whales, the SVMO is permitted for a passenger vessel with propulsive power between 75 and 749 Kw, on a limited Near Coastal 2 or a sheltered waters voyage. This is specified in the table in the Marine Personnel Regulations, section 219, which can be viewed here: http://laws.justice.gc.ca/eng/SOR-2007-115
The SVMO Exam is designed so that it covers all types of small vessels, (and there are literally thousands of small vessels in Canada) including passenger vessels as noted previously, tugs up to 500 GRT and cargo vessels up to 1999 Kw under certain cicumstances spelled out in MPR sections 220 and 221. You will appreciate that the scope of the syllabus must therefore be quite wide. There is no fee charged for the Examinations, written and oral (both of which must be passed) and Exam day is every Wednesday morning.
The SVMO Study Guide is here:http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/marinesafety/tp ... u-1313.htm
and the specimen questions are here:http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/marinesafety/tp ... u-1384.htm
If you've been around small vessels for a while and know which is the pointy end, you should have a reasonable chance of passing the SVMO. The written is on General Engineering knowledge, on a general knowledge level (think "Jeopardy" and Alex Trebek) and the oral is mostly safety-orientated, although the Examiner has a wide scope from which to draw. The standard required is far below that of 4th Class and is less than that of Engine Room Rating, which is far more complicated and has a far wider scope than SVMO. ERR is not exempt SVMO, because the latter needs a written AND an Oral, the ERR needs a written OR an Oral. (MPRs need to be fine tuned)
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