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.
Antigua and Barbuda
Republic of Korea
Islamic Republic of Iran
Micronesia (Federated States of)
Papua New Guinea
Republic of Korea
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Trinidad & Tobago
China (Hong Kong SAR)***
* Includes: Faeroe Islands
** Includes: Isle of Man
Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Gibraltar
*** Associate Member