DO YOUR NOTES FROM THE STCW WEBINAR LOOK MORE LIKE THIS…
NOT TO WORRY, WE’VE GOT YOU COVERED. HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THIS MORNING’S MEETING:
1. The purpose of the changes was to reorganize, clarify and update endorsements and requirements. The rulings will become effective on January 24th (medical policy) and March 24th, 2014 (everything else) for those obtaining or updating credentials. Full STCW compliance must be met by 2017. National compliance, for those who do not enter international waters, must be met by 2019. Certain provisions will be grandfathered in the meantime.
2. The USCG is first implementing a separation of U.S. National endorsements from the STCW endorsement, then transitioning to STCW endorsements.
3. STCW-certified mariners will now be required to hold valid Medical Certificates. Those with current STCWs should automatically receive a certificate no later than March 31, 2014. No action is required unless your contact information is out of date or you do not receive one. They are connected to your completed USCG medical exam and there is no additional cost. Contact STCWAsk@USCG.mil with questions. If you do not receive a certificate, call 888-I-ASK-NMC (1-888-427-5662) or email IAskNMC@uscg.mil. Those applying for or updating credentials will most likely fall under the new provisions.
4. It appears that Great Lakes and Inland sea service time will now count towards an oceans endorsement.
5. There are new guidelines for the approval of training certificates and programs to ensure that they maintain a Quality Standard System. All programs must be approved by December 31, 2016. Unapproved programs must be modified by that date if they wish to continue. Requirements for STCW training have also been updated.
6. STCW Officer endorsements have been significantly altered. Among the changes are the lowering of tonnage for Ocean/Near-coastal endorsements to 100 GRT, the consolidation of C/E Oceans and C/E Near-coastal into C/E limited, and the addition of new Security endorsements.
7. Ratings Endorsements have been altered. Among the changes are the consolidation of engineering certifications and updates to the ratings of Able Seafarer-Deck, Able Seafarer-Engine, and various others.
8. There are now updates to STCW regulations for work and rest periods.
9. Basic Safety Training needs to remain up-to-date for credentialed mariners. You can qualify to fulfill most of the requirements while performing daily duties on the job if you have 360 days of sea time in five years. Some requirements, however, will still require a refresher course.
10. Questions specific to the final rule can be submitted to STCWASK@uscg.mil. Feedback on the NVICs below can be submitted to MMCPolicy@uscg.mil.
For more information, go to…
Letter to Mariners (12.24.13) - STCW_publication_final_rule_24Dec13
Slideshow Presentation from the Webinar - STCWFinalRulePRESENTATION-Final
The NMC Site for Links To 26 New NVICs - www.uscg.mil/nmc/regulations
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