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USCG National Designated Duty Engineer (DDE)

 
License Description

A DDE means a qualified engineer, who may be the sole engineer on vessels with a periodically unattended engine room.

A designated duty engineer DDE is defined by STCW as the engineer in charge of a watch in a periodically unmanned engine room. Under the United States regulations, the DDE may serve as a Chief Engineer on domestic vessels of not more than 500grt. The 1000hp and 4000hp DDE credentials are valid only on near coastal and inland waters and the unlimited horsepower level is valid on any waters. For many industries, including Towing, Offshore Supply, Megayachts, or other vessels up to 500 grt, this is an ideal license to obtain as a step towards the higher level assistant and chief engineer licenses.

Required Examinations

DDE-Unlimited HP, Original or Increase in Scope

-      Motor Plants and/or Gas Turbine Plants as appropriate

-      Engineering Safety & Environmental Protection

-      General Subjects

-      Electrical, Electronic, & Control Engineering

* Increase in Scope: From DDE-1000 HP/4000 HP to DDE-Unlimited HP

* To Increase in Scope, by adding a propulsion power must complete:

Motor Plants OR Gas Turbine Plants as appropriate.

 

Successful completion of MPT course #TBD; DDE 4000 Horsepower: OR

DDE- 1000/4000 Horsepower Original

-      Motor Plants and/or Gas Turbine Plants as appropriate

-      Engineering Safety & Environmental Protection

-      General Subjects

* To Increase in Scope, by adding a propulsion power must complete:

Motor Plants OR Gas Turbine Plants as appropriate.

General Requirements

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Minimum Age Requirement:

DDE Unlimited (AHP) - 21

DDE 4000 HP/3000 kW - 19

DDE 1000 HP/750 kW – 18

OICEW - 18

The applicant for an officer endorsement, whether original, renewal, duplicate, or raise of grade, must establish to the satisfaction of the Coast Guard that he or she possesses all the qualifications necessary (including but not limited to age, experience, character, physical health, citizenship, approved training, professional competence, and a test for dangerous drugs) before the Coast Guard will issue to him or her a merchant mariner credential (MMC). An applicant for any STCW endorsement must hold the appropriate national endorsement unless otherwise specified.

English language requirements.

An applicant for an Officer Endorsement must demonstrate an ability to speak and understand English as found in the navigation rules, aids to navigation publications, emergency equipment instructions, machinery instructions, and radiotelephone communications instructions.

Experience and service.

An applicant for a national officer endorsement must have at least 3 months of required service on vessels of appropriate tonnage or horsepower within the 3 years immediately preceding the date of application.

No original officer endorsement may be issued to any naturalized citizen based on less experience in any grade or capacity than would have been required of a citizen of the United States by birth.

Experience and service acquired on foreign vessels is creditable for establishing eligibility for an officer endorsement, subject to evaluation by the Coast Guard to determine that it is a fair and reasonable equivalent to service acquired on merchant vessels of the United States, with respect to grade, tonnage, horsepower, waters, and operating conditions. An applicant who has obtained qualifying experience on foreign vessels must submit satisfactory documentary evidence of such service (including any necessary translation into English).

No applicant for an original officer endorsement who is a naturalized citizen and who has obtained experience on foreign vessels will be given an original officer endorsement in a grade higher than that upon which he or she has actually served while acting under the authority of a foreign credential.

Citizenship.

No officer endorsement may be issued to any person who is not a citizen of the United States with the exception of operators of uninspected passenger vessels that are not documented under the laws of the United States.

Physical examination.

Persons serving or intending to serve in the merchant marine service are encouraged to take the earliest opportunity to ascertain, through examination, whether their visual acuity, color vision, hearing, and general physical condition, are such as to qualify them for service in that profession. Any physical impairment or medical condition that would render an applicant incompetent to perform the ordinary duties required of an officer is cause for denial of an officer endorsement.

Applications for an original officer endorsement, raises of grade, and extensions of route, must be current and up to date with respect to service and the physical examination, as appropriate. Physical examinations and applications are valid for 12 months from the date the application is approved.

Character check.

An individual may apply for an original officer endorsement, or officer or STCW endorsement of a different type, while on probation as a result of administrative action. The offense for which the applicant was placed on probation will be considered in determining his or her fitness to hold the endorsement applied for. An officer or STCW endorsement issued to an applicant on probation will be subject to the same probationary conditions as were imposed against the applicant's other credential. An applicant may not take an examination for an officer or STCW endorsement during any period of time when a suspension without probation or a revocation is effective against the applicant's currently held license, merchant mariner document (MMD), or MMC, or while an appeal from these actions is pending.

If information about the applicant's habits of life and character is brought to the attention of the Coast Guard after an original license, certificate of registry, or officer endorsement has been issued, and if such information reasonably supports the conclusion that the applicant cannot be entrusted with the duties and responsibilities of the license, certificate of registry, or officer endorsement issued, or indicates that the application for the license, certificate of registry, or officer endorsement was false or incomplete, the Coast Guard may notify the holder in writing that the license, certificate of registry, or officer endorsement is considered null and void, direct the holder to return the credential to the Coast Guard, and advise the holder that, upon return of the credential, the appeal procedures.

Firefighting certificate.

Applicants for an original officer endorsement must present a certificate of completion from a firefighting course of instruction that has been approved by the Coast Guard. The firefighting course must have been completed within the past 5 years, or if it was completed more than 5 years before the date of application, the applicant must provide evidence of maintaining the standard of competence in accordance with the firefighting requirements for the credential sought.

The following categories must meet the requirements for Basic and Advanced firefighting in Regulations VI/1 and VI/3 of the STCW Convention and Tables A-VI/1-2 and A-VI/3 of the STCW Code.

  • All National officer endorsements for Engineers.
  • All National officer endorsements for OSVs
  • All STCW officer endorsements, except GMDSS radio operator.

Applicants for a raise of grade of an officer endorsement must have.

First-aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) course certificates.

Evidence of continued competency in STCW basic training or a certificate indicating completion not more than 1 year from the date of application from.

  • The American National Red Cross Standard First Aid course, or
  • American National Red Cross Community First Aid & Safety course; or
  • A Coast Guard-approved first-aid course; and

A currently valid certificate of completion of a CPR course from either—

  • The American National Red Cross;
  • The American Heart Association; or
  • A Coast Guard-approved CPR course.

Addtional Info,

Engineer credentials issued in the grades of designated duty engineer (DDE) allow the holder to serve on vessels of less than 500 GRT as listed below: within propulsion power endorsed

  • DDE 1,000 HP or 4,000 HP may serve only on near-coastal or inland waters.
  • DDE Unlimited may serve on any waters.

For all original and raise of grade of engineer endorsements, at least one-third of the minimum service requirements must have been obtained on the particular mode of propulsion for which the applicant seeks endorsement, (steam, motor, or gas turbine).

To add a propulsion power to a current MMC, mariner must complete one of the following:

  • 120 Days of service as an observer on vessels of the new propulsion mode. OR
  • 120 Days of service as an engineer officer at the operational level on vessels of the new propulsion mode OR
  • 180 Days of service as oiler, fireman/watertender, or junior engineer on vessels of the new propulsion mode OR
  • Completion of a Coast Guard-approved training course for this endorsement.

Service gained in the deck department on vessels of appropriate tonnage may substitute for up to 25 percent or 6 months, whichever is less, of the service requirement for an endorsement as chief engineer (limited), assistant engineer (limited), or DDE.

 

A designated duty engineer license or endorsement authorizes service as chief or assistant engineer on vessels of less than 500 GRT in the following manners:

  • A designated duty engineer limited to vessels of less than 1,000 horsepower or less than 4,000 horsepower may serve only on near-coastal, Great Lakes, or inland waters.
  • A designated duty engineer with no horsepower limitations may serve on any waters.
  • When serving on a vessel to which STCW applies, the appropriate STCW endorsement must also be held.
Sea Service Requirements

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Recency – 90 days in the past 3 years on vessels (deck service may apply)

Service gained in the deck department 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).

DDE – AHP (may also qualify for (A/E Limited))

1080 days of service in the engine room, with

1. 540 days as a QMED or equivalent position.

DDE – 4000 HP /3000 kW

720 days of service in the engine room, with

1. 360 days as a QMED or equivalent position.

DDE – 1000 HP / 750 kW

360 days of service in the engine room, with

1. 180 days as a QMED or equivalent position.

At least 1/3 of the minimum service requirements must have been on the particular mode of propulsion (steam, motor and/or gas turbine) for which applied.

Note: All applicants who began service before March 24, 2014 may qualify for an endorsement valid for gas turbine propulsion based on the previous method of service or training until March 24, 2019. See Policy Letter 02-01

Engineer credentials issued in the grades of designated duty engineer (DDE) allow the holder to serve on vessels of less than 500 GRT as listed below: within propulsion power endorsed

  • DDE 1,000 HP or 4,000 HP may serve only on near-coastal or inland waters.
  • DDE Unlimited may serve on any waters.

 

For all original and raise of grade of engineer endorsements, at least one-third of the minimum service requirements must have been obtained on the particular mode of propulsion for which the applicant seeks endorsement, (steam, motor, or gas turbine).

 

To add a propulsion power to a current MMC, mariner must complete one of the following:

  • 120 Days of service as an observer on vessels of the new propulsion mode. OR
  • 120 Days of service as an engineer officer at the operational level on vessels of the new propulsion mode OR
  • 180 Days of service as oiler, fireman/watertender, or junior engineer on vessels of the new propulsion mode OR
  • Completion of a Coast Guard-approved training course for this endorsement.

 

Service gained in the deck department on vessels of appropriate tonnage may substitute for up to 25 percent or 6 months, whichever is less, of the service requirement for an endorsement as chief engineer (limited), assistant engineer (limited), or DDE.

 

A designated duty engineer license or endorsement authorizes service as chief or assistant engineer on vessels of less than 200 GRT (500 GT) in the following manners:

  • A designated duty engineer limited to vessels of less than 1,000 horsepower or less than 4,000 horsepower may serve only on near-coastal, Great Lakes, or inland waters.
  • A designated duty engineer with no horsepower limitations may serve on any waters.
  • When serving on a vessel to which STCW applies, the appropriate STCW endorsement must also be held.
Training Requirements

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Course #143 - First Aid/ CPR (completed within 1 year)

Course #145 - Advanced Fire Fighting (within 5 years of application date)