STCW Updates - What You Need To Know

Wednesday, September 7, 2016
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Looking to Keep Your Superyacht Job? New Licensing Requirements for Yacht Crew Members

STCW Updates, and new licensing requirements.

The Manila Amendments to the STCW Convention have brought about a number of changes that will also affect members of yacht crews and should be kept in mind when you are looking for superyacht jobs.

If you are new to the field, you should be aware that the absolute basic minimum requirements for hire on a yacht crew is to be STCW ’95 Certified. You should become certified before you register with a superyacht agency for placement in any crew jobs.

New Regulations and Amendments

Seafarers are required, every five years, to provide evidence of having maintained the required standards of competence to undertake the tasks, duties and responsibilities working on board a ship. The provisions will be implemented gradually until 1 January 2017, when all the amendments are to be in place. One of the most significant amendments is the requirement for all seafarers to update some elements of the mandatory STCW safety training.

If you are serving on board a ship (including a superyacht) and are qualified in any of the following you must, as of January 2017, have documentary evidence of either completing the training course or updating (refresher) your STCW Qualifications.

The STCW courses that are required to be updated are:

  • Personal Survival Techniques - half day
  • Fire Prevention & Fire Fighting - 1 day
  • Advanced Fire Fighting - 1 day
  • Proficiency in Survival Craft & Rescue Boats - 1 day
  • Fast Rescue Boats - 1 day

In order to be applicable for refresher training, seafarers must provide their previous STCW certifications.

Please note that all prerequisites for STCW training still exist, therefore in order to undertake Advanced Fire Fighting a seafarer must first have a valid STCW Fire Prevention & Fire Fighting certificate. Furthermore, to undertake Proficiency in Survival Craft & Rescue Boat training a seafarer must first have a valid STCW Personal Survival Techniques and finally a seafarer must have a valid STCW Proficiency in Survival Craft & Rescue Boat certificate to undertake Proficiency in Fast Rescue Boat training.

The following STCW courses that do not currently require updating are:

  • Elementary First Aid
  • Security Awareness
  • Designated Security Duties
  • Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities

Course

Changes since STCW ‘78 as amended 1995

Refresher course required under STCW

Personal Survival Techniques

No

Yes

Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting

No

Yes

Advanced Fire Fighting

No

Yes

Proficiency in Survival Craft & Rescue Boats

No

Yes

Fast Rescue Boats

Yes

Yes

Elementary First Aid

No

No

Security Awareness

New 2010

No

Designated Security Duties

New 2010

No

Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities

Yes

No

 

Updating of the Proficiency in Medical Care is not currently required under the STCW Code however on EU Member State flagged vessels, the captain and any person delegated to use the medical type A supplies must receive special training updated at least every five years.

Although it is not mandatory updating before 1 January 2017, it is important that individuals schedule their training well in advance before places become limited as deadline approaches. This applies to those holding all yacht jobs. It is essential because if a ship’s crew cannot prove evidence of having met the updating requirements from the STCW Manila Amendments, the vessel may fail port state inspection.

Some schools which hold these courses are:

Warsash Maritime Academy, UK

http://www.warsashacademy.co.uk/courses/stcw-safety-and-security/stcw-updating-training.aspx

Sea Safety Training Group, SA

http://www.sstg.co.za/maritime-courses/

Maritime Professional Training, Fort Lauderdale, USA

http://www.mptusa.com/our-courses.cfm

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