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Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping launch questionnaire

Published on: 18 December 2019

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The International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW), 1978 sets minimum qualification standards for masters, officers and watch personnel on seagoing merchant ships and large yachts. STCW was adopted in 1978 by conference at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in London and entered into force in 1984. Since then the Standards have been revised to meet modern day training requirements.

The STCW has launched a questionnaire to engage with industry professionals, especially serving seafarers about the current Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) mandatory training requirement and its importance for today’s engineering officers. This is to ensure that seafarers can receive and/or maintain the level of knowledge, understanding, professional competence and performance standard suitable and relevant to today’s industry and ever improving engineering and/or technical equipment needs. It is only reasonable for seafarer’s training to be made to reflect the modern nature of sea navigation.

Please see below links to the STCW review questionnaires. This is now live and ready for seafarer and industry consumption.

Electro-technical -

Engineering -

Navigation/Deck -

British Marine members can obtain further training advice by emailing the British Marine Training team on