The Chief Engineer Limited credential allows the holder to serve as Chief Engineer on vessels less than 1600 GRT on Ocean and Near Coastal waters and as Chief Engineer within horsepower limitations on vessels of any tonnage on Inland Waters. The credential can be endorsed for Oceans or Near Coastal.


NMC Checklist for Chief Engineer Limited Steam/Motor

CFR Reference: 46 CFR 11.518

RECENCY: 90 days in the past 3 years on vessels of appropriate tonnage

DECK DEPARTMENT EXPERIENCE on vessels of appropriate tonnage may substitute for up to 25% or 180 days (whichever is less) of the required service (may be applied towards recency).


DECK AND ENGINE EXAMINATION GUIDE: ESS 2-3, 2-4, 2-5, 2-6. At this link, you will find two Deck & Engine Examination Guide.  If your qualifying service for the license began before March 24, 2014, you may opt to be examined under the procedures of the old Deck Examination Guide.

To Apply for the Credential

Application Procedure

 Credential Assistance

If you need help determining your eligibility or completing your application, please email us at Credential Assistance.