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STCW 2010
Posted: Tuesday, October 26, 2010 4:28 PM
Joined: 07/10/2010
Posts: 15

There is very little information that I have found about the Manila conference and the adoption of the STCW2010 regulations. It seems that the focus is on security, refreshers, fraudulent coc's and perhaps scrapping of celestial nav. Anybody have any more concrete info or links to such?

Posted: Tuesday, October 26, 2010 5:16 PM
Joined: 01/06/2008
Posts: 1061

Nope, I've been trying to find out but it doesn't look like anything solid has come out yet, at least not that I can find from here.

Posted: Tuesday, October 26, 2010 5:32 PM
Joined: 02/06/2008
Posts: 342

Try this: temid=27

The PDF on the top of the list is the IMO document.


Posted: Tuesday, October 26, 2010 7:33 PM
Joined: 02/05/2008
Posts: 392

Check out the In the Face of Cutbacks... article by Bransom Bean in the Undercurrents section of the November 2010 issue of Dockwalk.

Also, Amy from MPT has touched on this is several of her past Ask Amy columns in the past few months. You may want to have a read through those.

Posted: Tuesday, October 26, 2010 7:37 PM
Joined: 07/10/2010
Posts: 15

Sheesh, this actually works! apart from all the egoflaming in the forums..
I went to a number of these links and followed more, it seems that Amy B from MPT has a nice summary here, although 'mercanised for USCG reasons, its applicable to MCA stuff too...
Thanks to responders.

Posted: Thursday, October 28, 2010 8:32 AM
Joined: 30/03/2010
Posts: 11

We have a copy of the report from the MCA conference with Roger Towner (Registrar General of Shipping & Seamen) that was held in Antibes in September... If anyone would like a copy of this please email :D
Kate Lardy
Posted: Thursday, October 28, 2010 10:08 PM
Joined: 24/07/2008
Posts: 22

On page 56, there's a synopsis of all the changes that may affect yacht crew.

Posted: Monday, November 8, 2010 1:43 PM
Joined: 07/10/2010
Posts: 15

Hi, thanks for the last reply, I tried the link supplied and got stuck in a loop. What issue magazine were you referring to?

Kate Lardy
Posted: Monday, November 8, 2010 2:26 PM
Joined: 24/07/2008
Posts: 22

It's on page 54 of the June 2010 issue. But to make it easier, here's the article copied and pasted below:

Refresher Training: Key Element of STCW 2010


Changes coming in STCW 2010 were discussed at the recent Merchant Personnel Advisory Committee (MERPAC) meeting in March, which I attended. Here’s a synopsis of some of the amendments that may relate to yacht crew; implementation of STCW 2010 will begin in January 2012. 


Chapter VI: Security training amendments will include three levels of security training, which ranges from security awareness training for all crew to SSO training. Anti-piracy training will be added to each level.

The Personal Safety & Social Responsibilities (PSSR) course will include marine environmental awareness issues as well as an operational level of marine environmental concerns at the A-II/1 and A-III/1 certification levels. Communications, Control of Fatigue and Teamwork will see enhanced coverage. These additions will make the PSSR module slightly longer, but it should remain less than a day.

Refresher training has been a key element of the 2010 amendments. They will see the removal of any refresher training “loopholes” from the ’95 code, which was vague in this area. Many countries opted to interpret the “within five years” requirement loosely, but it was decided that certain courses affecting the safety and survival of crew and passengers in an emergency warrant periodical refresher training. A review will determine which components can be done by e-learning or shipboard drills and which will require shore-based or practical training. Safety courses will require a refresher every five years and may be abbreviated slightly. Courses requiring refreshers include Proficiency in Survival Craft & Rescue Boats, Advanced Firefighting, Basic Safety Training, Fast Rescue Boat and Medical Training.


Chapter V:

There will be a new section with guidance for special licensing or training requirements for Offshore Support Vessels, Dynamic Positioning vessels and vessels operating in ice-covered waters.


Chapter III: The main change in this section is the addition of an Able Seafarer – Engine Rating, which is separate from the Rating Forming Part of an Engineering Watch (RFPEW). The U.S. system called this a Qualified Member of the Engineering Department (QMED). Many countries have only had the RFPEW level and this new AB Engine will require the RFPEW to be STCW compliant, which will require training and testing. This will be a new section called A-III/5.

Section A-III/1 will be reformatted and reorganized. Engineers no longer will need to have 30 months of approved training in the engine room. The wording will be more in sync with the deck department and will read, “Three years of sea service with one year of combined workshop skills and six months of engine room watchstanding.”

STCW 2010 will add a new Electro Technical Officer (ETO) and an Electro Technical Rating (ETR). The U.S. will not be making this a priority. Engine Room Resource Management, teamwork and leadership training will be mandatory at both operational and management levels.


Chapter II, Support Level: The changes here are the addition of an Able Seafarer – Deck Rating, which is separate from the Rating Forming Part of a Navigation Watch (RFPNW). The U.S. system has always had an Able Seaman Endorsement for domestic certification; now it will be the upgrade from the RFPNW level, which will be the required prerequisite to an STCW-compliant rating. It will be critical to get the RFPNW as early as possible as it’s based on sea time requirements; the sea time clock for AB will not start until you have RFPNW and the clock towards subsequent licenses will require AB. This will require training and testing. This will be a new section called A-II/5.


Chapter II, Operational and Management Level: ECDIS will be required training for all deck officers on vessels equipped with ECDIS. Like ARPA or GMDSS, it’s a restriction if you don’t have it. Remember – as of 2012, nearly all vessels over 200 tons will be required under separate law to have ECDIS equipment; by default, any deck officer over 200 tons will need this. There will be two levels of ECDIS, operational and management.

Celestial Navigation requirements will be reduced. Flashing Light is still required, but the requirement is reduced to single letters and SOS only. Bridge Resource Management, teamwork and leadership training will be mandatory at both operational and management levels, which the U.S. has required since 2002.


Chapter VIII

This section will be harmonized with MLC, 2006.



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