December 11, 2000

IMO releases STCW "White List"
MO releases STCW "White List"
The so-called "White List" of countries deemed to be giving "full and complete effect" to the revised STCW Convention (STCW 95) has been published by IMO
Click here to see the list.

The 73rd session of the Organization's Maritime Safety Committee (MSC), meeting from 27 November to 6 December 2000, formally endorsed the findings of a working group established to examine a report made by the Secretary-General to the MSC, which revealed that 71 countries and one Associate Member of IMO had met the criteria for inclusion on the list.

The 1995 amendments to STCW (the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers), revised and updated the original 1978 Convention, setting out clearly defined minimum competency requirements for all seafarers. A position on the White List entitles other parties to accept, in principle, that certificates issued by or on behalf of the parties on the list are in compliance with the convention.

Tighter PSC targeting expected

It is expected that ships flying flags of countries that are not on the White List will be increasingly targeted by Port State Control inspectors. A flag state that's on the White List may, as a matter of policy, elect not to accept seafarers with certificates issued by non White List countries for service on its ships. If it does accept such seafarers, they will be required by February 1, 2002 also to have an endorsement, issued by the flag state, to show that their certificate is recognized by the flag state. By February ,1 2002, masters and officers should hold STCW 95 certificates or endorsements issued by the flag state. Certificates issued and endorsed under the provisions of the 1978 STCW Convention will be valid until their expiry date.

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