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IMPORTANT INFORMATION

STCW only applies to Mariners employed on vessels greater than 200 Gross Register Tons (Domestic Tonnage), or 500 Gross Tons (ITC Tonnage), operating seaward of the boundary lines specified in Title 46 CFR Part 7.

 

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Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping (STCW)

All mariners serving on U.S. vessels subject to STCW must comply with the requirements set forth in the STCW.  These requirements are clarified in U.S. Regulation and Policy. 
All mariners serving in positions requiring STCW endorsements must be fully compliant on 1 January 2017.


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The tabs below outline existing guidance for STCW endorsements.

  • I-General
  • II-Deck
  • III-Engine
  • IV-Radio
  • V-Tanker Cargo
  • VI-Emergency/Sec/Med

Chapter I: Standards Regarding General Provisions

  • Regulation I/1 – Definitions and Clarifications
  • Regulation I/2 – Certificates and Endorsements
  • Regulation I/3 – Principles Governing Near-Coastal Voyages
  • Regulation I/4 – Control Procedures
  • Regulation I/5 – National Provisions
  • Regulation I/6 – Training and Assessment
  • Regulation I/7 – Communication of Information
  • Regulation I/8 – Quality Standards
  • Regulation I/9 – Medical Standards
  • Regulation I/10 – Recognition of Certificates
  • Regulation I/11 – Revalidation of Certificates
  • Regulation I/12 – Use of Simulators
  • Regulation I/13 - Conduct of Trials
  • Regulation I/14 - Responsibilities of Companies
  • Regulation I/15 – Transitional Provisions

Chapter II - Master and Deck Department

All STCW Deck endorsements require an underlying domestic endorsement.  Your STCW endorsement may include a limitation based on the domestic endorsement you are issued.  Review the checklist for the domestic endorsement you hold or are applying for to see the STCW requirements.

STCW Deck Endorsements currently being issued:

  • Regulation II/1 - Officer in Charge of a Navigational Watch (OICNW)
  • Regulation II/2 - Master, Chief Mate 3000GT or More
  • Regulation II/2 - Master, Chief Mate Between 500GT and 3,000GT
  • Regulation II/3 - Master and OICNW < 500GT
  • Regulation II/4 - Rating Forming Part of a Navigational Watch (RFPNW)
  • Regulation II/5 - Able Seafarer-Deck

Chapter III - Engine Department

All STCW Engine endorsements require an underlying domestic endorsement.  Your STCW endorsement may include a limitation based on the domestic endorsement you are issued.  Review the checklist for the domestic endorsement you hold or are applying for to see the STCW requirements.  

STCW Engine Endorsements currently being issued:

  • Regulation III/1 - Officer in Charge of an Engineering Watch (OICEW) of 750 kW (1,000 HP) or More
  • Regulation III/2 - Chief Engineer/Second Engineer Officer of 3,000 kW (4,000 HP) or More
  • Regulation III/3 - Chief Engineer/Second Engineer Officer Between 750kW (1,000HP) and 3,000kW (4,000 HP)
  • Regulation III/4 - Rating Forming Part of an Engineering Watch (RFPEW)
  • Regulation III/5 - Able Seafarer Engine

Chapter IV - Radio Operators

STCW Radio communication Endorsements are currently being issued:

  • Regulation IV/2 - GMDSS Operator
  • Regulation IV/2 - GMDSS at-Sea Maintainer

 

 

 

 





Chapter V - Special Training Requirements for Personnel on Certain Types of Ships

STCW Special training:

  • Regulation V/1-1 - Basic Oil and Chemical Tanker Cargo Operation
  • Regulation V/1-1 - Advanced Oil Tanker Cargo Operation
  • Regulation V/1-1 - Advanced Chemical Tanker Cargo Operation
  • Regulation V/1-2 - Basic Liquefied Gas Tanker Cargo Operation
  • Regulation V/1-2 - Advanced Liquefied Gas Tanker Cargo Operation

 

 

Chapter IV - Emergency, Occupational Safety, Security, Medical Care and Survival Functions

STCW Special training:

  • Regulation VI/1 - Basic Safety Training and Familiarization
  • Regulation VI/2 - Proficient in the Use of Survival Craft, Rescue Boats and Fast Rescue Boats
  • Regulation VI/3 - Advanced Fire Fighting
  • Regulation VI/4 - Proficient in Providing Medical First Aid
  • Regulation VI/4 - Proficient in Taking Charge of Medical Care
  • Regulation VI/5 - Vessel Security Officer
  • Regulation VI/6 - Vessel Personnel Designated with Security Duties / Security Awareness
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