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Commission Delegated Directive (EU) 2020/12 of 2 August 2019 supplementing Directive (EU) 2017/2397 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards the standards for competences and corresponding knowledge and skills, for the practical examinations, for the approval of simulators and for medical fitness (Text with EEA relevance)

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IV.STANDARDS FOR PRACTICAL EXAMINATION FOR OBTAINING A CERTIFICATE OF QUALIFICATION AS A BOATMASTER

1. Specific competences and assessment situations

The examination comprises two parts: one on journey planning and, a second one, on journey execution. The assessment for the journey execution shall take place in a single session. Each part of the examination consists of several elements.

For boatmasters, who have neither completed an approved training programme based on the standards of competence for the operational level nor passed an assessment of competence by an administrative authority aimed at verifying that the standards of competence for the operational level are met, the requirements are supplemented with the specific elements laid down in the standards set out in Section V (additional module on supervision in the context of the practical examination for obtaining a certificate of qualification as a boatmaster).

With respect to the content, the examination shall comply with the following requirements:

Journey planning

The part of the examination on journey planning comprises the elements listed in the table in Appendix 1. Elements are grouped in categories I and II according to their importance. 10 elements from each category shall be selected from that list and tested in the examination.

Journey execution

Applicants are required to demonstrate that they are capable of executing a journey. An indispensable precondition for that is that applicants handle the craft themselves. The individual elements to be tested can be found in the table in Appendix 2 and – unlike the journey planning part – all of them shall always be tested.

Examiners are free to decide about the content of each individual examination element.

Appendix 1 Content of the part of the examination on journey planning

In each category, 10 elements shall be tested. The applicant can reach 10 points in each element as a maximum result.

For category I, applicants must reach a minimum of 7 out of 10 points in each tested element. For category II, applicants must reach a minimum total score of 60 points.

No.CompetencesExamination elementsCategory I-II
11.1.1navigate on European inland waterways including locks and lifts according to navigation agreements with the agent;I
21.1.3consider economic and ecological aspects of the craft operation in order to use the craft efficiently and respect the environment;II
31.1.4take account of technical structures and profiles of the waterways, and take precautions;I
41.2.1ensure safe manning of craft in accordance with the applicable rules;I
51.3.3ensure safe access to the craft;II
62.1.1respect the principles of inland waterway shipbuilding and construction;II
72.1.2distinguish construction methods of craft and their behaviour in the water, especially in terms of stability and strength;II
82.1.3understand structural parts of craft and damage control and analysis;II
92.1.4take action to protect the craft’s watertight integrity;I
102.2.1understand functionalities of craft equipment;II
112.2.2respect specific requirements for transport of cargo and passengers;I
123.1.1understand relevant national, European and international regulations, codes and standards concerning the operation of transporting cargoes;II
133.1.2compose stowage plans including knowledge of loading cargoes and ballast systems in order to keep hull stress within acceptable limits;I
143.1.3.control loading and unloading procedures with regard to safe transport;I
153.1.4differentiate various goods and their characteristics in order to monitor and ensure safe and secure loading of goods as laid down in the stowage plan;II
163.2.1respect the effect on trim and stability of cargoes and cargo operations;I
173.2.2check the effective tonnage of the craft, use stability and trim diagrams and stress calculating equipment, including ADB (Automatic Data-Base) to check a stowage plan;I
183.3.1understand relevant national, European and international regulations, codes and standards concerning the transportation of passengers;II
193.3.2arrange and monitor exercises on safety as laid down in the (safety) muster list in order to guarantee safe behaviour in potential situations of danger;II
203.3.3communicate with passengers in emergency situations;I
213.3.4define and monitor on board risk analysis of limited access for passengers as well as compile an effective on board protection system in order to prevent unauthorised access;II
223.3.5analyse reports given by passengers (i.e. unforeseen occurrences, defamation, vandalism) in order to react accordingly;II
23.4.4.1prevent potential damage to electric and electronic devices on board;II
244.5.3evaluate technical and internal documentation;II
255.1.1ensure safe behaviour of crew members with regard to the use of materials and additives;II
265.1.2define, monitor and ensure work orders so that crew members are able to perform maintenance and repair work independently;II
275.1.3purchase and control material and tools with regard to health and environmental protection;II
285.1.4ensure wires and ropes are being used according to the manufacturer’s specifications and intended purpose;II
296.3.2apply national, European and international social legislation;II
306.3.3follow strict alcohol and drug prohibition and react appropriately in cases of infringement, take responsibility and explain consequences of misbehaviour;II
316.3.4organise provisioning and preparation of meals on board;II
327.1.1apply national and international legislation and take appropriate measures for health protection and the prevention of accidents;II
337.1.2control and monitor validity of the craft’s certificate and other documents relevant to the craft and its operation;I
347.1.3comply with safety regulations during all working procedures by using relevant safety measures in order to avoid accidents;I
357.1.4control and monitor all safety measures necessary for cleaning enclosed spaces before persons open, enter and clean those facilities;II
367.2.5control life-saving appliances and the correct application of personal protection equipment;II
377.3.1initiate preparations for rescue plans of different types of emergencies;II
387.4.1take precautions to prevent environmental pollution and use relevant equipment;II
397.4.2apply environmental protection laws;II
407.4.3use equipment and materials in an economical and environmental-friendly way.II
Appendix 2 Content of the part of the examination on journey execution

All elements listed in this part of the examination shall be tested. In each element, the applicant must reach a minimum of 7 out of a maximum of 10 points.

NoCompetencesExamination elements
11.1.1Navigate and manoeuvre the craft appropriate to the situation and in accordance with the statutory requirements of navigational law (as a function of current speed and direction, checking of depth of the water and loaded draught, underkeel clearance, traffic density, interaction with other craft etc.);
21.1.4Dock and cast off the inland waterway craft, in a right and proper manner and in compliance with statutory and/or safety-related requirements;
31.1.5Readjust or reset navigation aids if necessary;
41.1.5Gather all the information relevant for navigation supplied by the navigation aids and use it to adapt the handling of the craft;
51.1.6Turn on the necessary devices at the steering position (navigation aids such as Inland AIS, Inland ECDIS) and adjust them;
62.2.2Check that the craft is ready for the journey in accordance with the regulations, and that the cargo and other objects have been stowed safely in accordance with the regulations;
74.2.2Appropriately respond to malfunctions (to be simulated, where appropriate) during navigation (e.g. increase in temperature of cooling water, drop in engine oil pressure, breakdown of main machine(s), rudder failure, disturbed radio communications, breakdown of radio telephone device, uncertain direction of other craft), decide on next steps and arrange or take appropriate steps as regards maintenance work to ensure safe navigation;
85.1.2Handle the craft in such a way as to be able to anticipate the possibility of an accident and avoid unnecessary wear and tear; frequent checking of the available indicators;
96.1.1Establish specific communication with crew members (on board communication) concerning various manoeuvres and as part of staff meetings (for example briefings) or with persons with whom cooperation is required (using all radio communication networks);
106.2.2Communicate with the persons concerned (on board) and with other players (sector traffic centre, other craft etc.) during these activities in accordance with the regulations (networks, waterways along the route travelled): use of radio telephone, telephone;
117.3.3Deal with an emergency situation (to be simulated, where appropriate – e.g. man overboard, breakdown incident, fire on board, the escape of hazardous substances, leaks) by means of prompt and prudent rescue and/or damage limitation manoeuvres or measures. Notifying and informing the relevant individuals and competent authorities in the event of an emergency;
127.3.4Communicate with the persons concerned in the event of malfunctions (on board) and with other players (use of radio telephone, telephone) so that problems can be resolved.

2. Technical requirements for craft used for the practical examination

The craft used for a practical examination shall be covered by Article 2 of Directive (EU) 2017/2397.

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