STCW-F II/6 Minimum Requirements for Certification of Personnel in Charge of, or Performing Radiocommunication Duties on Fishing Vessels
A Radio Operator is a person holding an appropriate certificate issued or recognized by an Administration under the provisions of the Radio Regulations. The GMDSS Operator performs the function of operating the GMDSS system, transmitting information across two levels, determining and locating vessel's position and providing safety and security assistance to on-board vessels.
The basic concept of the GMDSS is that search and rescue authorities ashore, as well as shipping in the immediate vicinity of the ship in distress, will be rapidly alerted to a distress incident so that they can assist in a coordinated Search and Rescue (SAR) operation with the minimum delay.
STCW-F Chapter II Regulation 6 defines mandatory minimum requirements for certification of personnel in charge of or performing radiocommunication duties on board fishing vessels.
STCW-F Chapter II Regulation 6 - Personnel in Charge of Radiocommunication (Fishing)
STCW-F II/6 Mandatory minimum requirements for certification of personnel in charge of or performing radiocommunication duties on board fishing vessels
Note: Mandatory provisions relating to radio watchkeeping are set forth in the Radio Regulations and the 1993 Torremolinos Protocol. Provisions for radio maintenance are set forth in the 1993 Torremolinos Protocol and the guidelines adopted by the Organization. *
* Reference is made to the Recommendation on radio maintenance guidelines for the global maritime distress and safety system related to sea areas A3 and A4 adopted by the Organization by resolution A.702(17).
- Except as provided in paragraph 2, the provisions of this regulation shall apply to personnel in charge of, or performing, radiocommunication duties on a vessel required by international agreement or national law to carry radio equipment using the frequencies and techniques of the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS).
- Personnel on vessels for which carriage of radio equipment is not compulsory under international agreements or national law are not required to meet the provisions of this regulation, but are nevertheless required to comply with the Radio Regulations. The Administration shall ensure that the appropriate certificates meeting the requirements of the Radio Regulations are issued or recognised in respect of such personnel.
Minimum requirements for certification of GMDSS radio personnel
- Every person in charge of, or performing, radiocommunication duties on a vessel shall hold an appropriate certificate or certificates issued or recognised by the Administration under the provisions of the Radio Regulations.
- The minimum knowledge, understanding and proficiency required for certification under this regulation shall be sufficient for radio personnel to carry out their radio duties safely and efficiently.
- Every candidate for certification shall:
- be not less than 18 years of age;
- satisfy the Party as to medical fitness, particularly regarding eyesight and hearing; and
- meet the requirements of the appendix to this regulation.
- Every candidate for certification shall be required to pass an examination or examinations to the satisfaction of the Party.
- For endorsement of all types of certificates issued under the provisions of the Radio Regulations as meeting the requirements of the Convention, the required knowledge, understanding and proficiency is given in the appendix to this regulation. In determining the appropriate level of knowledge and training the Party shall also take into account the relevant recommendations of the Organization.*
* Reference is made to the Recommendations on training for radio personnel (GMDSS) adopted by the Organization by resolution A.703(17).
STCW-F Chapter II Regulation 6 Appendix
Appendix to regulation 6. Minimum additional knowledge and training requirements for GMDSS radio personnel
- In addition to satisfying the requirements for the issue of a certificate in compliance with the Radio Regulations, every candidate for certification shall have knowledge of:
- provision of radio services in emergencies;
- search and rescue radiocommunications, including procedures in the Merchant Ship Search and Rescue Manual (MERSAR);
- The means to prevent the transmission of false distress alerts and the procedures to mitigate the effects of false distress alerts;
- ship reporting systems;
- radio medical services;
- use of the International Code of Signals and the Standard Marine Communication Phrases; and
- preventive measures for the safety of the vessel and personnel in connection with hazards related to radio equipment, including electrical and non-ionizing radiation hazards.
LAST UPDATED ON Aug 12, 2021