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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.

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.

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.

MAGSAYSAY: How to train the new generation of seafarers

While the voting procedure for the 2019 SAFETY4SEA Awards is open, Alexander E. Querol, President, MAGSAYSAY Learning Resources, Inc., shares his insight on what training needs should be developed to keep up with industry’s dynamic environment which is deeply characterized by a digital transformation.

Stena Bulk wants to gain access to Stena Impero

Stena Bulk and Northern Marine Management released an announcement demanding to be granted access to the vessel ‘Stena Impero’ to conduct a full assessment. However, they are still waiting for a response from Iranian authorities. They also stated that there is no current evidence the ship has breached any maritime rules or regulations, and they supported ‘the professionalism and conduct of the crew of the Stena Impero.’

Iran releases 9 crew from seized Panamanian-flagged tanker

Iran has released nine of the 12 Indian crew members on board the seized Panamanian-flagged oil tanker M/T Riah, after claims that the ship was transporting around 1 million liters of smuggled fuel. As the Indian Ministry for External Affairs spokesman Raveesh Kuma informed, the nine sailors were released and are now on their way to India soon.

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