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STCW Convention

The STCW Convention

The International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978 (STCW Convention), as amended, is a UN convention established in 1978 by the International Maritime Organization (IMO). The STCW Convention also applies to ships from flag states that have not ratified this convention provided they call at the port of a contracting state.

The STCW Convention is intended to create internationally comparable standards for

  • training and professional development,
  • the certification of seafarers, and
  • the watchkeeping of seafarers.

Find more information from the BSH on the structure of the STCW Convention(in German only).

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Amendments and notes

In 2010, the STCW Convention was extensively revised with the 2010 Manila Amendments; they entered into force on 01.01.2012. Even after these amendments, the STCW Convention has been and will be further developed; see the following sections for more details:

1 July 2018

Advanced training and certificates of competency are introduced for service on ships operating in polar waters; see the following documents for more information:

  • Resolution MSC.416(97) Amendment to the Annex to the STCW Convention (Polar / Passenger Ships)
  • Resolution MSC.417(97) Amendments to the STCW Code Part A (Polar / Passenger Ships)
  • STCW.6/Circ.12 Amendments to the STCW Code Part B (Polar Ships)

For the service on passenger ships, the revised regulation V/2 of the Annex to the STCW Convention, specified in the target group and supplemented by the "passenger ship emergency familiarization", enters into force; see the following documents for more information:

  • BSH information on the revised and supplemented Regulation V/2 of the STCW Convention (Passenger Ships) (in German only)
  • Resolution MSC.416(97) Amendment to the Annex to the STCW Convention (Polar / Passenger Ships)
  • Resolution MSC.417(97) Amendments to the STCW Code Part A (Polar / Passenger Ships)

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2017

Regarding the training to become a Dynamic Positioning (DP) Operator,

Training has been introduced for service on ships subject to the IGF Code; see the following documents for more information:

  • BSH information on amendments for service on ships subject to the IGF Code(in German only)
  • Resolution MSC.396(95) Amendment to the Annex to the STCW Convention (ships subject to the IGF Code)
  • Resolution MSC.397(95) Amendments to the STCW Code Part A (ships subject to the IGF Code)
  • STCW.6/Circ.11 Amendments to the STCW Code Part B (ships subject to the IGF Code)

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2016

A regulation on verification of compliance with and implementation of the STCW Convention has been added to the Annex of the STCW Convention; see the following documents for more information:

  • Resolution MSC.373(93) Amendment to the Annex to the STCW Convention (Regulation I/16)
  • Resolution MSC.374(93) Amendments to the STCW Code Part A (A-I/16)

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2012

The 2010 Manila Amendments to the STCW Convention have entered into force under international law; see the following documents for more information:

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