NMC Updates STCW Page


August 2014


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The U.S. Coast Guard’s National Maritime Center (NMC) in early July posted numerous updates to its STCW Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) webpage.


The page includes links to 24 PDF files, most of which were updated on July 7. They are available at: www.uscg.mil/nmc/stcw/new_STCW_rule_faq.asp


The NMC home page may be accessed at www.uscg.mil/nmc/


Questions for the agency may be emailed to stcwask@uscg.mil or iasknmc@uscg.mil. The NMC is reachable by phone at 1-888-IASKNMC (1-888-427-5662).


STCW stands for International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers. The most recent changes to the convention, known as the Manila amendments, are being phased in, with a full compliance date of January 2017. (Some requirements already are in effect or take effect prior to January 2017.)


As pointed out by the Coast Guard, STCW only applies to mariners employed on vessels greater than 200 gross register tongs (domestic tonnage) or 500 gross tons “operating seaward of the boundary lines specified in Title 46 CFR Part 7.”

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