STCW Requirements

Advanced Firefighting: There is also a new renewal requirement for Advanced Firefighting. It is similar to the BST, described below if you have one year in the last five, you can take a shorter "revalidation" course. If not, you need the complete "refresher'' course. This also applies to all renewals of STCW endorsements, and is NOT one-time only.

 

 

Basic Safety Training: There is a new renewal requirement for Basic Training (new name for BST). This takes effect on your first renewal that happens after December 31, 2016. If you have one year of sea time in the last five years, you must take a "revalidation" course that includes refresher training and assessment for those parts of BT that can't be done on ship, primarily the in-water parts of personal survival and the live-fire parts of basic firefighting.

 

This takes effect on all renewals starting on January 1, 2017. If you renew your COC before then you will NOT get any limitations, so this requirement can be delayed by renewing before December 31, 2016. You can renew at any time as it is no longer limited to no more

than one year before expiration. If you don't have the one year of service in the last five, you need to take a comprehensive "refresher'' course that is longer and more inclusive than the "revalidation" course, it covers all of BT. This will apply to all renewals; it is NOT a one-time requirement and is required every five (5) years.

 

 

Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS): There is a new, one-time requirement to have ECDIS training by January 1, 2017. If you renew before this date and don't have ECDIS, you will get a limitation "Not valid for vessels equipped wilh ECDIS after December 31, 2016." If you renew after this date and don't have ECDIS training, the imilation will be "Not valid for vessels equipped with ECDIS."

 

 

Engine Room Resource Management: This course is for all engineers; a requirement for all Chief Engineers and "Second Engineer Officers" (STCW equivalent of 1st AE) to take a course in Engine Room Resource Management by January 1, 2017. If you renew before

then your STCW endorsement will have a limitation that it is not valid after December 31, 2016. You can remove this limitation at any time by taking the course. After December 31, 2016, if you don't have this you cannot renew the endorsement. This is a one-time requirement.

 

 

Leadership & Managerial Skills: The new STCW requirement for Masters, Chief Mates, Chief Engineers, and "Second Engineer Officers" (STCW equivalent of 1st AE) to take a "Leadership and Managerial Skills" course. Personnel listed above will have to have completed this course by January 1, 2017. If one renews his or her credentials before January 1, 2017 the credential holder's STCW endorsement will have a limitation that it is not valid after December 31, 2016. The credential holder can remove this limitation at any time by taking the course. A credential holder may not renew their COC after December 31, 2016 if he or she doesn't have this training. This is a one-time requirement.

 

 

Leadership & Teamworking Skills: The new STCW requirement for Officer in Charge of a Navigation Watch (Mate, 2nd Mate, 3rd Mate) and Officer in Charge of an Engineering Watch (Asst. Engineer, 3rd AE, 2nd AE) is to receive training for Leadership & Teamworki ng Sk ills. The "management level" requirement for Leadership and Managerial Skills training discussed above will also meet the requirement for Leadership and Teamworking Skills.

 

 

Management of Electrical and Electronic Control Equipment: This course is required for Chief Engineers, and "Second Engineer Officers· (STCW equivalent of 1st AE). There is a requirement for the above mentioned personnel to take a course in "Management of Electrical and Electronic Control Equipment" by January 1, 2017. If you renew before then your STCW endorsement will have a limitation that it is not valid after December 31,2016. You can remove this limitation at any time by taking the course. After December 31, 2016, if you don't have this you cannot renew the endorsement. This is a one-time requirement.

 

 

Proficiency in Survival Craft (STCW equivalent of Lifeboatman): There is also a renewal requirement for Proficiency in Survival Craft (STCW equivalent of Lifeboatman), but it duplicates what is done in the BT renewal, so if you have the one year of sea service in the last five years and meet the Basic Training renewal requirements will also meet those for PSC. If you do not have the one year of service in the last five, you will need a complete "Proficiency in Survival Craft Refresher" course. Just meeting the BT requirements will not be sufficient.

 

 

Tankerman PIC: To renew a national or domestic Tankerman PIC endorsement there is now a sea time requirement. You will now need either the two cargo transfers AND 90 days on a tank vessel in the last five years, or you need to re-take the cargo course if you don't have the 90 days at sea. This takes effect on the first renewal of the Tankerman PIC endorsement that occurs after March 24, 2019.

 

 

All of the above only applies to STCW endorsements,

not to national or domestic licensees and rating endorsements.

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