STCW – Regulatory changes to seafarers’ certification

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The Club would like to draw to our Members’ attention the impending 2010 Manila amendments to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978 (STCW). This change affects all vessels required to comply with the STCW convention.

As per Regulation I/15 of Resolution 1 – The Manila Amendments to STCW 1978, these changes, which come into force on 1 January 2017, will render many seafarer qualifications invalid. This includes those that do not state an expiry date (perpetual certificates).

Seafarer’s wishing to ensure continued validity of their certificates after 31 December 2016 are required to submit, to the issuing authority, additional evidence to demonstrate they have undergone appropriate training and/or refresher courses as required.

Rule 33 of the Club’s Rules, titled ‘Classification and Statutory Certification’, requires Members to comply with all statutory and Classification requirements. This includes ensuring that crew certification remains valid at all times.

In view of this amendment, we recommend that our Members put sufficient mechanisms in place to take these changes into account and therefore enable the certification of their crew to remain valid throughout their service period on board.

For further information please see the IMO briefing STCW Manila seafarer training amendments and corresponding State Regulations relevant to these amendments.