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Circular No. 01/2018 of the Department of Merchant Shipping on the Amendments to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, STCW 78, as amended

As per Circular 01/2018 issued by the Department of Merchant Shipping (DMS) the amendments to the STCW Convention and STCW Code came into force on 01.01.2018. These amendments relate to the mandatory minimum requirements for the training and qualification of masters, officers, ratings and other personnel on passenger ships as well as mandatory minimum requirements for the training and qualification of masters and deck officers on ships operating in polar waters. These amendments can be found in the annex of Resolution MSC.416(97) and Resolution MSC.417(97) of the STCW Convention and STCW Code respectively.

The new amendments apply to Cyprus flagged passenger vessels and Cyprus flagged vessels which are operating in polar waters, foreign-flagged passenger vessels visiting Cyprus ports and seafarers employed on board the above mentioned vessels.

The DMS shall recognize seafarers’ certificates issued as per paragraph 4 of Resolution MSC.416(97), by a Country whose certificates of competency are recognised by the Republic of Cyprus.

The DMS supports the early voluntary implementation of the new amendments related to the mandatory minimum requirements for the training and qualification of masters and deck officers on ships operating in polar waters.

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