Master Limited Practical

Master Limited Practical

This is the culminating exam for the Master limited license. It can only be conducted once all the other requirements for the license have been met. You’ll need to have had your sea time checked, completed all the required courses and passed the examinations set out by your Transport Canada inspector

This exam is usually conducted on board the vessel the certificate will apply to. The scope of the exam is up to the examiner but you may find the Syllabus (page 169-179, section 12.11) to be a good guide.

It is important to have a good grasp of the following aboard your vessel:

  • Safety procedures
  • Emergency procedures (fire, flooding, M.O.B, abandonment, collision, grounding)
  • Knowledge of your ship’s systems (electrical, plumbing, propulsion)
  • Ship handling
  • Communications (on board, ship to ship, distress)
  • Pollution prevention
  • Passenger safety
  • Cargo safety


This is a practical examination, therefore you may be required to take the vessel out for a spin and demonstrate your ability to maneuver the vessel and conduct emergency drills.


Recommended Reading

In Command, by Capt. Michael Lloyd

This book will help you understand the problems ship masters face and ways to avoid or remedy them. It covers a wide range of issues from personnel to heavy weather to stowaways.

Practical Ship Handling, by Malcolm C. Armstrong

This is a guide to help you hone your ship handling. While written with large cargo ships in mind, the underlying principles and techniques are universal. With colour photographs and diagrams, this is a good introduction to the art of ship handling.

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