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Alcohol and drug consumption onboard: Taking prevention measures

Any level of alcohol consumption or illegal drugs by crew members onboard has implications for the safety of the vessel, the crew and any passengers. Even small quantities of alcohol have been shown to sufficiently impair seafarer’s fitness for duty and increase the risk of accidents.

STCW: Setting the hours of rest for watch personnel

One of the significant amendments of STCW aimed to address the problem of fatigue, which is a raising concern for the maritime industry, by establishing the minimum hours of rest for watch personnel while at the same time harmonizing them with the MLC, 2006 provisions.

STCW: Certificates and documentary evidence needed onboard

According to STCW, seafarers need to carry on board the originals of all certificates and endorsements, not photocopies of those. In particular, seafarers should keep on board their national certificate of competence and endorsement, certificates and documentary evidence covering specific safety or pollution prevention duties and service on board certain types of ship as well as endorsements of recognition.

Training issues under STCW: What you should know

In an effort to prevent any frauds concerning the STCW certificates, the amended Convention in 2010 introduced stricter requirements for the training centers issuing certificates and endorsements by putting greater responsibilities on parties as well as keeping an electronic database with controlled access.

STCW certificates according to function and type of vessel

The STCW Convention provides details on the certificates required according to function performed on board and type of vessel. The following tables outline all requirements for personnel on any type of ship designated with safety or pollution duties; in charge of survival craft or rescue boats; designated to control fire fighting; to provide medical care; securities duties and for personnel working on tankers or passenger ships.

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.

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.

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