Basically a seaman works on the ship should choose to work in the deck or the engineering departments. Local vessels, river trade vessels or seagoing vessels requires crew members.
The local vessel trade covers a wide spectrum of services. Apart from the ferries which we usually have more opportunities to take, there are various types of vessels operating in the waters of Hong Kong, providing a host of services. The local vessel trade is essential.
The deck department is mainly responsible for ensuring safe navigation of vessels, safe handling and maintaining cargo on the vessels in good condition.
Take ferries as an example, a coxswain of local ferries must possess the Local Coxswain Grade 1 Certificate and certificates in relation to personal survival, first aid at sea, fire prevention and fire fighting, and radar and radio equipment, etc. Holders of Local Coxswain Grade 2 or Grade 3 Certificate may serve as an assistant coxswain on board local ferries, or serve as a coxswain on board some ferries with smaller size.
To become a coxswain of local ferries, one must first complete recognised maritime courses and training, and receive in-service training. Upon acquiring sufficient sea time, one may apply for the examination for a Local Coxswain Grade 3 Certificate. Having accumulated more sea time, one may sit for examinations to acquire Grade 2 and Grade 1 certificates progressively. After acquiring the Grade 1 certificate, the person is eligible to serve as a coxswain.
The engineering department is responsible for the maintenance and repair of all machinery and electrical appliances on board, as well as ensuring that the vessel has sufficient fuel reserves.
To become a chief engineer of the engineering department of local vessels, one must first complete recognised training and in-service training. Upon acquiring sufficient sea-going experience, one may apply for the examination for an Engine Operator Grade 3 Certificate. Having accumulated more sea time, one may sit for examinations to acquire Grade 2 and Grade 1 certificates progressively. After acquiring the Grade 1 certificate, the person is eligible to serve as a chief engineer.