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Jefe de máquinas de la marina mercante (Spain)

  • Generic name of profession

    Chief engineer class I fishing vessel
  • Identification

    Name of regulated profession:
    Jefe de máquinas de la marina mercante
    Chief engineer officer (EN)
    Leiter der Maschinenanlage (DE)
    All regions
  • Legal information

    Legal basis for regulation

    EU Law :
    DIRECTIVE 2008/106/EC
    National legislation:
    • Ley 14/2014, de 24 de julio, de Navegación Marítima. Artículo 160. (Clasificación del personal de bordo). Article 165. Titulación y certificación obligatoria.
    • Law 14/2014, of 24 July on Maritime Navigation. Article 160. Clasification of Personnel on Board. Article 165. Duly certification and endorsment.
    • Real Decreto 973/2009, de 12 de junio, por el que se regulan las titulaciones profesionales de la marina mercante. Artículo 11.
    • Royal Decree 973/2009, 12th of June, by which regulates certifications of merchant shipping.


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    Type of regulation :
    Reserves of activities


    Recognition under:
    DIRECTIVE 2008/106/EC
    Additional information :

    The recognition of certificates of competency and certificates of proficiency is regulated under Article 19 . (This article was amended by the DIRECTIVE 2012/35/EU OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 21 November 2012 amending Directive 2008/106/EC).

    Recognition under Directive 2005/36/EC:
    Recognition of professional experience Annex IV - automatic recognition
    Level in case of subsidiary application of GS:
    PSM - Diploma from post-secondary level (more than 4 years) , Art. 11 e
    Prior check of qualifications under article 7(4):
    Justification for Article 7.4:


    of 21 November 2012 amending Directive 2008/106/EC on the minimum level of training of seafarers

    Article 19 Recognition of certificates of competency and certificates of proficiency’;

    1. Seafarers who do not possess the certificates of competency issued by Member States and/or the certificates of proficiency issued by Member States to masters and officers in accordance with Regulations V/1-1 and V/1-2 of the STCW Convention, may be allowed to serve on ships flying the flag of a Member State provided that a decision on the recognition of their certificates of competency and certificates of proficiency has been adopted through the procedures set out in paragraphs 2 to 6 of this Article.


    Annex II of Directive 2008/106/EC. Paragraph 5:

    The Member State has introduced measures to ensure that seafarers, who present for recognition certificates for functions at management level, have an appropriate knowledge of the maritime legislation of the Member State relevant to the functions they are permitted to perform. According to paragraph 5, to serve on board Spanish flag as a master or chief mate, the maritime administration of Spain requires to pass an exam about the maritime legislation of Spain.


  • Activities

    Description of activities:

    Instructor o evaluador o responsable de la supervisón de la formación y de la evaluación de la competencia de la gente de mar prescritas por el Convenio, en diferentes tipos de centros de formación marítima.

    Capitán marítimo (en la administrción marítima).

    Inspector de flota.

    Inspector en una Sociedad de Clasificación o para la administración Marítima.

    Intermediario para la compra / venta / alquiler de buques y embarcaciones.

    Cualquier trabajo relacionado con el transporte marítimo, la seguridad marítima y la prevención de la contaminación del medio marino.


    Instructor, assessor or responsible for the supervision of the training and assessment of seafarers’ competence, as required by the STCW Convention, in different maritime training centres.

    Sea Captain (in the maritime administration).

    Fleet in Service Surveyor

    Surveyor in a Classification Society or in the Maritime Administration.

    Intermediary in the sale/purchase/rent of vessels and yacht.

    Any job related to maritime transport, safety and preventing pollution of environment marine.


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