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Boat Engineer Course (SCV Code for Vessels Operating in the Caribbean)

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Boat Engineer Grade 1 Certificate of Attendance

This is a course for those candidates who hold the “Boat Master Level 1 & 2 Certificates of Competency” wishing to be an engineer on the commercial vessels operating under the IMO’s Code of Safety for Small Commercial Vessels Operating in the Caribbean (SCV Code) on vessels up to 24 meters and operating in coastal waters with a maximum of 750 KW.

This 5-day course is designed for the student to obtain the theory and practical knowledge required to understand the various engine systems and the maintenance of outboard, stern drive, inboard and jet drive engines including fuel systems, pollution, air intake and exhaust systems etc.

This course has been developed in conjunction with International Yacht Training and Maritime School of the West Indies (MSWI).  Their objective is to aid holders of the following Boat Master Level 1 and 2, International Certificate of Competence (COC)/License for Conventional/commercial cargo type vessel wishing to do coastal and international voyages with the capability of having an engineer on board. 

After successfully completing the course, IYT will issue a “Boat Engineer Grade 1 Certificate of Attendance”.

Successful candidates should then submit this “Certificate of Attendance” with other required documents to the Sint Maarten Maritime Authority (SXM) in order to obtain the “Boat Engineer Licence Grade 1”. 

Please contact MSWI at if you are interested in taking this course.  MSWI is the only school approved to offer this course as it is approved and governed by the Sint Maarten Maritime Authority. 


  • Hold the Boat Master Level 1 & 2 Certificates of Competency
  • The Candidate should be 16 years of age or over to take the course. 
    • SXM cannot issue a Boat Engineer license for persons under the age of 18.    
    • Night work under the age of 18 is prohibited.
  • Valid Medical Fitness Certificate – Fit for Sea Duty
  • Hold STCW 2010 Basic Safety Training Certificates       
  • Have experience with onboard power boats with propulsion of 100 KW and over (preferred but not mandatory)


  • Engines:  How do they work?
  • Engine operation
  • The 4-stroke petrol engine
    • First stroke: Intake.
    • Second stroke: Compression
    • Third stroke: power
    • Fourth stroke: exhaust
  • The 4-stroke diesel engine
    • First stroke: intake
    • Second stroke: compression
    • Third stroke: power
    • Fourth stroke: exhaust
  • The 2-stroke petrol engine – advantages and disadvantages
  • The different systems on the engine.
    • The fuel system
    • The air intake system
    • The lubrication system
    • The cooling system
  • Inboard engines:
    • The fresh-water system
    • The raw water system
  • Outboard motors Maintenance
  • The exhaust system
  • Exhaust smoke
  • Engine starter system
    • The starter motor:
    • Battery isolation switch
  • Engine start troubleshooting
  • The charging system
  • The alternator
  • Engine checks before operation
  • Engine checks during operation
  • General troubleshooting basic principles
  • The drive system:
    • from engine to propeller
    • Inboard engines
    • The gearbox
    • The stern gland
  • Galvanized corrosion
  • Propellers and assembly
  • Replacing a damaged propeller
  • The mounted propeller
  • Other inboard drive systems
  • The jet-drive – Strength & Weakness
  • Stern Drive – Advantage & Disadvantage
  • Outdrive
  • Drive System Checks and Maintenance
  • Marine Batteries

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