Implementing STCW 2010 Training Standards

International shipping is a global industry and for over 30 years has had a global system in place for ensuring that all the world’s internationally trading seafarers (of which there are currently over 1.6 million) have competences and qualifications that comply with a global standard, regardless of the nation responsible for training and issuing the certificate.

In January 2017, the five year transitionalperiod for implementing the 2010 amendments to the IMO Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW 2010) finally came to end. To prevent last minute certification log jams and potential difficulties during Port State Control inspections, ICS has encouraged maritime employers to liaise closely with IMO Member States, checking to ensure that those maritime administrations responsible for issuing their seafarers’ STCW certification are fully prepared, and that arrangements have been made to ensure that any necessary updating training has been undertaken by the seafarers which they employ.

The 2010 ‘Manila Amendments’ to STCW entered into force in 2012, with different requirements being phased-in at various dates before 1 January 2017. These provisions include new and updated seafarer competences, as well as changes to some seafarer grades and certification requirements. Most maritime administrations determined that seafarers holding national certificates of competence needed to have completed mandatory updating courses in order to be certified beyond the start of 2017.


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