USCG’s National Maritime Centre issued a bulletin with updated information on Qualified Assessor requirements, informing that the assessments of competence about STCW endorsements should be signed by a USCG approved QA.
The Bahamas Maritime Authority has recently issued guidance and instructions concerning the Bahamas policy and procedures relating to the approval and acceptance of seafarer training or instruction for seafarers employed or engaged onboard Bahamian ships.
The Bahamas Maritime Authority issued a bulletin providing all relevant parties with guidance on the medical examination and certification requirements for seafarers in accordance with the Bahamas Merchant Shipping Act, STCW as amended and ILO MLC (2006) requirements.
During the 2019 SAFETY4SEA Athens Forum, Mr. Stavros Niotis, Principal Engineer OEP, ABS, discusses the STCW requirements of seafarers’ training, noting the three training types and the importance of seafarer competency and knowledge of people onboard the sea.
USCG’s Office of Merchant Mariner Credentialing announced changes to Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circulars (NVICs) concerning qualification for certain Merchant Mariner Credential Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW), as amended endorsements.
The Seychelles Maritime and Safety Administration (SMSA) issues to Seychellois seafarers certificate of competency (CoC) as the Seychelles Maritime Academy (SMA) provides a new sector of internationally recognised certified maritime studies for the purpose.
The US Office of Merchant Mariner Credentialing has published changes to three Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circulars (NVICs) regarding qualification for certain Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) STCW endorsements. Specifically, NVICs 04-14, 08-14, and 09-14 have been revised.
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.
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.
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.
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