NMC Posts Updates on Gap-Closing Requirements (4/1)

 

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The U.S. Coast Guard’s National Maritime Center (NMC) on March 24 issued the following communication addressing some regulatory changes stemming from the most recent amendments to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW). This information also is available on the NMC website: www.uscg.mil/nmc

 

To go directly two the two-page PDF version on the NMC site, click HERE

 

STCW Gap-Closing Requirements

 

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.

 

The National Maritime Center (NMC) will process complete applications submitted ON or BEFORE December 31, 2016, without gap-closing requirements for the STCW endorsement in the following manner:

 

 

Transaction Type

Where MMC Expires

ON or BEFORE 31 DEC 2016

Where MMC Expires

AFTER 31 DEC 2016

 

Renewal

 

Limited to not valid after 31Dec2016

 

Limited to not valid after 31Dec2016

 

Raise of Grade Modification of limitation/scope

 

Limited to not valid after 31Dec2016

 

Those STCW endorsements not already existing on MMC will be Limited to not valid after 31Dec2016.

 

New Endorsement

 

Limited to not valid after 31Dec2016

 

Those STCW endorsements not already existing on MMC will be Limited to not valid after 31Dec2016.

 

Duplicate

 

Limited to not valid after 31Dec2016

 

STCW endorsements will be issued with no new date limitation but with new endorsement wording.

 

The NMC will process complete applications submitted AFTER December 31, 2016, without gap-closing requirements for the STCW endorsement in the following manner:

 

 

Transaction Type

Where MMC Expires

ON or BEFORE 31 DEC 2016

Where MMC Expires

AFTER 31 DEC 2016

 

Renewal

 

Endorsement will not be issued.

 

Endorsement will not be issued.

 

Raise of Grade Modification of limitation/scope

 

Endorsement will not be issued.

 

Endorsement will not be issued. Existing STCW endorsements will be retained with no new date limitation.

 

New Endorsement

 

Endorsement will not be issued.

 

Endorsement will not be issued. Existing STCW endorsements will be retained with no new date limitation.

 

Duplicate

 

Endorsements requiring gap-closing will not be issued.

 

STCW endorsements will be issued with no new date limitation but with new endorsement wording.


The STCW endorsements with gap-closing requirements are listed below.  Requirements for these endorsements are contained in 46 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 11, Subpart C.  Leadership and Teamwork Skills can be satisfied through demonstration of competence either onboard ship or in approved training.

 

Management Level (Master, Chief Mate - II/2, II/3)

•       Leadership and Managerial Skills

•       ECDIS (To be valid on vessels equipped with ECDIS)

 

Management Level (Chief Engineer, Second Engineer Officer - III/2, III/3)

•       Engine Resource Management (ERM) if not completed at the operational level

•       Leadership and Managerial Skills

•       Management of Electrical and Electronic Control Equipment

 

Operational Level (OICNW - II/1, II/3)

•       Leadership and Teamwork Skills

•       ECDIS (To be valid on vessels equipped with ECDIS)

 

Operational Level (OICEW - III/1)

•       ERM

•       Leadership and Teamwork Skills

 

Mariners who have STCW endorsements removed or date-limited because gap-closing requirements were not completed, may have those STCW endorsements restored or the date removed at any time by submitting a new application with evidence of meeting all gap-closing requirements.

 

If you have questions, please contact the NMC at 1-888-IASKNMC (427-5662) or IASKNMC@uscg.mil.

 

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