GUIDELINES ON THE UPDATING REQUIREMENTS FOR SINGAPORE CERTIFICATES, ISSUED BEFORE 1 APRIL 1998, TO MEET THE INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION ON STANDARDS OF TRAINING, CERTIFICATION AND WATCHKEEPING FOR SEAFARERS (STCW), 1978, AS AMENDED IN 1995 (STCW95)

SC No.3 of 2001

01-03-2001

Applicable to: Holders of certificate of competency or certificate of service issued by the Singapore Government before 1 April 1998.

INTRODUCTION

1.The aim of this circular is to inform holders of certificates of competency or certificates of service issued by the Singapore Government of the updating requirements to qualify for a STCW95 endorsement. These updating requirements, set out in theAppendix, embody the intent of STCW95. These requirements should be read in conjunction with the explanatory notes provided at the end of the Appendix.

2.The validity of certificates issued before 1 April 1998 would cease on 1 February 2002 or earlier. From 1 February 2002, only certificates endorsed as meeting STCW95 are valid for employment at sea.

EVIDENCE OF MEETING STCW95

Certificate of competency

3.The holder of a certificate of competency, who meets the updating requirements, will be issued with a new certificate of competency with a STCW95 endorsement for a period not exceeding five years. The endorsement will state the limitations of the certificate, which in most cases will be similar to the existing limitations.

Certificate of service

4.The holder of a certificate of service, who meets the updating requirements, will be issued with a STCW95 endorsement for the existing tonnage, power and area limitations for a period not exceeding five years. The STCW95 endorsement and the certificate of service must be kept available in its original form onboard the ship on which the holder is serving.

REMINDER

5.It will be necessary for all officers to whom the updating requirements apply to ensure that they can meet the requirements and have their certificates endorsed as meeting the STCW95 requirements by 1 February 2002 before engaging on a period of seagoing service which is likely to end after that date. In order to avoid an expected rush of application immediately prior to the 1 February 2002 deadline, affected officers are strongly advised to complete the appropriate training courses as soon as possible.

6.This circular supersedes Shipping Circular No. 7 of 1999. Any queries should be directed to1Mr. Zulfiqur Husain (Marine Engineer Officers) at Tel: (65) 375 6218.

LEE SENG KONG
DIRECTOR OF MARINE
MARITIME AND PORT AUTHORITY OF SINGAPORE

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