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USCG publishes STCW Final Rule

Implementation of the STCW 2010 Amendments The U.S. Coast Guard announced the publication of the final rule "Implementation of the Amendments to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978, and Changes to National Endorsements" in the Federal Register.This final rule will implement the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978, as amended (STCW Convention), as well as the Seafarer's Training, Certification and Watchkeeping Code (STCW Code), to address the comments received from the public in response to the supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking and to incorporate the 2010 amendments to the STCW Convention, which came into force January 1, 2012. In addition, this final rule makes other changes not required by the STCW Convention or Code, but necessary to reorganize, clarify and update these regulations.The major changes in this rule will:Clarify transitional provision for STCW endorsements and for the issuance of medical certificates.Provide additional training topics for STCW endorsements as part of approved formal training.Clarify the application of security requirements.Provide additional means for mariners holding a domestic tankerman endorsement to qualify for STCW tankerman endorsements.Remove the chief engineer (limited-near-coastal) endorsement.Exempt pilot vessels engaged in pilotage duty from STCW requirements.Amend ...

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