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While STCW 2010 came into force on 01 Jan 2012, many seafarers are still confused as to which STCW 2010 Courses they need to do !
Lets understand STCW 2010 from a seafarers perspective. In this post, I assume that readers are related with maritime sector. Please feel free to add things which I may have missed to keep post simple.
STCW 2010 categorized seafarers with different level of responsibility
- MANAGEMENT LEVEL
SENIOR OFICERS e.g. Captain, Chief Officer, Chief Engineer & Second Engineer
- OPERATIONAL LEVEL
JUNIOR OFFICERS e.g. 2nd Officer, 3rd Officer, 3rd Engineer & 4th Engineer
- SUPPORT LEVEL
RATINGS e.g. Bosun, Pumpy, rating forming part of navigational/engine watch and trainees
- Cargo handling and stowage
- Controlling the operation of the ship and care for persons on board
- Marine engineering
- Electrical, electronic and control engineering
- Maintenance and repair
- Radio communications
STCW 2010 amendment brought new mandatory STCW courses and 5 year refresher courses. These STCW courses depends on your Maritime ranks.
Since most Maritime Academy are required to issue STCW 2010 complied certificate after July 2013, we assume that its the transition from STCW 1995 to STCW 2010 which is causing confusion.
Please note that STCW 2010 categorized your certificates and documents as
- Certificate of competency (COC)
- Certificate of Proficiency
Certificate other than COC
- Documented evidence
Sea-time letter from Company/Captain, Drill participation etc.
Certain STCW Course needs to be refreshed every 5 years now.
Management / Operational / Support level
- PST (Personal Survival Technique)
- PSCRB (Proficiency in Survival craft / Rescue boat
- AFF (Advanced Fire fighting)
- FPFF (Basic Fire Fighting) [Not required if doing Refresher AFF]
- FRB (Fast Rescue boat)
NEW MANDATORY COURSE
Operational / Support level
1. SDSD (Seafarers with designated security duties), mandatory since 01 Jan 2014
1. ECDIS (Operational & Management level - Deck)
2. Security awareness (onboard or ashore for trainees)
Most administration have published circulars detailing the transition from STCW 1995 to 2010. You can find DG Shipping (India) circular at up-gradation Deck & up-gradation Engineers. Please check your administration circular to know which STCW 2010 up-gradation Course you need to do.
As a Master COC holder, which refresher courses will i be required to do?
Myself Second engineer I currently have all required training and certificates as per STCW 95.
I sign off from my last vessel on august 2014 . After sign off. I have done MFA refresher course.
Tell me what minimum no. of training I need to do before I can join next ship. Please tell me only minimum required as I am in hurry situation for my NRI status.
If I am not wrong, I need to do security training. Kindly suggest the name of security course for me ... is it SSO or STSDSD ?
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@Navin Gurung sir, theoretically you can avoid most of these courses till 31st Dec 2016.
However like we said before Refresher MFA Course and STSDSD Course are bare minimum which you require for Engine Department for time being.
SSO Refresher course is required for Management level in some companies and is considered an advanced course for STSDSD, we recommend you confirm from your shipping company in India. STSDSD course is mandatory for everyone with designated duties on-board a merchant ship. Please check SSO Course vs STSDSD Course for more details.
Also note, you will need to do Revalidation course for Engineer Officers later for Indian COC Revalidation. This course includes Refresher MFA. We highly recommend you to check seatime calculator to know which all courses are included in it ! Best of luck friend.
- Why to do refresher Medical First Aid / Medical care ?
Refresher MFA / MEDICARE are MLC 2006 requirement which came into force in AUG 2013. Refresher MFA / Medicare is required for operational / Management level rank and required to be done every 5 years.
- Why are cooks required to have COC now ?
Cook Certificate of competency too is MLC 2006 requirement.
- What is Able Seafarer - DECK / ENGINE ?
Ratings now require particular sea-time for promotion. Sea-time gets counted only after certification of rating forming part of a navigational /engine watch. To receive rating forming part of a navigational /engine watch certificate one needs to have actual sailing experience. Please refer STCW 2010 code Sec A II/5 or Sec A III/5 respectively for details.
- Do I need to do up-gradation course along with Refresher Safety Course ?
Since every seafarer needs to comply with STCW 2010 by Jan 2017, if your COC is expiring now you will be going for re-validation course too along with refresher safety course. Having said that, most Basic safety refresher course can be delayed till 31st Dec 2016.
DG Shipping presently is issuing all COC till 31st Dec 2016, it might be interesting to see how things turnout at that time as many seafarer will then need revalidation depending upon their merchant navy rank.
- I am going for promotional exams, do I need to do upgradation course ?
No, promotional STCW courses (2nd mates, Mates Phase 1/2, ASM, MEO Class 4, MEO Class 2 ,and MEO Class 1) already have incorporated STCW 2010 module after July 2012. Other basic safety courses are valid till 31st Dec 2016 or 5 yrs from issuing of basic safety courses (which ever is later).
- Why am I asked to fill E-samudra ?
Esamudra perhaps is Indian DG Shipping system of maintaining electronic copy of seafarer records. As per STCW 2010 "... provisions shall be made to allow controlled electronic access to such register or registers to allow Parties and companies to confirm..." seafarers details. Hence administration asks you to keep your records updated electronically.
- Why am I asked to fill MMD Seafarer Profile then ?
We did not find a single circular refrence of MMD seafarer profile, yet MMD Mumbai wants seafarers to fill the same ! We are sorry, we still do not know why ?(MMD Seafarer Profile not required at MMD Mumbai)
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