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STCW Code Section Contains Mandatory Provisions to Which Specific Reference Is Made in the Annex to the International Convention on STCW, 1978, as amended (STCW 2010).

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International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978 was adopted on 7 July 1978 and entered into force on 28 April 1984. The main purpose of the Convention is to promote safety of life and property at sea and the protection of the marine environment by establishing in common agreement international standards of training, certification and watchkeeping for seafarers. Revisions to the conventions occurred in 1984, 1995, 1997, and 2010 of which major revisions were of 1995 and 2010.

STCW 1995 Amendments (STCW95)

The IMO adopted a comprehensive revision of STCW on 7 July 1995 which also included a proposal to develop a new STCW Code, which would contain the technical details associated with provisions of the Convention. The amendments entered force on 1 February 1997.

STCW 2010 Manila Amendments (STCW 2010)

The Manila amendments to the STCW Convention and Code were adopted on 25 June 2010, marking a major revision of the STCW Convention and Code. The STCW 2010 amendments are set to enter into force on 1 January 2012 under the tacit acceptance procedure and are aimed at bringing the Convention and Code up to date with developments since they were initially adopted and to enable them to address issues that are anticipated to emerge in the foreseeable future.

Whats is the STCW Code?

The STCW Code section 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 (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. 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. 


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STCW Code Sections, Tables & Regulations

Following are the different regulations, sections and tables as prescribed in the STCW Code by International Maritime Organization (IMO).

You may also check our STCW Guide section for further clarity and understanding of the STCW Code, its requirements, and certifications.

The following chapters are adapted from the resolution 1 and resolution 2 of the STCW Convention and 2010 Manila Amendments.

Chapter 2: STCW Code for Standards Regarding the Master and Deck Department (Certification)

Chapter 3: STCW Code for Standards Regarding Engine Department (Certification)

Chapter 4: STCW Code for Standards Regarding Radio Operators (Ceritication)

Chapter 5: STCW Code for Standards Regarding Special Training Requirements for Personnel on Certain Types of Ships

  • STCW V/1-1: Masters, officers and ratings on oil and chemical tankers
  • STCW V/1-2: Masters, officers and ratings on liquefied gas tankers
  • STCW V/2: Masters, officers, ratings and other personnel on passenger ships
  • STCW V/4: Masters and deck officers on ships operating in polar waters

Chapter 6: STCW Code for Standards Regarding Emergency, Occupational Safety, Security, Medical Care and Survival Functions

  • STCW VI/1: Safety familiarization, basic training and instruction for all seafarers.
  • STCW VI/2: Issue of certificates of proficiency in survival craft, rescue boats and fast rescue boats.
  • STCW VI/3: Training in advanced fire fighting.
  • STCW VI/4: Related to medical first aid and medical care.
  • STCW VI/5: Issue of certificates of proficiency for ship security officers.
  • STCW VI/6: Security-related training and instruction for all seafarers.

STCW Code - Additional Resources under STCW Convention

  • STCW Sections B-V/a to B-V/f: Sections B-V/a, B-V/b, B-V/c, B-V/d, B-V/e, and B-V/f - additional special training requirements for personnel on certain types of ships
  • STCW I/9: Minimum in-service eyesight standards for seafarers
  • STCW Table B-I/2: List of Certificates or Documentary Evidence Required Under the STCW Convention

Disclaimer: For general information purpose only - please check with IMO STCW Convention for the latest requirements and accurate info

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