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How do I get a STCW 95 certificate - STCW stands for ‘Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping’. On 7th July 1995 the STCW code was updated, these were mainly administrative changes to bring the convention up to date. It is still called STCW course after Manila Amendments of 2010. The course is valid for 5 years. The IMO have announced that the new edition of “STCW including 2010 Manila Amendments, 2017 Edition” will be released in early December. This new edition will render obsolete the previous 2011 edition. We expect the Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish versions to be available next year. The International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and.

ECONFERENCE OF PARTIES TO THE INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION ON STANDARDS OF TRAINING, CERTIFICATION AND WATCHKEEPING FOR SEAFARERS, 1978 Agenda item 10 STCW/CONF.2/34 3 August 2010 Original: ENGLISH

ADOPTION OF THE FINAL ACT AND ANY INSTRUMENTS, RESOLUTIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS RESULTING FROM THE WORK OF THE CONFERENCE Attachment 2 to the Final Act of the Conference Resolution 2 The Manila Amendments to the Seafarers Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) Code Text adopted by the Conference THE 2010 MANILA CONFERENCE, HAVING ADOPTED resolution 1 on Adoption of the Manila amendments to the annex to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW), 1978, RECOGNIZING the importance of establishing detailed mandatory standards of competence and other mandatory provisions necessary to ensure that all seafarers shall be properly educated and trained, adequately experienced, skilled and competent to perform their duties in a manner which provides for the safety of life, property and security at sea and the protection of the marine environment, ALSO RECOGNIZING the need to allow for the timely amendment of such mandatory standards and provisions in order to effectively respond to changes in technology, operations, practices and procedures used on board ships, RECALLING that a large percentage of maritime casualties and pollution incidents are caused by human error, APPRECIATING that one effective means of reducing the risks associated with human error in the operation of seagoing ships is to ensure that the highest practicable standards of training, certification and competence are maintained in respect of the seafarers who are or will be employed on such ships, DESIRING to achieve and maintain the highest practicable standards for the safety of life, property and security at sea and in port and for the protection of the environment, HAVING CONSIDERED amendments to the Seafarers Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) Code, comprised in part A Mandatory standards regarding provisionsI:CONFSTCW234.doc

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of the annex to the 1978 STCW Convention, as amended, and part B Recommended guidance regarding provisions of the 1978 STCW Convention, as amended, proposed and circulated to all Members of the Organization and all Parties to the Convention, NOTING that regulation I/1, paragraph 2, of the annex to the 1978 STCW Convention provides that amendments to part A of the STCW Code shall be adopted, brought into force and take effect in accordance with the provisions of article XII of the Convention concerning the amendment procedure applicable to the annex, HAVING CONSIDERED amendments to the STCW Code proposed and circulated to the Members of the Organization and to all Parties to the Convention, 1. ADOPTS amendments to the Seafarers Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) Code, set out in annex to the present resolution; 2. DETERMINES, in accordance with article XII(1)(a)(vii) of the Convention, that the amendments to part A of the STCW Code shall be deemed to have been accepted on 1 July 2011, unless, prior to that date, more than one third of Parties or Parties the combined merchant fleets of which constitute not less than 50% of the gross tonnage of the worlds merchant shipping of ships of 100 gross register tons or more have notified the Secretary-General that they object to the amendments; 3. INVITES Parties to note that, in accordance with article XII(1)(a)(ix) of the Convention, the amendments to part A of the STCW Code annexed hereto shall enter into force on 1 January 2012 upon being deemed to have been accepted in accordance with paragraph 2 above; 4. RECOMMENDS that the guidance contained in part B of the STCW Code, as amended, should be taken into account by all Parties to the 1978 STCW Convention as from the date of entry into force of the amendments to part A of the STCW Code; 5. REQUESTS the Maritime Safety Committee to keep the STCW Code under review and amend it, as appropriate; 6. ALSO REQUESTS the Secretary-General of the Organization to transmit certified copies of the present resolution and the text of amendments to the STCW Code contained in the annex to all Parties to the Convention; 7. FURTHER REQUESTS the Secretary-General to transmit copies of this resolution and its annex to all Members of the Organization which are not Parties to the Convention.

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ANNEX THE MANILA AMENDMENTS TO THE SEAFARERS TRAINING, CERTIFICATION AND WATCHKEEPING (STCW) CODE 1 The part A of the Seafarers Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) Code is replaced by the following: PART A Mandatory standards regarding provisions of the annex to the STCW Convention Introduction 1 This part of the STCW Code contains mandatory provisions to which specific reference is made in the annex to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978, as amended, hereinafter referred to as the STCW Convention. These provisions give in detail the minimum standards required to be maintained by Parties in order to give full and complete effect to the Convention. 2 Also contained in this part are standards of competence required to be demonstrated by candidates for the issue and revalidation of certificates of competency under the provisions of the STCW Convention. To clarify the linkage between the alternative certification provisions of chapter VII and the certification provisions of chapters II, III and IV, the abilities specified in the standards of competence are grouped, as appropriate, under the following seven functions: .1 .2 .3 .4 .5 .6 .7 Navigation Cargo handling and stowage Controlling the operation of the ship and care for persons on board Marine engineering Electrical, electronic and control engineering Maintenance and repair Radiocommunications

at the following levels of responsibility: .1 .2 .3 Management level Operational level Support level

Functions and levels of responsibility are identified by subtitle in the tables of standards of competence given in chapters II, III and IV of this part. The scope of the function at the level of responsibility stated in a subtitle is defined by the abilities listed under it in column 1 of the table. The meaning of function and level of responsibility is defined in general terms in section A-I/1 below. 3 The numbering of the sections of this part corresponds with the numbering of the regulations contained in the annex to the STCW Convention. The text of the sections may be divided into numbered parts and paragraphs, but such numbering is unique to that text alone.

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Section A-I/1 Definitions and clarifications 1 The definitions and clarifications contained in article II and regulation I/1 apply equally to the terms used in parts A and B of this Code. In addition, the following supplementary definitions apply only to this Code: .1 Standard of competence means the level of proficiency to be achieved for the proper performance of functions on board ship in accordance with the internationally agreed criteria as set forth herein and incorporating prescribed standards or levels of knowledge, understanding and demonstrated skill; Management level means the level of responsibility associated with: .2.1 serving as master, chief mate, chief engineer officer or second engineer officer on board a seagoing ship, and ensuring that all functions within the designated area of responsibility are properly performed;

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Operational level means the level of responsibility associated with: .3.1 serving as officer in charge of a navigational or engineering watch or as designated duty engineer for periodically unmanned machinery spaces or as radio operator on board a seagoing ship, and maintaining direct control over the performance of all functions within the designated area of responsibility in accordance with proper procedures and under the direction of an individual serving in the management level for that area of responsibility;

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Support level means the level of responsibility associated with performing assigned tasks, duties or responsibilities on board a seagoing ship under the direction of an individual serving in the operational or management level; Evaluation criteria are the entries appearing in column 4 of the Specification of Minimum Standard of Competence tables in part A and provide the means for an assessor to judge whether or not a candidate can perform the related tasks, duties and responsibilities; and Independent evaluation means an evaluation by suitably qualified persons, independent of, or external to, the unit or activity being evaluated, to verify that the administrative and operational procedures at all levels are managed, organized, undertaken and monitored internally in order to ensure their fitness for purpose and achievement of stated objectives.

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1 Where, as provided in regulation I/2, paragraph 6, the endorsement required by article VI of the Convention is incorporated in the wording of the certificate itself, the certificate shall be issued in the format shown hereunder, provided that the words or until the date of expiry of any extension of the validity of this certificate as may be shown overleaf appearing on the front of the form and the provisions for recording extension of the validity appearing on the back of the form shall be omitted where the certificate is required to be replaced upon its expiry. Guidance on completion of the form is contained in section B-I/2 of this

In June 2010 significant changes to the STCW (Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for seafarers) Convention and Code were agreed at an IMO Diplomatic Conference in Manila in order to bring the Convention and Code up to date with new developments. These changes, known as “The Manila amendments to the STCW Convention and Code” are due to enter into force on 1 January 2012 and are the first major revisions since the Convention and Code were updated in 1995.
The IMO has advised that amongst the amendments adopted, the important changes include:
- Improved measures to prevent fraudulent practices associated with certificates of competency and strengthen the evaluation process (monitoring of Parties’ compliance with the Convention);
- Revised requirements on hours of work and rest and new requirements for the prevention of drug and alcohol abuse, as well as updated standards relation to medical fitness standards for seafarers;
- New certification requirements for able seafarers;
- New requirements relating to training in modern technology such as electronic charts and information systems (ECDIS);
- New requirements for marine environment awareness training and training in leadership and teamwork;
- New training and certification requirements for electro-technical officers;
- Updating of competence requirements for personnel serving on board all types of tankers, including new requirements for personnel serving on liquefied gas tankers;
- New requirements for security training, as well as provisions to ensure that seafarers are properly trained to cope if their ship comes under attack by pirates;
- Introduction of modern training methodology including distance learning and web-based learning;
- New training guidance for personnel serving on board ships operating in polar waters; and
- New training guidance for personnel operating Dynamic Positioning Systems.
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The full text of the revised Convention and Code can be found on the IMO website.
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Transitional Provisions
Although the new regulations come into effect on 1 January 2012, there are two transitional arrangements concerning certification issued under previous Convention requirements:
“Until 1 January 2017, a Party may continue to issue, recognize and endorse certificates in accordance with the provisions of the Convention which applied immediately prior to 1 January 2012 in respect of those seafarers who commenced approved seagoing service, an approved education and training programme or an approved training course before 1 July 2013.
Until 1 January 2017, a Party may continue to renew and revalidate certificates and endorsements in accordance with the provisions of the Convention which applied immediately prior to 1 January 2012.”
Fitness for Duty Regulations
One of the main changes to the Code directly affecting shipboard operations concerns the requirements for fitness for duty and hours of rest as contained in Chapter VIII – Standards regarding watchkeeping. These have been harmonised with the requirements of the International Labour Organisation Maritime Labour Convention, which is expected to enter into force during the first half of 2013.
At present the fitness for duty requirements contained within the STCW Code 1995 require that:
1. All persons who are assigned duty as officer in charge of a watch or as a rating forming part of a watch shall be provided with a minimum of 10 hours of rest in any 24 hour period.
2. The hours of rest may be divided into no more than two periods, one of which shall be at least 6 hours in length.
3. The requirements for rest periods laid down in paragraphs 1 and 2 need not be maintained in the case of an emergency drill or in other overriding operational conditions.
4. Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraphs 1 and 2, the minimum period of ten hours may be reduced to not less than 6 consecutive hours provided that any such reduction shall not extend beyond two days and not less than 70 hours of rest are provided each seven day period.”
A number of changes have been made and additional requirements have been added to the revised fitness for duty regulations in the STCW Code 2010. From 1 January 2012 seafarers will have to comply with the following regulatory requirements:
1. Administrations shall take account of the danger posed by fatigue of seafarers, especially those whose duties involve the safe and secure operation of a ship.
2. All persons who are assigned duty as officer in charge of a watch or as a rating forming part of a watch and those whose duties involve designated safety, prevention of pollution and security duties shall be provided with a rest period of not less than:
- A minimum of 10 hours rest in any 24 hour period;
- 77 hours rest in any 7 day period.
3. The hours of rest may be divided into no more than two periods, one of which shall be at least 6 hours in length, and the intervals between consecutive periods of rest shall not exceed 14 hours.
4. The requirements for rest periods laid down in paragraphs 2 and 3 need not be maintained in the case of an emergency,or in other overriding operational conditions. Musters, fire-fighting and lifeboat drills, and drills prescribed by national laws and regulations and by international instruments, shall be conducted in a manner that minimizes the disturbance of rest periods and does not induce fatigue.
5. Administrations shall require that watch schedules be posted where they are easily accessible. The schedules shall be established in a standardized format in the working language or languages of the ship and in English.
6. When a seafarer is on call, such as when a machinery space is unattended, the seafarer shall have an adequate compensatory rest period if the normal period of rest is disturbed by call-outs to work.
7. Administrations shall require that records of daily hours of rest of seafarers be maintained in a standardized format, in the working language or languages of the ship and in English, to allow monitoring and verification of compliance with the provisions of this section. The seafarers shall receive a copy of the records pertaining to them, which shall be endorsed by the master or by a person authorized by the master and by the seafarers.
8. Nothing in this section shall be deemed to impair the right of the master of a ship to require a seafarer to perform any hours of work necessary for the immediate safety of the ship, persons on board or cargo, or for the purpose of giving assistance to other ships or persons in distress at sea. Accordingly, the master may suspend the schedule of hours of rest and require a seafarer to perform any hours of work necessary until the normal situation has been restored. As soon as practicable after the normal situation has been restored, the master shall ensure that any seafarers who have performed work in a scheduled rest period are provided with an adequate period of rest.
9. Parties may allow exceptions from the required hours of rest in paragraphs 2.2 and 3 above provided that the rest period is not less than 70 hours in any 7 day period.
Exceptions from the weekly rest period provided for in paragraph 2.2 shall not be allowed for more than two consecutive weeks. The interval between two periods of exception on board shall not be less than twice the duration of the exception. The hours of rest provided for in paragraph 2.1 may be divided into no more than three periods (during exceptions), one of which shall be at least 6 hours in length and neither of the other two periods hall be less than one hour in length. The intervals between consecutive periods of rest shall not exceed 14 hours. Exceptions shall not extend beyond two 24 hour periods in any 7 day period.
Exceptions shall, as far as possible, take into account the guidance regarding prevention of fatigue in section B-VIII/1” It must be noted that several administrations do not consider “overriding operational conditions” to include routine activities associated with the normal operation of the vessel, such as arriving and departing port, and cargo operations.
Breaches of the STCW Code fitness for duty provisions may lead to deficiencies being raised against a vessel by a Port.
State Control Officer, and depending on the severity of the offence, may lead to the detention of a vessel. Significant violations of the fitness for duty regulations may result in prosecution in some states.
Refresher Training for Statutory Short Courses
Another significant development in the revised Convention and Code concerns the requirement to undergo refresher training in a number of key areas.
Previously the STCW requirements in respect of refresher training for a number of statutory short courses were interpreted in a number of ways by various Administrations. Any loopholes in the regulations have now been removed and courses concerning the safety and survival of crew and passengers will require refresher training every five years.
The following statutory courses will, under the new STCW Convention and Code require refresher training at least every five years:
- Basic Safety Training;
- Crisis Management and Human Behaviour;
- Crowd Management;
- Passenger Safety, Cargo Safety and Hull Integrity;
- Proficiency in Fast Rescue Boats;
- Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats, other than Fast Rescue Boats;
- Training in Advanced Fire Fighting.
It is a possibility that such refresher training may be in an abbreviated form of the training scope covered by the initial course; this may be met by web based learning, shipboard training or drills, or the more traditional shore based training. The exact requirements will be determined by individual Administrations. If Members require any further guidance they should contact the Loss Prevention department.