STCW: The White List

What is the “White List”?

The White List distinguishes the nations that have displayed and established a plan of full compliance with the STCW-95 Convention and Code.  Developed by an unbiased group of “competent persons” at the IMO, the White List was created using criteria such as what system of licensing the administration has, training center oversight, process of certificate revalidation, flag state control, and port state control.

What if a country is not on the “White List”?

Though there is no actual “black list”, non-compliant nations are often described as being on a “black list”.  Handling a non-White-Listed nation involves both port state control and flag state control.  If a ship is flagged by a non-White List country, it can be denied entry, inspected intensely, or detained when attempting to enter a port.

If a mariner has a license (Certificate of Competency) from a non-White List nation, they will probably be denied their Certificate of Equivalency, and they will also be rejected as a valid manning solution for White List-flagged ships.  In addition, that mariner’s training and sea time might be heavily scrutinized or not accepted at all toward a CofC from a White List country.

Full Compliance

To be on the “White List” a nation must be fully compliant with the STCW-95 Convention and Code.  Full compliance involves the following:

  1. Must provide detailed information to the IMO regarding administrative measures enacted to ensure compliance, education and training courses, and certification practices.
  2. All information is reviewed by panels of “competent persons”, who are nominated by Parties to the STCW.  Those persons report their findings to the IMO Secretary General who reports to the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) on all Parties that fully comply.  The MSC produces a list of all Parties in compliance.

Current White List Countries:

  1. Albania
  2. Algeria
  3. Antigua and Barbuda
  4. Argentina
  5. Australia
  6. Azerbaijan
  7. Bahamas
  8. Bahrain
  9. Bangladesh
  10. Barbados
  11. Belgium
  12. Belize
  13. Brazil
  14. Brunei Darussalam
  15. Bulgaria
  16. Cambodia
  17. Canada
  18. Cape Verde
  19. Chile
  20. China
  21. Colombia
  22. Comoros
  23. Cook Islands
  24. Côte d’Ivoire
  25. Croatia
  26. Cuba
  27. Cyprus
  28. Czech Republic
  29. Democratic People’s
  30.  Republic of Korea
  31. Denmark
  32. Dominica
  33. Ecuador
  34. Egypt
  35. Eritrea
  36. Estonia
  37. Ethiopia
  38. Fiji
  39. Finland
  40. France
  41. Georgia
  42. Germany
  43. Ghana
  44. Greece
  45. Honduras
  46. Hungary
  47. Iceland
  48. India
  49. Indonesia
  50. Iran
  51. Ireland
  52. Italy
  53. Israel
  54. Jamaica
  55. Japan
  56. Jordan
  57. Kenya
  58. Kiribati
  59. Kuwait
  60. Latvia
  61. Lebanon
  62. Liberia
  63. Lithuania
  64. Luxembourg
  65. Libya
  66. Madagascar
  67. Malaysia
  68. Malawi
  69. Maldives
  70. Malta
  71. Marshall Islands
  72. Mauritania
  73. Mauritius
  74. Mexico
  75. Micronesia
  76. Montenegro
  77. Morocco
  78. Mozambique
  79. Myanmar
  80. Netherlands
  81. New Zealand
  82. Nigeria
  83. Norway
  84. Oman
  85. Pakistan
  86. Panama
  87. Papua New Guinea
  88. Peru
  89. Philippines
  90. Poland
  91. Portugal
  92. Qatar
  93. Republic of Korea
  94. Romania
  95. Russian Federation
  96. Saint Vincent and the
  97.  Grenadines
  98. Samoa
  99. Saudi Arabia
  100. Senegal
  101. Serbia
  102. Singapore
  103. Slovak Republic
  104. Slovenia
  105. Solomon Islands
  106. South Africa
  107. Spain
  108. Sri Lanka
  109. Sweden
  110. Switzerland
  111. Syrian Arab Republic
  112. Thailand
  113. Togo
  114. Tonga
  115. Trinidad and Tobago
  116. Tunisia
  117. Turkey
  118. Tuvalu
  119. Ukraine
  120. United Arab Emirates
  121. United Kingdom
  122. United Republic of Tanzania
  123. United States
  124. Uruguay
  125. Vanuatu
  126. Venezuela
  127. Viet Nam
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