 12-14 for an endorsement as OICNW.
The practical assessments conducted in this course will be accepted as the equivalent of the following assessments from the National Assessment Guidelines for Table A-II/2 of the STCW Code, As Amended 2010 and documented in NVIC 10-14 tasks: 2.1.A, 2.1.B, 2.1.C, and 3.1.A.
Applicants who have successfully completed this course need not present completed Record of Assessment Sheets for these assessments in application towards STCW certification.
The objective of the course is to provide students with the detailed knowledge to support the training outcomes related to celestial navigation under Seafarers’ Training and Certification of Watchkeeping (STCW) Code as amended under Table A-II/2; Specification of minimum standard of competence for masters and chief mates on ships of 500 gross tonnage or more.
Function: Navigation at the management level
Competence: Determine position and the accuracy of resultant position fix by any means
Knowledge, understanding and proficiency
- Position determination in all conditions by celestial observations
Recommended Study Material:
Watchstanding Guide for the Merchant Officer Robert J. Meurn 1990.
Merchant Marine Officers Hand Book. William B. Hayler, Editor
Master’s Handbook on Ship’s Business Third Edition Tuuli Messer
The Business of Shipping Seventh Edition Lane C. Kendall James J. Buckley 2001.
Upcoming Course Dates:
Class Start Times:
Day Classes: 8:00 a.m.
Night Classes: 4:00 p.m.
Check-in Time Starts at:
Day Classes:7:00 a.m.
Night Classes: 3:00 p.m.
Required Course Tools:
Weems and Plath Triangle #101 (2 Triangles are required) $15.00
Weems and Plath 15 Parallel Ruler “$20.00”
Weems and Plath Ultralight Divider/Compass #176 $23.00
Weems and Plath Rude Starfinder 2102-D $42.00
Texas Instruments TI-30Xa Scientific Calculator $16.00
Weems and Plath Nautical Slide Rule #105 $23.00