017/17/Gen.Inf. Liberia advises on amendments to the STCW Convention

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The Republic of Liberia has issued Marine Operations Note in order to provide additional information and guidance to Shipowners, Operators and Masters concerning a revision to the Administration’s Minimum Safe Manning Document (MSMD) to accommodate the entry into force amendments to the STCW Convention.

The “Manila Amendments” were adopted at a Diplomatic Conference in Manila, Philippines, on 25 June 2010, and entered into force on 1 January 2012. The amendments include updated standards of competence, particularly in light of emerging technology, and introduce new training certification requirements for seafarers as of 1 January 2017.

These Amendments provide several new STCW certifications: Able Seafarer Deck, Able Seafarer Engine, Electro Technical Officer and Electro Technical Rating to be issued in accordance with the Manila amendments to the STCW Convention and Codes. By 1 January 2017, all seafarers are required to meet the new training requirements and to have the new certificates.

The Liberian Administration is reissuing its Minimum Safe Manning Document (MSMD) to include Able Seafarer Deck STCW II/5 and Able Seafarer Engine STCW III/5 to be aligned with the STCW amendments on 1 January 2017.

Shipowners/Operators who requested a replacement MSMD to meet the new requirements within the last six months, and were provided with a Liberian MSMD allowing either the Able Seafarer Deck or Able Seaman, and Able Seafarer Engine or Oiler, will receive a new MSMC free of charge. Vessel operators who have not received a new revised MSMD will be charged a reduced fee of US$150.00 for the new document.

Liberian Administrations endorsements, since the endorsements are issued based on the certificates issued by the seafarer’s national Administration. If the vessel operator or the seafarer provides documentation from the seafarer’s national Administration that it is not able to issue the appropriate certificate before 1 January 2017, this Administration may authorize continued service of the Able Seaman STCW II/4 and Oiler STCW II/4 on specific vessels, until these seafarers receive their Able Seafarer Deck STCW II/5 or Able Seafarer Engine STCW III/5 certificates, or are replaced by seafarers with these certificates. The authorization will be contingent upon the seafarer having served in a relevant capacity in the deck or engineering department respectively for a period of not less than 12 months within the last 60 months prior to 1 January 2017.

Further details may be found by reading the Marine Operations Note below

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Thank you & Best Regards,

Eng. Dimitrios Nikolaos Spanos
Lead Maritime Auditor / Principal Surveyor
Member of IRCA, IIMS, ELINT, HELMEPA & Nautical Institute

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