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The STCW Final Rule is fully effective on March 24, 2014.  See the Final Rule and NVIC 02-14 for details on when you must meet the new requirements.


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STCW Rule 2014


Implementation of the Amendments to the International Convention on
Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978, (STCW),
and Changes to National Endorsements

  • The Latest
  • The Final
  • Tables
    of Changes
  • Implementation
  • Grandfathering
    and Transition

The Latest on the Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping (STCW) Rule

Please check here frequently for the latest information regarding the new STCW regulations.

Keep watching the STCW Rule FAQs for frequent updates.

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STCW Final Rule

The United States Coast Guard issued the STCW Final Rule to implement the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978, as amended (STCW Convention), as well as the Seafarers' Training, Certification and Watchkeeping Code (STCW Code), to address the comments received from the public in response to the supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (SNPRM), and to incorporate the 2010 amendments to the STCW Convention that came into force on January 1, 2012. In addition, the final rule makes other changes that are not required by the STCW Convention or Code, but are necessary to reorganize, clarify, and update these regulations.


View or download the STCW Final Rule published on December 24, 2013, at the Federal Register website, found here: STCW Final Rule

The STCW Rule revised 46 CFR Subpart B, Parts 1, 10, 11, 12, 13, and 15.  View or download the revised CFR at the Government Printing Office links provided on our Regulations page.

Tables of Changes

The following tables provide summaries of changes from the previous regulations the STCW Final Rule, and from the Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (SNPRM) Draft Regulations to the STCW Final Rule.

STCW Rule Implementation Dates

The STCW Final Rule is effective March 24, 2014 except for 46 CFR Part 10, Subpart C, which is effective January 23, 2014. 

There is grandfathering and transitional information found throughout the new Rule, including the preamble.  NVIC 02-14 also contains both general and very specific information regarding implementation dates.

Where applicants qualify to be evaluated and examined under previous regulations, NMC will evaluate and examine them using the previous regulations unless the applicant requests to be evaluated and/or examined using the new regulations.

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