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                       >  Port Limit Helmsman Course (PLHC)









The aim of the course is to prepare candidates appearing for the Port Limit Helmsman Manning Licence or Class 6 (Deck Officer) Examination.



The PLHC covers the following main topics:

  • Basic Chartwork

  • Use of Singapore Tide Tables and Port Facilities

  • Knowledge of Local Buoyage System

  • Regulations for Prevention of Collisions at Sea

  • Life Saving and Fire Fighting Appliances and Equipment

  • Ship Handling and Seamanship

  • Marine Emergencies

  • Maritime Buoyage System

  • General weather conditions within port limits and special limit area

  • Watch-keeping duties and cargo work

  • International code of signals/flags


Port Limit Helmsman

  1. Citizens or permanent residents of at least 20 years of age;

  2. Have passed an approved eyesight test; and

  3. Have within the past 5 years, served a total of at least 18 months in the capacity of a master or steersman while holding a Port Limit Steersman licence, in one or more of the following power-driven vessels:

  • licensed harbour craft; or

  • vessels belonging to the Government of Singapore or a Statutory Board; or

  • sea-going vessels engaged in trade, trawlers or deep-sea fishing vessels.

Class 6 (Deck Officer) Preparatory

  1. Have served at sea for at least 24 months on deck in an approved capacity on vessels of at least 300 GT or tugboats of not less than 50 GT within the Port Limits; or

  2. Have served at sea for at least 18 months on deck in an approved capacity on vessels of over 25 GT trading regularly outside the Port Limits; or

  3. Have served at sea for at least 24 months on deck in a PORT LIMIT approved capacity on vessels of not less than 20 metres in length and carrying more than 12 passengers within the Port Limits;

  4. Have passed Medical Test for a sea-going officer;

  5. A letter of eligibility from MPA’s Shipping Division to sit for the examination on production of certificates, testimonial of sea services, etc.



COURSE FEE: $898.80 (Inclusive GST)

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