2/17/2017: NVIC 03-17 Guidelines on qualification for Nat’l & STCW endorsements for service as master and chief mate on OSVs

This Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) provides guidance on qualification for and renewal of national and STCW endorsements for service as master and chief mate on offshore supply vessels (OSVs). The Coast Guard will use this NVIC and 46 […]


2/17/2017: NVIC 02-17 Guidelines on qualification for Nat’l & STCW engineering officer endorsements for service as chief engineer on OSVs

This Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) provides guidance on qualification for and renewal of national officer and STCW endorsements as chief engineer that are limited to service on offshore supply vessels (OSVs). The Coast Guard will use this NVIC […]


2/17/2017: NVIC 01-17 Guidelines on qualification for Nat’l & STCW endorsements for service as mate on OSVs

This Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) provides guidance on qualification for and renewal of national officer endorsements as mate and STCW endorsements as officer in charge of a navigational watch of vessels of 500 GT or moreĀ (OICNW) for service […]


1/5/2017: US will follow IMO recommendation for enforcement of STCW 2010 amendments (transitional provisions)

In November 2016, the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Maritime Safety Committee issued MSC circular (MSC.1/Circ.1560), which outlined the difficulties that have been encountered by Administrations and seafarers in meeting the 2010 amendments to the International Convention on Standards for Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978, as amended (STCW). Due to these difficulties, the IMO recommended that this situation be taken into account when taking action under the control procedures in Article X and Regulation I/4 of the STCW Convention. After a review of the impacts on the maritime industry, individual mariners and the related IMO guidance, the United States has chosen to follow the IMO recommendation for delayed enforcement actions resulting from the new credentialing standards.


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