Small Vessel Operator Proficiency (SVOP)
This course provides basic theoretical knowledge to people with specified practical skills and experience in commercial power driven vessels. On completion of the course, students will have the skills and knowledge to take charge of a non-commercial vessel up to 5 tonnes operating in designated waters. The SVOP Certificate is valid for the operators of a small non-passenger commercial vessel. This may be a fish farm utility boat, a small trading vessel or patrol vessel under eight metres LOA and five gross tons operating in Home Trade 4 and minor waters limits.
Note: The SVOP certificate is required for anyone who is acting as the Master/Skipper/Captain of a fishing vessel that is 15GT or less. Many companies and operators opt for all crew to take the SVOP so that they have the flexibility of any one of the crew being able to Captain the vessel. If they only have their crew take the MED A3 and ROC-M, those people can work as deckhands but can’t take command of the vessel by themselves.