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In June a diplomatic conference in Manila adopted a set of far-reaching and comprehensive amendments to the International Convention on Training. THE MANILA CONFERENCE, of the annex to the STCW Convention, as amended, and part B – Recommended guidance. Recommended guidance regarding provisions of the STCW Convention and its annex Merchant Shipping (STCW Convention ) Regulations.
Visit our Website at www. A 5-year transition period is nearly over, which means Canada, as a party to the Convention, must fully comply with its requirements by January 1st, Major changes include: Proof of Competency. A testimonial of participation in emergency drills onboard an STCW vessel will no longer be proof someone has the required level of competency. Seafarers must now complete an approved refresher training course at a Recognized Institution ashore every 5 years.
Sevda Kaloyanova. Utkarsh Mane. Prince Mathew. Chander Mehta. James Robbins. Zahed Ul Karim.
JJohn GGnanavelu. Paul Bd. Bhakti Gupte. This section consists of four parts. Part 1 tells you about STCW certificates, certification paths and general requirements for officers and ratings.
Part 2 lists the certificates and general requirements demanded according to rank. Part 3 tells you what certificates you need, depending on your function on board and the type of vessel you are working on. Section 3 deals with the requirements you need to meet once you are on board. This includes what documentation you must have with you at all times, ship-specific familiarisation training, training records and sea-going service.
It also covers the regulations on alcohol and drug consumption, control procedures and penalties.
There is also a section applying to watch-keeping personnel only, officers and ratings, on rest hour regulations and watch-keeping guidelines. This section includes tables that summarise by rank the additional competencies you need to demonstrate to upgrade your certificate. Finally, Section 5 lists other sources of information you can consult should you want to know more about the amended STCW. You can also download a free version from our website at www. The International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers , as amended in and again in , sets those standards, governs the award of certificates and controls watchkeeping arrangements.
Its provisions not only apply to seafarers, but also to ship-owners, training establishments and national maritime administrations. During the late s, it was clear that STCW was not achieving its aim of raising professional standards worldwide, and so IMO members decided to amend it. This was done in the early s, and the amended convention was then called STCW The Manila amendments was intended to include all agreed changes since , address new technology, inconsistencies, interpretations and outdated provisions.
There was particular emphasis on improving control and communication provisions of certification in Chapter 1 and addressing the specific requirements of offshore and short sea shipping. The amendments continued to emphasise competence rather than sea service or period of training. The standard set by the convention applies to seafarers of all ranks serving on sea-going merchant ships registered under the flag of a country party to the convention.
The term seagoing ships includes all commercial vessels engaged on domestic or international voyages. The STCW Convention does not apply to seafarers serving on warships, naval auxiliaries or any other government owned or operated ship engaged in non-commercial service; fishing vessels there is a separate convention covering personnel on fishing vessels ; pleasure yachts not engaged in trade and wooden ships of primitive build. The STCW 95 Convention has already been accepted by all major labour suppliers and shipping registries.
This is more than 98 per cent of the worlds merchant fleet. At the end of this guide you will find a list of all countries that are parties to the current convention and the dates of acceptance but does not indicate those who are implementing fully the amendments.
Governments must submit reports on their compliance to the IMO by 1 January The articles: outline the legal responsibilities a party has to meet. The annex: gives technical details on how the legal responsibilities referred to in the articles should be met. It contains part A and part B. Part A: Mandatory standards of training, certification and watch-keeping. Part B: Recommended guidelines not mandatory on training, certification and watch-keeping.
It is a good idea to familiarise yourself with the convention.
After all, the standards of competence that you are expected to meet are specified there. However, there is a five year transitional period, until 1 January , to allow for a phased in implementation of the provisions. The three important dates to remember are: 1 January The STCW Convention comes into force for all countries party to the convention.
From 1 January onwards, requirements for the new minimum rest hours and a record of hours of work must be complied with. For a period of five years, until 1 February , on a national basis the different revised regulations contained in the amended convention will be phased in.
During this five year transitional period, a party may continue to issue certificates of competency in accordance with its previous practices, however from 1 July new seafarers-training and competence should comply with the amended STCW Convention. From February onwards all seafarers on active service must comply with all the amended STCW requirements and be in possession of a valid STCW certificate covering the functions performed on-board.
Administrations will also issue and recognise and endorse certificates in accordance with the STCW provisions prior to for those commencing training prior to 1 July An administration deals, among other things, with regulating the training, education and certification of seafarers in accordance with the requirements of the convention.
Approved: This means that a national maritime administration has approved a training programme or seagoing service because it meets the requirements of the amended STCW Convention.
Function: This is a way of classifying shipboard tasks by functions and levels of responsibility. There are seven functional areas, at three different levels of responsibility. The levels of responsibility are: management level applies to senior officers ; operational level applies to junior officers ; and support level applies to ratings forming part of a navigational or engine watch.
The following table lists the different functions and levels of responsibility at which the functions can be carried out. A party is under the obligation to implement the standards contained in the convention.
Seagoing service: Service on board a ship relevant to the issue of a certificate or other qualification. For example, one of the requirements to qualify as a rating forming part of a navigational watch is to have approved seagoing service, including not less than six months training and experience. Standard of competence: This term refers to the minimum knowledge, understanding and proficiency that seafarers must demonstrate to gain certification.
The amendments only refer to the following certifications: Certificate of competence: A certificate issued and endorsed by the administration, for masters, officer and GMDSS radio operators in accordance with the provisions of chapters II, III, IV or VII and entitles the lawful holder thereof to serve in the capacity and perform the functions involved at the level of responsibility specified.
Certificate of proficiency: A certificate, other than a certificate of competency issued to a seafarer, stating that the relevant requirements of training, competencies or seagoing service in the convention have been met.
Documentary evidence: Documentation, other than a certification of competency or certificate of proficiency used to establish that the relevant requirements of the convention have been met. National administrations should make provision for the acceptance and endorsement of current holders of an AB certificate.
These positions are not mandatory under the safe manning requirements unless required by the administration.
It includes certificates of competence, endorsements, certificates of proficiency, and any documentary evidence showing that a requirement of the convention has been met. Certificates are important as they are the main paper evidence you have on hand to prove that your level of maritime education and training, your length of service at sea, your professional competence, medical fitness and age all comply with STCW standards.
Every party to the convention has to ensure that certificates are only issued to those seafarers who meet STCW standards. Certificate of competence: This document is issued to masters, officers, radio operators and ratings forming part of a watch who meet the standards of competence relevant to their particular functions and level of responsibility on-board.
The table below indicates the title of the certificates under STCW and the various limitations and tonnage thresholds that apply. This attests endorses that the national certificate has been issued in accordance with all STCW requirements. It is now required that all endorsements are only issued by the administration after fully verifying the authenticity of any certificates and documentary evidence, and the candidate has fulfilled all requirements and has the standard of competence for the capacity identified in the endorsement.
There is also a requirement to ensure there is proper approval of the equivalent seagoing service and training and also to maintain a database of certification registration with a controlled electronic access.
Endorsement of recognition: This endorsement certificate is issued by an administration as an official recognition of the validity of a certificate issued by another administration. This procedure is necessary as many merchant fleets are manned by seafarers certificated by other administrations. In other words, if you hold a certificate from country x , but you are serving on a ship registered in country y , then you need to apply to the maritime administration of country y for a certificate authorising you to serve on ships registered under its flag.
To obtain an endorsement of recognition, you will need to submit the original of your national certificate of competence to the representative of the issuing administration. You cannot apply for an endorsement on the basis of another endorsement. In most cases you will have to pay a processing fee that will vary depending on the type of certificate being endorsed and the charges set by different administrations.
If you are employed, the employer shipowner or manning agent will normally take care of all the necessary paperwork and fees.
Even though it is not a requirement of the convention, there are a number of administrations that are now requiring a letter of employment as part of the documentation necessary to process an application for an endorsement of recognition.
The way to submit your documentation varies from administration to administration particularly under the revised requirements, and while some may still accept a postal application and copies of the documents, it is more likely they will insist that the seafarer appears in person with all the original documentation. These face-to-face applications are processed before a representative of the administration at a designated office if overseas, this is normally held at the consulate of the countrys administration.
Certain topics will require refresher training every 5 years. Annex B details required training or refresher training starting January 1, Recognized institutions giving the Passenger Safety Management or the Specialized Passenger Safety Management Ro-Ro Vessels training remain approved to issue training certificates indicated in Annex B, as long as they comply with approval conditions.
Availability of refresher training courses Recognized Institutions and TCMSS are working on establishing and approving refresher training courses. In fact, many are already available. Seafarers who must take refresher training should contact a Recognized Institution to register. We strongly encourage seafarers to apply now, to avoid a last minute rush that may occur at the end of If you want to renew a tanker endorsement for a full 5 year period, you must comply with the renewal requirements of MPR sections , or to as applicable and pay the renewal fee, to receive an STCW Manila CoP valid for 5 years.