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General Requirements, STCW Certificates & Training Required for Masters, Officers, Ratings and Other Personnel Serving in Ships Using Gas or Other Low-Flashpoint Fuels

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The International Code of Safety for Ships using gas or other low-flashpoint fuels (IGF Code) was developed to provide an international standard for ships, using low flash-point fuels other than those ships covered by the IGC Code. Much of the information in this code is similar to information found in the code developed for ships carrying low flash-point cargo.

IGF Code provides for the arrangement, installation, control and monitoring of machinery, equipment and systems using low-flashpoint fuels to minimize risk to the ship, its crew and the environment. This Code addresses specific areas that need special consideration for the use of the low-flashpoint fuel.

The IMO Maritime Safety Committee adopted related amendments to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW), and STCW Code, to include new mandatory minimum requirements for the training and qualifications of masters, officers, ratings and other personnel on ships subject to the IGF Code. The STCW amendments also had an entry into force date of 1 January 2017, in line with the SOLAS amendments related to the IGF Code.

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STCW IGF Code Requirements


Basic Training for Personnel Sailing on Ships Subject to the IGF Code



  • Seafarers responsible for designated safety duties associated with the care, use or emergency response to the fuel onboard ships subject to the IGF Code shall hold a certificate in basic training for service on ships subject to the IGF Code.
  • Have successfully completed the approved basic training required by Regulation V/3, paragraph 5, in accordance with their capacity, duties and responsibilities as set out in STCW Code Table A-V/3-1; and
  • Be required to provide evidence that the required standard of competence has been achieved in accordance with the methods and the criteria for evaluating competence tabulated in columns 3 and 4 of STCW Code Table A-V/3-1.

Advanced Training For Personnel Sailing on Ships Subject to the IGF Code

  • Masters, engineering officers and all personnel with immediate responsibility for the care and use of fuels and fuel systems on ships subject to the IGF Code shall hold a certificate in advanced training for service on ships subject to the IGF Code.
  • Every candidate for certification in advanced training for service on ships subject to the IGF Code shall have successfully completed the approved advanced training required by Regulation V/3, paragraph 7 in accordance with their capacity, duties and responsibilities as set out in STCW Code table A-V/3-2; and provide evidence that the required standard of competence has been achieved in accordance with the methods and the criteria for evaluating competence tabulated in columns 3 and 4 of STCW Code Table A-V/3-2; or have received appropriate training and certification according to the requirements for service on liquefied gas tankers as set out in STCW Code Regulation V/3, paragraph 8.
  • Service Requirements: Completion of at least 1 month of approved seagoing service on board a ship subject to the IGF Code plus
  • Experience Requirements: Completion of a minimum of 3 bunkering operations on board a ship subject to the IGF Code (Two of the bunkering operations may be replaced by approved simulator training on bunkering operations)

Training Requirement Exemptions

  • If an administration considers a ship’s size (typically less than 500 gross tonnage, except for passenger ships) and the length or character of its voyage are such to render the application of the full training requirements unreasonable or impracticable, it may exempt the seafarers on such a ship or class of ships from some of the requirements, bearing in mind the safety of people on board, the ship and property along with the protection of the marine environment.

Recognition of the Personnel in Accordance with the Regulation V/1-2  for IGF Code


Basic Training for Cargo Operations  on Liquefied Gas Tankers CoP Holders

  • Masters, Officers and ratings qualified with Basic Training Certificate of Proficiency (CoP) for service on board liquefied gas tankers in accordance with the Regulation V/1-2 are considered as having met the requirements for Basic Training for service on ships subject to the IGF Code.

Advanced Training for Cargo Operations  on Liquefied Gas Tankers CoP Holders

  • Seafarers holding the Certificate of Proficiency (CoP) in Advanced Training for cargo operations  on liquefied gas tankers are considered as having met the requirements for Advanced Training for service on ships subject to the IGF Code, provided specific seagoing service and experience requirements are met.
  • Service: Completion of seagoing service of 3 months in the previous 5 years on board - ships subject to the IGF Code; takers carrying as cargo, fuels covered by the IGF Code; or ships using gases or low-flashpoint fuel as fuel.
  • Plus participated in conducting 3 cargo operations on board a liquefied gas tanker; or completion of a minimum of 3 bunkering operations on a ship subject to the IGF Code (Two of the bunkering operations may be replaced by approved simulator training on bunkering operations).

Important Notes

  • Ships Subject to the IGF Code: New ships subject to IGF Code are ships using low-flashpoint fuels for which the building contract is placed.
  • Existing Ships: Ships using traditional marine fuels prior to January 1, 2017 & ships using gases or other low-flashpoint fuels as fuel prior to January 1, 2017 - there is no international requirement for personnel on board these ships to be qualified with certification in accordance with Regulation V/3.