Polar Code amendments to STCW mean July 2018 start

Standard Club has noted that, further to its previous web alert in December 2016, members were advised that there has been a reported change in respect of the effective date for the mandatory training requirements under the International convention on Standards of Training and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW). These requirements for the training and qualifications of masters and deck officers on ships operating in Polar Waters were adopted by IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee in November 2016.

The new STCW amendments will take effect on July 1st 2018, rather than the previously announced January 1st 2018. The amendments include transitional provisions which will allow seafarers who began their approved seagoing service in Polar Waters before July 1st 2018 to meet the alternative basic training or advanced requirements by July 1st 2020.