Covid-19: Guidance on extending STCW Certificates
maintain the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification
and Watchkeeping for seafarers (STCW Convention) 1978, as amended, and the
International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and
Watchkeeping for Fishing Vessel Personnel (STCW-F), 1995, Administrations will
need to co-operate.
The IMO recently issued Circular Letter No.4204, in which they petition all issuing Administrations to “take a pragmatic and practical approach with regard to the extension of certificates and endorsements, as strictly necessary, and to notify ships, seafarers and relevant Administrations accordingly”.
This memorandum of understanding has been extended to Port State Control Authorities.
It is encouraging to see that many Administrations have responded to the IMO’s appeal and are issuing circulars that provide advice on certification extension. It's important to note that extension periods differ by Administration.
Where it is necessary for the Member to obtain an extension, to keep their seafarers’ certification and endorsements valid, the Member must contact the issuing Administration directly.