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STCW: Qualified Assessors Q&A

What is a Qualified Assessor (QA)? A “Qualified Assessor”, as defined in the STCW Final Rule, is “a person who is qualified to evaluate, for STCW endorsements, whether an applicant has demonstrated the level of competence in the task for which the assessment is being made.”  These QA’s must be approved by the United States [...]

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General Requirements for Officers

Officers must meet minimum requirements with regard to seagoing service, medical fitness, competence, and age.  They must have a valid certificate of competence according to rank and functions, and that certificate should be endorsed by the issuing administration.  Officers also must have any supplemental certificates that are required, like ARPA, radar, GMDSS, and certificates that [...]

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NEWS: UN Ratifies New Maritime Labor Convention

At the end of August, the United Nations announced that the new Maritime Labor Convention (MLC) officially entered into force.  The MLC calls for ensuring proper working conditions for maritime workers, while at the same time providing an equal ground for shipowners. According to UN Spokesman, Martin Nesirky, “The International Labor Organization (ILO) says that [...]

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STCW Certificates: What are they? What’s new?

The term “certificates” describes all official documents that are required under STCW, including certificates of proficiency, endorsements, certificates of competence, and all documentation verifying that a requirement of the STCW has been met.  Certificates are the primary documentary evidence you will have to prove your compliance with STCW standards – including your level of education [...]

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