Fresh in from Bryant ‘s Maritime blogThe US Coast Guard proposes to amend its regulations to fully incorporate the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978, as amended (STCW Convention), as well as the Seafarer’s Training, Certification and Watchkeeping Code (STCW Code) in the requirements for the credentialing of US merchant mariners. The changes proposed incorporate lessons learned from implementation of the STCW Convention and STCW Code through the interim rule and attempt to clarify those regulations that have generated confusion in the past. Comments on the proposal should be submitted by February 16, 2010.

74 Fed. Reg. 59353 (November 17, 2009).