AMENDMENTS TO STCW CONVENTION RELATING TO THE TRAINING AND CERTIFICATION OF SHIP SECURITY OFFICER (SSO)

No. 17 of 2007

24-09-2007

Applicable to: This circular is for the attention of ship owners, managers, company security officers, operators, agents, masters and crew members of Singapore-flag vessels and surveyors.
This circular informs the shipping community of the amendments to the STCW Convention regarding the training and certification of Ship Security Officer and provides guidance on how to implement them.

The Maritime Safety Committee of the International Maritime Organisation,at its 81st11session11on 18 May 2006 had approved amendments to the International Convention on Standards, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers 1978, as amended (STCW Convention) to include the training and certification of ship security officer(SSO).These amendments will enter into force on 1 January 2008.

2.From 1 January 2008, all new SSO training must comply with the revised STCW requirements and trainees who have successfully completed the training and meet requirements should be issued with STCW compliant certificates of proficiency as SSO.

3.From 1 July 2009, it is a requirement for existing SSOs ( i.e. those who have been trained before the new amendments were implemented) onboard Singapore registered ships to meet STCW requirements.This can be verified by having STCW compliant certificates of proficiency as SSO.

4.Seafarers who have attended an approved SSO training course in Singapore (conducted in compliance with IMO Model Course 3.19 and ISPS Code)and holding a SSO certificate can qualify for an STCW compliant certificate, if they can demonstrate their professional competence by the following:
(a) while holding a SSO certificate, have seagoing service for a period of at least 6 months in total during the preceding 3 years performing the duties of a SSO or other security related duties onboard a ship;or

(b) performing security functions considered to be equivalent to the seagoing service required in paragraph (a) (for example, as a company security officer or his assistant); or

(c) passing an assessment conducted by an approved training institute; or

(d) successfully completing an approved training.

A seafarer who has been found competent under any one of the above sub-paragraphs (a) to (d) would be issued with a certificate of proficiency as a SSO by the approved training institute.The list of approved institutes conducting SSO training and certification will be posted in MPA's website.
5.MPA will recognise STCW compliant SSO certificates issued by foreign maritime administrations or training institutions which are approved by foreign maritime administrations,from countries whose certificates are recognized by the Authority.A list of countries whose certificates are recognized by MPA is given in the Annex to the Shipping Circular MC-13 of 2001.

6.Shipowners/ Ship managers are requested to bring this circular to the attention of their company security officers, masters, officers and crew.They are also advised to ensure that SSOs of Singapore ships hold STCW compliant SSO certificates by 1 July 2009.

7.This circular replaces the requirement of training of SSO given in shipping circular No. 10 of 2003.

8.Any queries relating to this circular should be directed to Capt Loo Kee Huat (Tel 63751935).

KHONG SHEN PING
DIRECTOR OF MARINE
MARITIME AND PORT AUTHORITY OF SINGAPORE

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