The STCW Convention 1978 was amended by the 2010 Manila amendments and contains new requirements for all seafarers.
Seafarers revalidating their Certificates of Competency (CoCs) will be required to submit additional evidence to ensure their CoC is valid for service on certain types of ships after 31 December 2016.
1 January 2012
Manila amendments entered into force
1 July 2013
New entrants commencing training must do so in accordance with the new Manila provisions. All training programs must be in accordance with the new Manila requirements
1 January 2014
Security training in accordance with the Manila amendments becomes mandatory
1 January 2017
All certificates must meet STCW Manila requirements. No STCW-95 certificates will be accepted
Before your certificate can be revalidated, you must show continued professional competence by providing evidence of approved seagoing service, performing functions appropriate to the certificate held, for a total of either:
If you haven’t gained enough seagoing service during the five-year period, an STCW certificate may be revalidated by:
STCW allows for professional competence to be established by having performed functions ashore considered to be equivalent to the above seagoing service.
The Director may revalidate an STCW certificate if a holder has completed at least 2.5 years non-seagoing experience in the previous five years in a position considered by the Director to be equivalent to seagoing service.
These may include:
Evidence must be provided of physical and medical fitness, including eyesight and hearing, to the standards included in the STCW Manila amendments. This evidence must be a valid Seafarer Certificate of Medical Fitness.
Advisory circular on Maritime Rules Part 34: Medical Standards, 2012 [PDF: 89K, 15 pages]
If an application for revalidation of a Certificate of Competency (CoC) is made within the six months before the CoC expiry date, STCW allows that the certificate may be revalidated until the fifth anniversary of the CoC expiry date.
After the rules are amended in 2013, as long as the current revalidation requirements are met, CoCs received for revalidation within the six months before they expire will be revalidated until the fifth anniversary of the current CoC’s expiry date.
Certificates received outside this six-month period will be revalidated for five years from the date of revalidation.
Deck officers working on board ships fitted with an Electronic Chart Display Information System (ECDIS) must undergo specific education and training in accordance with IMO Model Course 1.27.
If you have a New Zealand CoC (issued in compliance with STCW Regulations II/1, II/2 and II/3) that needs revalidation, you must make sure to comply with the new STCW requirements so that your CoC is valid on ships fitted with ECDIS, and remains valid after 31 December 2016.
Guidance on the introduction of ECDIS installations and training requirements is available at http://www.thefutureofnavigation.com/pdf/Are-you-ready-for-the-new-ECDIS-regulations.pdf
Deck officers not meeting this requirement will receive the following CoC limitation:
“From 1 January 2017 this certificate is not valid for service on ships fitted with ECDIS.”
Deck officers may ask for this limitation to be removed once they have provided documentary evidence of completing MNZ-approved ECDIS training.
Satisfactory completion of a generic ECDIS training course, an Electronic Navigation Course including ECDIS as a component, or a Navigation Control and Emergency course in the Mate/Master programme, at the New Zealand Maritime School after 1 January 2011 will have met STCW Manila amendment requirements for generic ECDIS training.
MNZ will also accept evidence of an AMSA-approved ECDIS course, or an ECDIS course approved by the MCA issued after 2005.
Separate tanker endorsements will be required for oil/chemical tankers and for liquefied gas tankers.
The Manila amendments define continued professional competence for seafarers revalidating tanker endorsements under Regulation I/11 as:
Seafarers revalidating tanker endorsements must provide evidence of approved sea service appropriate to each of the types of tanker endorsement(s) in their CoC.
Where it doesn’t already exist, additional education and training in human elements, leadership and management will be introduced to the syllabus for New Zealand certificates before 1 July 2013.
Seafarers meeting the current CoC revalidation requirements will have gained sufficient leadership and management skills and will not require further training.
A High Voltage (HV) system (over 1000V) is where voltage is generated and distributed at high voltage or transformed to and distributed at high voltage. It does not include systems where high voltage is utilised locally e.g. ignition systems, radio transmission, radar or other navigational equipment.
The Manila amendments bring in the requirement for engineer officers to undergo education and training in HV systems, at both the operational and management levels. This requirement will apply to all Engineer Officers starting training after 1 July 2013. From 1 January 2017, all Engineer Officers who work on ships with HV systems will need to comply.
This requirement comes into force on 1 January 2017 but will affect the revalidation of Engineering CoCs from 1 January 2012.
There is no requirement for additional training to be undertaken by all existing Engineer Officers, whether or not they intend to work on ships with HV equipment. However, HV training requirements will be incorporated in the future training programmes for Engineer Officers at both the operational and management levels.
No additional action is required for Engineer Officers who do not, or don’t intend to, work on ships with HV systems. These Engineer Officers will receive the following CoC limitation:
“From 1 January 2017 this certificate is not valid for service on ships fitted with High Voltage (over 1000V) systems”
Engineer Officers may subsequently request the removal of this limitation by providing documentary evidence of MNZ approved HV training.
The 2010 Manila Amendments to the STCW Code introduce requirements for seafarers required to hold any of the following certificates of proficiency:
Seafarers required to hold any of the above certificates of proficiency shall, every five years, provide evidence of having maintained the required standard of competence to undertake the tasks, duties and responsibilities specified in the above stated tables.
Seafarers revalidating their CoC or CoP after 1 January 2017 will be required to submit documentary evidence of having completed such training. There is no requirement to provide documentary evidence for having completed this training if a seafarer applies for revalidation before 1 January 2017.
MNZ may accept on-board training and experience as evidence of having maintained certain areas of the required standards of competence. Records should be kept of this on-board training and experience. Remaining areas of competence will need to be demonstrated through evidence of completion of a shore-based training refresher course. A summary of acceptable on-board training and experience and the competencies that must be demonstrated through completion of a training course is contained in the Seafarer certification document.
Seafarer certification - 2012 [PDF: 1.61Mb, 91 pages]
After 1 January 2014, all seafarers seeking new certificates or revalidating existing certificates must complete security awareness training in accordance with STCW 78, as amended, regulation VI/6.
From 1 January 2017 all seafarers must hold an endorsement, or a Certificate of Proficiency, in Security Awareness Training.
Until 1 January 2014 you may apply to MNZ for a Security Awareness Training endorsement if you have:
If you cannot satisfy these sea service requirements you must complete a Security Awareness Training course. Training providers are developing these courses and, once approved, they will be listed.
Your endorsement will be issued in line with your certificate, or for a rating, for 5 years.
To apply for an endorsement you must provide the flowing:
Application for a marine qualification form [PDF: 130Kb, 3 pages]
Security awareness endorsement pro forma letter letter [DOC: 16Kb, 1 page]
Please ensure that you send your application in plenty of time, so MNZ receives it before 24 December 2013. Applications received after this date cannot be processed.
If you do not obtain an endorsement before 1 January 2014, refer to the next arrangements below.
After 1 January 2014 seafarers must complete security awareness training, and will receive a Certificate of Proficiency in Security Awareness Training.
The effect of these requirements is that from 1 January 2014, seafarers revalidating their certificate of competency who do not have a certificate of proficiency or endorsement in security awareness training must complete an approved security awareness training course, to enable their certificate of competency to be valid after 1 January 2017.
MNZ will accept a Certificate of Proficiency in Security Awareness Training approved by the administration of any country with which New Zealand has a memorandum of understanding regarding recognition of STCW certificates. A list of such countries is available below.
Current (2013) rule requirements for revalidation of a GMDSS Radio Operators CoC will be amended in 2014 to align with STCW seagoing service requirements for revalidation of certificates of competency as follows:
The Director may also accept evidence of having performed functions relating to the category of GMDSS Certificate held which are considered to be at least equivalent to the seagoing service required above. These may include: