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The International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) for Seafarers was adopted in 1978 by conference at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in London, and entered into force in 1984. It was amended in 1995 and again in 2010. Read more..
Under the STCW Convention, all seafarers need to meet minimum standards of competence, age, medical fitness, and approved sea-going service. These standards are set by each national administration, but as a minimum, they should reflect STCW standards.. Read more...
If you are a Merchant Ship Officer, you must meet minimum requirements in respect of standards of competence, seagoing service time, medical fitness and age. You should be in possession of a valid certificate of competence according to your rank and functions on-board. This certificate should be endorsed.. Read more..
Ratings fall under three general categories - those forming part of a watch (deck or engine), those who are not assigned watch-keeping duties, and those undergoing training. As a rating you are required to meet minimum standards of medical fitness, minimum age, competence.. Read more..
IMO STCW Training and Education Programs for Seafarers in Accordance with the STCW Convention - STCW Training Courses are the result of 1978 convention by the International Maritime organization (IMO) - a UN body - calling on all seafaring nations to plan and devise a set of conventions for the safety, security, and various other aspects.. Read more..