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STCW: How to obtain a certificate of competency as Navigational Watch

The STCW Convention provides details on the general requirements and certificates by rank. With respect to officers in charge of a navigational watch, the Convention clarifies which requirements concerning age, seagoing service, bridge watch-keeping & radio duties and education & training should be met for those officers serving on ships of 500 gross tonnage or more, or less than 500 gross tonnage.

STCW: How to obtain a certificate of competency as Chief Mate

The STCW Convention provides details on the general requirements and certificates by rank. With respect to Chief Mates, the Convention clarifies which requirements concerning previous certificate & seagoing service, education & training should be met for Chief Mates serving on ships of 3,000 gross tonnage or 500 — 3,000 gross tonnage and the table in the end summarizes all mentioned requirements.

Who is who at an oil spill: Roles and responsibilities

An oil spill is the potential adverse effect of most maritime incidents. Oil spills can have disastrous consequences, environmentally and economically. Oil spill response at sea is most times a complex procedure, because of the remoteness of the site or the number of interested parties.

STCW: How to obtain a certificate of competency as Master

With respect to masters, the STCW Convention clarifies which requirements concerning previous certificate & seagoing service, education & training and age should be met for masters serving on ships of 3,000 gt or 500 — 3,000 gt or less than 500 gt and the table in the end summarizes all mentioned requirements.

STCW Convention: General requirements for ratings

According to STCW Convention, ratings must meet minimum standards of medical fitness, minimum age (if designated with watchkeeping duties), competence (if designated with watchkeeping duties), and seagoing service time (if designated with watch- keeping duties).

STCW Convention: General requirements for officers

According to the STCW Convention, officers must hold a valid certificate of competence to ensure they meet the minimum requirements of competence, seagoing service time, medical fitness and age. Also, ancillary certificates are required such as radar or ARPA, GMDSS, and those referring to safety duties onboard specific types of ships.

How seafarers can get their STCW certificates

In order seafarers to gain the required STCW certificates, they can choose between two different certification paths: either the traditional method or the alternative method. In both methods the standards are identical; however the difference lies in the number of functions they will be able to perform on-board; this is reflected in the certificate awarded.

Certificates needed for compliance with STCW

For STCW, official documents that prove crew members onboard have obtained the required level of maritime education and training, have professional competence for service at sea, the appropriate age and have undergone medical examinations are of outmost importance to ensure compliance with the Convention.

STCW Convention: Terms and Definitions

SAFETY4SEA provides a detailed explanation of the terms included in the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, for the better understanding of the Convention.

STCW Convention at a glance

In 1978, IMO adopted a landmark Convention for all seafarers across the world to establish high standards of competence and professionalism in their duties on-board. The International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, the STCW Convention in brief, establishes the minimum basic requirements on training, certification and watchkeeping for seafarers on an international level.

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