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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.

Crews can now refuse to work on ships transiting Strait of Hormuz

Effective from 2 August, the Warlike Operations Area Committee (WOAC) has agreed to temporarily designate the Strait of Hormuz as a High-Risk Area, as part of an increased danger associated with the latest developments in the region. The agreement gives seafarers the right to refuse to work onboard vessels transiting the Strait of Hormuz. 

Seafarers on cruise ships and ferries the most unhappy

Seafarers working onboard cruise ships and ferries are the unhappiest in the shipping industry, the latest Seafarers Happiness Index report reveals for the second quarter of 2019. Overall, seafarer happiness has slipped this quarter, down to 6.27/10 from 6.31. 

US imposes security guards for crewmembers without visas

Britannia P&I Club informed that it has recently been advised that some operators have been charged USD3,600 for security guards in respect of crew members not holding current US visas, even though they were not disembarking. In order to avoid such charges, all crew should have valid visas before arriving at US ports.

Unions support Australian wharfies

Maritime and transport unions from numerous countries have supported Australian wharfies in fighting job losses, outsourcing, automation and threats to conditions at container terminals in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Fremantle, the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) stated.

Norwegian seafarers on Norwegian vessels increase

In 2018, Statistics Norway launched a report concerning the number of Norwegian seafarers, as asked from the Norwegian Ministry. The statistics revealed that more than 20,000 Norwegian seafarers work on Norwegian vessels, marking an increase of about 400 seafarers in comparison to 2017.


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