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December 7, 2001


IMO adds to STCW "White List"
The International Maritime Organization has updated its list of countries assessed as properly implementing the revised STCW Convention (the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers).

Eight more member states have communicated information demonstrating that they are giving "full and complete effect" to the relevant provisions of the Convention.

Other parties to STCW Convention are entitled to accept, in principle, that certificates issued by or on behalf of the countries on the List are in compliance with the revised STCW as amended in 1995.

The 1995 amendments entered into force on 1 February 1997. The amended Convention sets out clearly defined minimum competency requirements for all seafarers and takes into account developments in technology since the original 1978 Convention was adopted.

A flag state that is on the list may, as a matter of policy, elect not to accept seafarers with certificates issued by non-listed 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 will be required to hold either 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.

The full List of Parties assessed to be properly implementing the revised STCW Convention is below and attached.




Algeria
Antigua and Barbuda
Argentina
Australia
Azerbaijan
Bahamas
Bangladesh
Barbados
Belgium
Belize
Brazil
Bulgaria
Canada
Chile
China
Colombia
Comoros
Cote d'Ivoire
Croatia
Cuba
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Democratic Peoples'
Republic of Korea
Denmark*
Dominica
Ecuador
Egypt
Estonia
Ethiopia
Fiji
Finland
France
Georgia
Germany
Ghana
Greece
Honduras
Hungary
Iceland
India
Indonesia
Ireland
Islamic Republic of Iran
Italy
Israel
Jamaica
Japan
Kiribati
Latvia
Liberia
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Madagascar
Malaysia
Maldives
Malta
Marshall Islands
Mauritius
México
Micronesia (Federated States of)
Morocco
Myanmar
Netherlands
New Zealand
Nigeria
Norway
Pakistan
Panama
Papua New Guinea
Peru
Philippines
Poland
Portugal
Republic of Korea
Romania
Russian Federation
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Samoa
Senegal
Singapore
Slovak Republic
Slovenia
Solomon Islands
South Africa
Spain
Sri Lanka
Sweden
Switzerland
Thailand
Tonga
Trinidad & Tobago
Tunisia
Turkey
Tuvalu
Ukraine
United Kingdom**
United States
Uruguay
Vanuatu
Venezuela
Viet Nam
Yugoslavia
China (Hong Kong SAR)***


* Includes: Faeroe Islands
** Includes: Isle of Man
Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Gibraltar
*** Associate Member

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