The regulatory changes that became effective on March 24, 2014, require additional training and/or assessments for certain Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping (STCW) endorsements. These “gap-closing” requirements must be met by mariners who hold STCW endorsements issued under the previous regulatory requirements. Mariners who submit applications without evidence of meeting gap-closing may have their STCW endorsements limited to “Not valid after 31 Dec 2016”. STCW gap-closing requirements do not affect limitation or retention of national endorsements.

Read the STCW Gap-Closing Bulletin to learn more about what the gap-closing requirements are, to whom they apply, and how the NMC will process complete applications without gap-closing requirements for the STCW endorsement.