Diploma of Maritime Operations (Watchkeeper Deck)

This qualification is suitable for people who work in the maritime industry as a Watchkeeper Deck.


Total number of units = 25 units

25 core units

Core units



Handling Cargo and Vessel Stability

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Contribute to safe cargo operations on liquefied gas tankers

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Contribute to safe cargo operations on oil and chemical tankers

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Maintain vessel stability

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Monitor loading, unloading and stowage of cargo


Operational Quality and Safety

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Follow vessel security procedures

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Observe personal safety and social responsibility

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Operate survival craft and other lifesaving appliances

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Prevent and fight fires on board a vessel

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Survive at sea in the event of vessel abandonment

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Work safely in confined spaces on a vessel

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Manage firefighting and fire prevention activities on board a vessel

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Control safe access to and on vessel

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Provide medical first aid on board a vessel

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Respond to emergencies



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Provide leadership to crew



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Plan and conduct a passage

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Use an electronic chart display and information system to navigate safely

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Use bridge equipment to determine vessel position



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Ensure compliance with environmental management legislation

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Inspect and report defects and damage to vessel


Manoeuvring Vessels

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Perform basic vessel manoeuvres



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Maintain seaworthiness of a vessel



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Maintain a safe navigational watch

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Transmit and receive information by the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System

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Transmit and receive information by visual signalling


    Pathways into the qualification

    MAR40113 Certificate IV in Maritime Operations (Chief Integrated Rating)

    Pathways from the qualification

    MAR50413 Diploma of Maritime Operations (Master up to 500 GT or Master 80 metres)
    MAR60213 Advanced Diploma of Maritime Operations (Master Unlimited)

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this qualification.

Licensing Information

This qualification is currently cited as meeting some of the requirements for the certification as a Watchkeeper (Deck) as described in Marine Orders Part 3: Seagoing Qualifications under the Navigation Act 2012 by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA).

Certification will require achievement of the MAR50313 Diploma of Maritime Operations (Watchkeeper Deck), qualifying sea-service, a certificate of medical fitness and short course requirements; people seeking certification should check the requirements with AMSA.

Employability Skills

The following table contains a summary of the employability skills as identified by the maritime industry for this qualification. This table should be interpreted in conjunction with the detailed requirements of each unit of competency packaged in this qualification. The outcomes described here are broad industry requirements that may vary depending on packaging options.

Employability Skill

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include:


Make communications with engine room to ensure main engines are readied for manoeuvring

Prepare incident reports

Read, interpret and apply instructions, regulations, procedures and information associated with loading, unloading, stowage and care of cargo


Conduct meetings and briefings to maintain understanding and support with crew and stakeholders

Provide assistance to crew members to accomplish teamwork and achieve organisational goals

Work safely and collaboratively with others working in a confined space


Identify and resolve or report any problems with persons accessing the vessel

Identify and solve problems associated with loading, unloading, stowage and care of cargo

Use strategies for resolving differences to negotiate issues and problems

Initiative and enterprise

Identify stakeholders, their relationship to the vessel and perceived attitudes about the vessel

Provide suggestions to improve future operations

Recognise in time, irregularities beyond own ability to rectify, to enable remedial action to be taken

Planning and organising

Allocate, assign and prioritise resources

Plan an appropriate first aid response in line with established first aid principles, policies and procedures

Review cargo plan


Evaluate effectiveness of decisions to improve future decision making

Make decisions consistent with personal and professional values, ethics and regulatory obligations

Vary leadership and guidance strategies to meet changing priorities and situations, taking into account the differing needs and skills of individuals and the requirements of the tasks


Encourage and support crew members to take advantage of learning and development opportunities according to their needs and organisational requirements

Provide learning and development activities

Support individuals to identify their specific learning and development needs


Interpret information from bridge equipment to identify navigational hazards and fix vessel position

Store data electronically or in hard copy as required by organisational procedures and regulatory requirements

Use an electronic chart display and information system for passage planning and navigation