Transport Canada has issued a new Ship Safety Bulletin, that contains the updated process and application forms for the issuance of a Canadian endorsement to a foreign issued certificate in accordance with a reciprocal arrangement.
he new Ship Safety Bulletin contains updated guidance regarding endorsement of a seafarer. Authorized representatives of Canadian registered vessels who are sponsoring a seafarer to obtain a Canadian endorsement should be aware that the instructions related to the candidate’s knowledge of Canada maritime laws and evidence of language proficiency have been updated.
As Standard Club explains, a completed application must now contain within its submission to Transport Canada a copy or the recording of the assessments that were used to complete the criteria checklist for the seafarer seeking endorsement.
Once this is completed, Transport Canada will conduct a verification of the assessments on the candidate’s knowledge of Canadian Maritime Law and knowledge of English or French submitted by the authorized representative. If any inadequacy is found in the assessments, corrective action may be required before the endorsement is issued.
The updated application process only applies to new applications submitted following the publication of the Bulletin.