Covid-19: Guidance on extending STCW Certificates

West of England Club has issued a guidance on the maintenance of the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for seafarers (STCW Convention) 1978, as amended, and the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Fishing Vessel Personnel (STCW-F), 1995

West of England noted that the IMO recently issued Circular Letter No.4204 in which it petitioned all issuing Administrations to “take a pragmatic and practical approach with regard to the extension of certificates and endorsements, as strictly necessary, and to notify ships, seafarers and relevant Administrations accordingly”.

The Cub said that it was encouraging to see that many Administrations had responded to the IMO’s appeal and were issuing circulars that provided advice on certification extension.

West of England said that it was important to note that extension periods differed from Administration to Administration. Where it was necessary for the Member to obtain an extension, to keep their seafarers’ certification and endorsements valid, the Member must contact the issuing Administration directly.